Research within the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry covers a wide spectrum of topics. We are particularly strong in synthetic chemistry, biological and medicinal chemistry, imaging and sensing, main group chemistry, and femtochemistry.
In 2020, Nature Index ranked NTU 23rd among worldwide academic institutions in chemistry research.
We are housed in one of the world's best chemistry buildings, equipped with state-of-the-art instruments including seven high-field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers, an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (ESR) spectrometer, a confocal microscope, three X-ray diffractometers, and a range of mass spectrometers, Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEMs), and other instruments. These facilities are accessible not only to postgraduate researchers, but also to undergraduates
Recent Research Highlights
Creating Pollen-Based Microrobots
In a feat of nanotechnology, researchers have developed self-propelling microrobots made of pollen grains.
18 Nov 2020
Discovery of a Two-Dimensional Carborane Cluster
Chemists have isolated a new form of carborane, a flat cluster of carbon and boron atoms, overturning established theoretical rules of cluster chemistry.
20 Jul 2020
First Ultrafast Observation of Water Radical Ions
One of the fastest chemical processes known to mankind has been observed for the first time.
15 Jan 2020
Novel Photocatalyst Breaks Down Plastic Waste
A newly-developed method harnesses sunlight to turn plastic waste into useful chemicals.
12 Dec 2019
- Detecting Disease Using Light and Sound (14 Jun 2019)
- How Radiation Damages Molecules Over Femtoseconds (23 Sep 2019)
- Solvent-Free Synthesis of Advanced Materials (16 Aug 2019)
- A New Class of Organic Reactions (30 Jan 2019)
- Phosphenium Catalysis (3 Dec 2018)
- Explaining the Colour of Edible Bird's Nest (08 Jun 2018)
- Nanostructure for Nitrogen Fixation (14 May 2018)