• #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.

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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

Elements at Mac

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

When you were at Mac, did you discover that you were in your element? Be in your element and a part of the Arthur Bourns... Read more

Accepting Applications for Level I TA's

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Teaching Assistant Job Posting for Chemistry and Chemical Biology - Chem 1A03/1EO3 and 1AA3 Details for the positions may be found by following this link: http://macdrive.mcmaster.ca/f/f5fb1cb551cd4b1a8c5b/ Not all... Read more

C&CB is Currently looking for an Assistant Professor (Contractually Limited) in Chemical Education

Monday, 4 June 2018

The Department Chemistry & Chemical Biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, invites applications for a two-year contractually limited faculty position at the Assistant... Read more

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (C&CB) is currently looking for a Laboratory Manager

Monday, 4 June 2018

C&CB has historically operated its research program within the Arthur Bourns Building (ABB) as stand-alone spaces that are the responsibility of a single principle investigator... Read more

Pint of Science global science festival makes research and researchers accessible

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Over three days in May, across five continents, in more than 300 cities, science finds its way out of the lab and into the pubs... Read more

Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Honours Dr. Alex Bain

Friday, 11 May 2018

This latest issue of Concepts in Magnetic Resonance was prepared in honour of the late Alex Bain.  The front cover includes a lovely photo of... Read more

Dr. Jose Moran Mirabal recognized with Canada Research Chair

Friday, 4 May 2018

 José Moran-Mirabal, associate professor, chemistry and chemical biology, holds the Canada Research Chair in Micro- and Nanostructured Materials (Tier 2).  Moran-Mirabal is developing new, more... Read more

Alex Adronov Recognized For His Contribution to Macromolecular Science

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

McMaster’s Chemistry & Chemical Biology continues its winning streak at the Chemical Institute of Canada’s annual awards. Alex Adronov, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, is this... Read more

John Valliant wins Life Science Company of the Year Award

Monday, 5 March 2018

A McMaster spin-off company won the Life Sciences Company of the Year award. Fusion’s CEO, John Valliant, Canada Research Chair in Medical Isotopes and Molecular Imaging... Read more

Britz-McKibbin awarded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Friday, 2 March 2018

Philip Britz-McKibbin has been awarded a 3-year, $100,000 per year grant from Cystic Fibrosis Canada for his program entitled “Metabolomics for Improved Screening and Prognosis... Read more

Monsaroff Competition 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Monsaroff Student Paper Competition took place on February 12, 2018. This annual event is hosted by the McMaster Chemical Engineering Club and sponsored by... Read more

Richard (Dick) Tomlinson, 1924 to 2018

Monday, 5 February 2018

Professor Emeritus Richard H. Tomlinson, OC (born c. 1924), a chemist and philanthropist, has passed. He is best known as a founding director of Gennum Corp... Read more

Upcoming Events

Friday, 27 July 2018, 10 00 AM - 12 00 PM
C&CB Golf Day ay Apollo Valley Golf Club
Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 01 00 PM - 02 30 PM
Annual Ice Cream Social and Employee Services Fair
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