Our teaching and research advances the frontiers of the chemical and physical sciences to solve real-world challenges.

We specialise in research covering diverse topics, including:

  • studies of particles, fields and radiation and their interaction with matter
  • the design, synthesis, characterisation and study of the properties of molecules and materials
  • the implementation of these molecules and materials in various applications.

Our outcomes have included finding cheaper and efficient materials for storing renewable energy, and determining the elasticity of crystals down to the atomic level.

Our research

Surface Science and 2D Materials

The Surface Science and 2D Materials Group investigates matter on the nano-scale to design and engineer 2D materials that have applications in electronics, energy, environmental and sensing technologies.

Our surface science and 2D materials research

Molecular Recognition and Sensors

The Molecular Recognition & Sensors team is a multi-disciplinary research group interested in the development and application of nanotechnology for identification and quantification of selected analytes.

Our molecular recognition and sensors research

MACROARC Soft Matter Materials Group

Established in 2008, and now calling Brisbane home, the MACROARC lab houses over 40 active researchers in the field of synthetic and physical polymer material science.

Learn more about MACROARC

Inorganic Nanomaterials Lab

The Golberg Group at QUT designs inorganic nanomaterials for structural and green energy applications.

More about our Inorganic Nanomaterials Lab

National Battery Testing Centre

The National Battery Testing Centre (NBTC) was established at the Queensland University of Technology to test multiple types and sizes of battery systems in real-world conditions for Australian applications.

More about the National Battery Testing Centre

Our research partnerships

We're working with you to find solutions to your problems. Reach result through a collaborative partnership with our experienced research experts who make active contributions to their fields.

Our partnerships

Learning and teaching experience

Our chemistry and physics courses have a strong applied emphasis so our students spend a significant amount of time in laboratories developing extensive practical skills.

Browse our courses

Our staff

Associate Professor Jennifer MacLeod
Position
Head of School
School
School of Chemistry & Physics
Research fields
Condensed Matter Physics
Nanotechnology
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Professor Stephen Blanksby
Position
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure)/Principal Research Fellow (Mass Spectrometry)
Division / Faculty
Research Portfolio
Research fields
Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Other Chemical Sciences
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Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik
Position
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Research)
Division / Faculty
Research Portfolio
Research fields
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Nanotechnology
Organic Chemistry
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Professor Esa Jaatinen
Position
Director of Graduate Research Education and Development
Division / Faculty
School of Chemistry & Physics
Research field
Optical Physics
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Professor Dmitri Golberg
Position
Professor & Australian Laureate Fellow
Division / Faculty
School of Chemistry & Physics
Research field
Nanotechnology
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Professor Godwin Ayoko
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Chemistry & Physics
Research fields
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Science and Management
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Professor Steven Bottle
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Chemistry & Physics
Research fields
Organic Chemistry
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry
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News and events

29 Nov 2021

NeoARM microscope enables real-time research at the atomic level

A super-resolution electron microscope that allows Australian scientists to observe and manipulate individual atoms is now operational at QUT.

26 Nov 2021

Teens tackle tech challenges at regional STEM summits

QUT’s Future You STEM Summit for high-achieving teenagers is hitting the road for its very first visit to Cairns, Bundaberg, Mackay and Toowoomba.

5 Nov 2021

Research in Focus competition finds beauty in discovery

This beautiful microscopic image of a coral polyp the size of a pinhead has won QUT’s 2021 Research in Focus competition.

Contact us

Contact the School of Chemistry and Physics for more information on our courses, research and staff.