Research centres

The School of Chemistry is proud to collaborate with other schools and the community across multiple research centres.

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ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science is researching new ways to source and use energy.

The Centre is a collaboration between Australian universities and international partners to research better ways to manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials.

We work with industry partners to find innovative solutions for renewable energy in:

  • solar energy conversion
  • energy-efficient lighting and displays
  • security labelling and optical sensor platforms for defence.

Australian Centre for NanoMedicine

The Australian Centre for NanoMedicine (ACN) combines Medicine, Science and Engineering to deliver therapeutic solutions to research problems in medicine. ACN is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and curing of diseases, especially hard to treat diseases.

ACN is a translational research centre based on a multidisciplinary approach that undertakes basic, clinical and institutional technological research. This research is directed at increasing capabilities in specific disease focused programs by bringing biological scientists and nanotechnologists together to encourage collaboration and development of new technologies.

NSW Smart Sensing Network

The NSW Smart Sensing Network brings together smart sensing expertise in academia, industry and government to develop a strong, collaborative and innovative network that will deliver economic and social benefits for New South Wales. 

ARC Training Centre - Chemical Industries

The ARC Training Centre - Chemical Industries provides an innovative framework for graduate training through sustainable industry engagement with world-leading academic researchers.

ATCI brings together three leading Universities (The University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales and Swinburne University of Technology), chemical industry companies and Chemistry Australia in a unique collaboration that will provide greater alignment between the chemical industry’s need for highly-skilled STEM graduates equipped with excellent academic training, relevant industry skills and experience. 

Australian Centre for Astrobiology

The Australian Centre for Astrobiology is the only centre of astrobiological research in Australia. ACA is an Associate Member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute–one of only two in the world. Founded by Prof. Malcolm Walter in July 2001 at Macquarie University, then moved to UNSW in 2008, the ACA also has close links with the European Space Agency and other international space agencies and institutions around the world.