• #BrighterWorld

    Chemistry & Chemical Biology at McMaster lets you explore the chemistry of solids and living systems. Strong links among our research and teaching combined with internationally recognized faculty members and facilities make this Department one of the best in Canada.

  • Research


    We pursue cutting-edge, collaborative research, developing tools and techniques that improve lives...

  • Undergraduate Studies

    Undergraduate Studies

    Our undergraduate programs give students the tools to break down real world problems, such as how to monitor a disease’s progress or build a better battery, and apply their knowledge to design possible solutions. Laboratory courses give students hands on experience to test hypotheses using state-of-the-art equipment and laboratory facilities.

  • Graduate Studies

    Graduate Studies

    Our graduate programs offer opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research in all disciplines of modern chemical science. Explore to see the exciting opportunities that our Department can provide and find research areas to match your interests.

  • Analytical Services

    Analytical Services

    The combination of state-of-the-art equipment and experienced, professional personnel provides unparalleled analytical services to our academic and industry clients. Our staff work closely with clients to solve unique research questions. We also offer compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) , a standard no other academic lab in North America offers.


All courses for every first-year Science student will be delivered online this fall. A limited number of students in their second, third and fourth years will return to campus for part of the semester.

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Prospective Students

Hands-on experience, state-of-the-art labs modelled on industry set-ups and innovative teaching approaches – all mark our undergraduate programs

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Graduate Studies

Award-winning researchers and state-of-the-art research facilities combined with cross-disciplinary collaborative opportunities give our students unparalleled opportunities to explore

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Our faculty and students pursue cutting-edge, collaborative research, developing tools and techniques that improve lives and enhance our understanding of the world

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Analytical Services

We specialize in helping our academic and industry partners solve their analytical needs, including NMR and MS GMP testing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)

Latest News

Meet New Faculty Member - Lydia Chen

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Meet Lydia Chen, an Assistant Professor in the Department Of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. Lydia is joining us from Ryerson University. Who or what inspired you... Read more

Alex Adronov named director of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Polymer chemist Alex Adronov has been named director of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research (BIMR) – an appointment that follows a long association with... Read more

Here is what to expect from C&CB in the Fall Term - 2209

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

To all students in chemistry, chemical biology and sustainable chemistry programs: First, a big welcome to our in-coming level 2 students! We will be sending... Read more

McMaster chemists develop foolproof new test to track the fats we eat

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

A team of researchers at McMaster has developed a reliable and accurate blood test to track individual fat intake, a tool that could guide public... Read more

McMaster Science Cares with Kylie Luska

Friday, 17 April 2020

“We have almost made it! Classes, labs, assignments and midterms have now been completed. Only final exams are left now. I know that this still... Read more

McMaster Science Cares with Linda Davis

Friday, 3 April 2020

"This is my home “office” aka my dining table.  The future Mac grad (bottom left) is not loving the transition to online learning.I think about... Read more

McMaster Science Cares with Paul Harrison

Friday, 3 April 2020

“I know courses must seem particularly difficult at this stressful time, and not least for those in the organic chemistry class!  But stay positive, stay... Read more

McMaster Science Cares with Jose Moran-Mirabal

Thursday, 2 April 2020

"This is me from my recently installed home office, where I connect daily with my undergraduate and graduate students. I have been impressed with everyone's... Read more

McMaster Science Cares with Sharonna Greenberg

Thursday, 2 April 2020

“It is not easy to learn online or to stay motivated to keep up with your schoolwork. Feel free to reach out to your professors... Read more

McMaster Science Cares with Michael Brook

Thursday, 2 April 2020

“The best part of teaching is the dialogue with students and when, after a discussion, both parties can go, “Oh, I never thought about it... Read more

Changes to Spring/Summer Course Delivery

Monday, 30 March 2020

Given the current unprecedented circumstances caused by COVID 19, regrettably, the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology has decided to make changes to many of... Read more

Three Science faculty members recognized for research excellence

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Colleagues have awarded Faculty of Science Research Chairs to Louis Schmidt, Gillian Goward and Martin Gibala. The faculty members will join last year’s cohort of Michael Brook, Kari Dalnoki-Veress and Allison Williams. Maureen... Read more

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 22 October 2020, 01 30 PM - 02 30 PM
Departmental Seminar – Prof. Juewen Liu (University of Waterloo)
McMaster University - Faculty of Science | Chemistry & Chemical Biology