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
Head of School
School of Chemistry & Physics
Research fields
Condensed Matter Physics
Associate Professor Maggie Gulbinska
Principal Research Fellow in Battery Systems
Division / Faculty
School of Chemistry & Physics
Mr Darren Pearce
Division / Faculty
School of Chemistry & Physics
Research field
Other Physical Sciences
Mr Felix Lo
Mechanical Engineer (Design & Process)
Division / Faculty
School of Chemistry & Physics
Mrs Tess McGlone
Senior Project Coordinator - Future Battery Industries Projects at QUT
Division / Faculty
School of Chemistry & Physics
Research field
Business and Management
Mr Mark Quinlan
Technologist (Chemical & Process Engineering)
Division / Faculty
School of Chemistry & Physics

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News and events

24 Jan 2022

QUT research could end global banana threat

QUT and Hort Innovation have launched a $9.8 million research project to develop Cavendish and Goldfinger bananas that are resistant to Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4), a deadly disease that is threatening global production.

17 Jan 2022

Space, solar and autonomous transport facilities among Linkage grant success

New facilities for testing space technologies, automated transport and green energy solutions are among QUT projects funded in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Program grants.

7 Jan 2022

QUT gains grants under ARC Discovery Project funding

A research project to avert disaster by creating new ways to assess bushfire risk and another investigating the diversification of Australian marsupials are among 19 QUT projects to be awarded Australian Research Council Discovery Project funding.  

Contact us

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