School of Chemistry and Physics

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

Our research

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 academics actively research in the Molecular Recognition and Sensors research group where we design, manufacture and discover new application for nanosensors. Outcomes from this research include electrochemical sensors that quickly identify illicit drugs and a novel method for detecting rhuEPO doping in athletes.

Molecular Recognition and Sensors website

Advanced materials

While past societies depended on stone or bronze or iron, it's materials such as silicon and polymers that are supporting and transforming the world today. Our Materials Science and Engineering research group investigates existing materials and designs and optimises new materials that are efficient and sustainable.

Materials Science and Engineering website

Our courses


"QUT not only gave me scientific training and skills, but also the ability to diversify into broad science opportunities. A career highlight has been working in India for PepsiCo as a water quality specialist for a water re-use initiative."

Steven Cox

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)


"QUT's physics degree allowed me to learn about different areas such as astro, quantum, mechanics, thermodynamics and radiation. My classes were very hands on and I got to practise on equipment such as electron microscopes to study nano-sized structures and particles."

Bree Sutherland

Bachelor of Science (Physics)

Our partners

The core of our industry engagement is through our research and research training activities and our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs.

We partner with businesses and organisations from start-ups to multi-nationals and our scope of application is inclusive.

Ask us about becoming a partner

Universities and institutes

  • Australian National University
  • Australian Synchrotron
  • Deakin University
  • Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Monash University
  • University of New South Wales
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong

Government agencies

  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Department of Education and Training

Our people

Our school brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.

Contact us

Find us at
Level 2, E Block, Room 202
Gardens Point