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  • #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

    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.

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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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Research

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

Teaching-Track Assistant Professor

Monday, 2 December 2019

Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, McMaster University  The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology invites applications for a teaching-track faculty position at the Assistant... Read more

Dr. Britz McKibbin, a Diet Detective

Friday, 25 October 2019

Diet detectives Researchers at McMaster have identified several chemical signatures, detectable in blood and urine, that can accurately measure dietary intake, potentially offering a new tool... Read more

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Environmental Chemistry Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, McMaster University

Monday, 23 September 2019

The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) at McMaster University invites applications to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in... Read more

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Molecular Medicine Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, McMaster University

Monday, 23 September 2019

The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) at McMaster University invites applications to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in... Read more

Scientists find simple urine test could offer a non-invasive approach for diagnosis of IBS patients

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Philip Britz-McKibbin in his lab. Photo by JD Howell. Scientists at McMaster have identified new biomarkers for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in urine, which could lead... Read more

Scientists map elusive toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer’s, providing new molecular clues for prevention

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Rashik Ahmed, lead author and PhD candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences with Giuseppe Melacini, senior author and a professor in the... Read more

Three McMaster researchers receive grants for “high-risk, fast-breaking” research

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

From left to right: Alexander Hynes, Ryan Wylie and Joyce Obeid BY SARA LAUX  MAY 13, 2019 Three McMaster researchers have received funds from the Government of Canada’s New... Read more

Renovations and addition to Arthur Bourns Building complete

Friday, 26 April 2019

Peter Ho, a PhD candidate in chemistry, sits in the newly renovated labs in the Arthur Bourns Building. BY SARA LAUX APRIL 18, 2019A 45,000 square-foot addition... Read more

Hamilton-based McMaster start-up secures $105M (USD) to commercialize potential cancer treatment

Friday, 12 April 2019

From left to right, John Valliant, Fusion’s Chief Executive Officer, with Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, at the announcement of $105... Read more

Gillian Goward and Her Group are Building a Better Battery

Friday, 18 January 2019

Building a better battery Gillian Goward (centre) with graduate students in her lab. (Photo by JD Howell)Theoretically, batteries are simple. First developed in the late eighteenth... Read more

2019 Summer USRA Competition

Friday, 18 January 2019

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards for 2019 in Chemistry and Chemical Biology All interested and highly qualified undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the... Read more

C&CB is looking for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Molecular Medicine

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Molecular Medicine Complete applications must be made online at www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers (Faculty Positions, Job ID 21592) The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology... Read more

Upcoming Events

10Dec
Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 08 00 AM - 04 00 PM
PolyMAC 2019 - conference
12Dec
Thursday, 12 December 2019, 01 30 PM - 02 30 PM
C&CB Seminar - Ozzy Mermut - York University
30Jan
Thursday, 30 January 2020, 01 30 PM - 02 30 PM
C&CB Seminar - Andrew Bennet, Simon Fraser University
4Mar
Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 01 30 PM - 02 30 PM
C&CB Seminar - Paul Schaffer, University of British Columbia
12Mar
Thursday, 12 March 2020, 01 30 PM - 02 30 PM
C&CB Seminar - Viktor Zhdankin, University of Minnesota Duluth
19Mar
Thursday, 19 March 2020, 01 30 PM - 02 30 PM
C&CB Seminar - Linzi Sang, University of Alberta
26Mar
Thursday, 26 March 2020, 01 30 PM - 02 30 PM
C&CB Seminar - Jeremy May, University of Houston
2Apr
Thursday, 2 April 2020, 01 30 PM - 02 30 PM
C&CB Seminar - Warren Chan, University of Toronto
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