Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology

Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology


The Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology promotes the development of applied and industrial research in chemistry, environmental science and biotechnology. Their research is ranked “well above world standard” in the area of Physical Chemistry, as recognised by the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research in Australia.

Our research focus

The Department’s research activities are divided into three key areas:

  • Environmental Biotechnology and Sustainability - bioremediation, water quality, microbial ecology, inorganic catalysis, food safety, pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.
  • Molecular Biotechnology - plant biotechnology, recombinant protein technology, molecular virology and molecular modelling.
  • Physical Chemistry and Polymers –production and characterisation of bioactive compounds, biochemical systematics, microbial enzymology, biopolymers, nanotechnology and biomaterials.

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