History of Chemistry
The beginnings of the Discipline of Chemistry date from the establishment of the Department of Chemistry in February 1885 (eleven years after the establishment of the University of Adelaide) when Edward Henry Rennie took up the position of Professor of Chemistry. The Chair of Chemistry had been endowed by John Howard Angas the previous year and is known as the Angas Chair of Chemistry more.
Teaching programs in Chemistry are conducted at the Undergraduate and Honours level. As well as its mainstream courses Chemistry I, II, and III, additional courses also on Environmental and Analytical Chemistry (II & III), Molecular Biological Chemistry (II & III) and further specialised courses at level III and Honours are provided. Chemistry also offers several named-degree program:
Rapid advances are currently being made in new areas of science such as structure-based drug design, proteomics, and pharmaco-genetics. Now that the mapping of the human genome has been completed, characterising the function of every protein encoded in the human genome is the next challenge. In the Molecular and Drug Design program, students will gain an understanding of how these proteins work, and how their function can be influenced and this knowledge will place graduates at the forefront of this innovative field. The investigation of protein-protein and small molecule-protein interactions has become a significant area of research which promises to provide new approaches to the development of safe and effective drugs to treat a range of human diseases.
Nanoscience is an emerging area of science that involves the study of materials on an ultra-small scale and the novel properties that these materials demonstrate. The Nanoscience & Materials program provides a fundamental and practical understanding of chemistry, enhanced by specialist knowledge of the underlying nanoscience controlling the design and application of functional materials. The program will also cover a wide range of contemporary nanoscience issues including the design of molecular devices with application in the food industry, human and animal health, communications and chemical industries. Students will develop an understanding of the design requirements for a range of advanced materials and quantifying the relationship between chemistry and functional materials.
There are several Chemistry awards for high achieving students at level II, III & Honours.
- The Rennie Scholarship for the top-ranked student (Honours)
- RACI award for the top-ranked student (Level II but formerly Honours)
- G M Badger award for the top-ranked student (Level III)
- AduChem award for excellence in practicals (Levels II & III)
For more information on the various scholarships available to students, please visit the pages listed below:
- Science Scholarships: information about postgraduate scholarships within the Faculty of Sciences
- Postgraduate Scholarships Office: for information on scholarships available to University of Adelaide students
- Honours Scholarships: for information regarding scholarships available to students undertaking Honours studies at the University of Adelaide
- Summer Research Scholarships
Current available scholarships for short term: