• #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.


McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

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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

Journal of Fluorine Chemistry - Ronald Gillespie Obituary

Friday, 13 August 2021

Journal of Fluorine Chemistryjournal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/fluor  Professor Ronald James Gillespie, O.C., F.R.S. (Canada), F.R.S. (UK), was born on August 21, 1924 in London, England and passed... Read more

Professor Ron Gillespie - 1924-2021

Thursday, 12 August 2021

It is with sadness that we share the news that Prof. Ron Gillespie has passed away.  Ron was a notable figure both as an instructor... Read more

Level 1 Chem is Looking for TAs

Friday, 6 August 2021

The first year chemistry program is currently accepting applications for undergraduate teaching assistants for the fall term (CHEM 1A03/1E03 and 1AA3).   Applicants should have completed... Read more

Fall Teaching Assistant Job Posting

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

The second year chemistry program is currently accepting applications for undergraduate teaching assistants for the fall term (CHEM 2OA3).   Applicants should have completed a minimum... Read more

Sustainable Chemistry Program a First in Canada

Monday, 31 May 2021

McMaster University has announced a new honours sustainable chemistry program that the university says is the first of its kind in Canada.The program, which starts in the... Read more

Mike Brook - Chemistry - Good News Stories in Online Teaching in the Faculty of Science

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Course CHEM 2SC3 | Chemistry and Chemical Biology | 18 students Their story Students know best. Half of CHEM 2SC3 (Sustainable Chemistry) were scientists who were not interested... Read more

Career Opportunity - Administrative Assistant - Tenure & Promotion / Graduate

Thursday, 13 May 2021

We are seeking an experienced administrative assistant to support our Departmental Chair and the Chemistry Graduate Program.  This role will be expected to work under... Read more

Update Regarding Spring/Summer Organic Chemistry Courses - 2215

Thursday, 15 April 2021

As you will now be aware, the University has cancelled any in-person activities in courses for the Spring term of 2021.  Accordingly, the Department of... Read more

Spring/Summer Teaching Assistant Job Posting

Thursday, 25 March 2021

The second year chemistry program is currently accepting applications for undergraduate teaching assistants for the spring and summer terms (CHEM 2OA3 and CHEM 2OB3).   Applicants... Read more

Sustainable Chemistry with Mike Brook

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Chem 2SC3/2BC3 are cool new courses on the sustainability minor course list. Listen to Dr. Mike Brook discuss the importance of sustainability to the field... Read more

C&CB Presents - The Magic of Molecules Show - Valentine Addition

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Flashes, bangs and a rainbow of colours.Come learn about the chemistry behind some excitingreactions.The Magic of Molecules Showis a science event that everyone will LOVE..Friday... Read more

Career Opportunity in C&CB

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

We are looking for a Facility Manager! Come join the multidisciplinary team establishing the Centre for Advanced Light Microscopy at McMaster University. Details on the position... Read more

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