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Chemical science

With links to physics, biology and geology, chemical science is driving major advances in medicine, information technology and materials science.

At Curtin, chemical scientists are working in the areas of electrochemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, catalysis, materials and nanotechnology, as well as across the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute, Curtin Institute for Data Science, and The Institute for Geoscience Research, to solve energy problems, address environmental problems and develop new technologies.

Some of our scientists are creating ‘clean electricity’ by replacing extreme heat with electrical currents to turn silica into silicon – at a reduced economic and environmental cost. Others have explained the enigmatic phenomenon of static electricity and why it occurs, offering potential benefits to the mining, electronics and printing industries.

We’re developing sensors that protect houses from environmental pollution, and we’ve discovered how tiny nanocrystals can be manipulated to produce high-quality pictures and lighting in electronic devices.