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Chemistry at the University of Otago: Making, measuring, understanding

Chemistry is so much a part of our lives, sometimes we don't even notice it! It's at the heart of cooking and eating, breathing and seeing, the clothes we wear and the materials we use to construct our environment.

While studying Chemistry at Otago, you'll look at how chemicals interact with each other, with light and with the environment; how to synthesise novel materials and measure trace amounts of pollutants.

Research interests in the Chemistry Department include:

  • Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Inorganic, Supramolecular and Coordination Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Theory and Modelling
  • Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • Marine, Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry

Chemistry enables change in our world – in medicine, technology and the environment.

Study Chemistry at Otago and be part of it!

Postgraduate research opportunities available:
PhD scholarship – Developing real time analysis of marine biomass
(MSc, funded with stipend) Spectroscopy of Disease

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It’s not just our people – the experts in their fields and passionate students – but also the places we teach and learn: Otago Harbour, Fiordland, Stewart Island, Antarctica and the Pacific that mean our students leave here with highly sought-after skills and experiences.