About the Department

A word from the Chair

Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences is currently ranked #2 in Canada and is one of the top 75 departments worldwide. Chemistry is known as the central science, and this is clearly evident when assessing the breadth and strengths of the research and teaching endeavours of our department. First-class undergraduate programs in pure chemistry (with options in ecochemistry and materials science) and biochemistry thrive along with our tremendously popular biopharmaceutical sciences program. In addition to Undergraduate Student Research Awards offered through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), we offer numerous unique opportunities for hands-on undergraduate research experience, including uOttawa’s Undergraduate Research Scholar program, Cooperative Education placements, and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.

The diverse world-class research programs of our 40 internationally-recognized faculty members are having enormous impact. Such impact is routinely recognized and rewarded through competitive grant programs as well as an extensive list of national and international awards. Our department is home to two winners of the Herzberg Canada Gold Medal, eight Canada Research Chairs, and five University Research Chairs. We are home to a thriving graduate program which enables Ph.D. and M.Sc. students to carry out cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines. In addition to the classical areas of organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, and theoretical chemistry, we offer unique graduate opportunities in various specialized areas including biological chemistry, catalysis, and materials chemistry.

Our ability to provide top-notch research and educational opportunities to our students is also due in large part to the excellent infrastructure available at uOttawa. Undergraduate laboratory courses benefit from a recently renovated laboratory with access to dedicated research equipment. Exceptional sustained support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation has provided our department with world-class core facilities in nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography, as well as materials characterization and biocatalysis facilities. Synergies with the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation, along with the newly-established Centre for Advanced Materials Research make for a truly exceptional research and teaching environment at uOttawa.

If you are looking for an exciting and innovative environment in which to pursue your studies, I strongly urge you to consider the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

David L. Bryce
Chair - Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
D'Iorio Hall, room 106
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

Telephone: (613) 562-5769
Fax: (613) 562-5170

Contact information for the Office of the Chair

Former Chairs
Years Chairs
1954 - 1960 Raymond Lemieux
1961 - 1967 Keith Laidler
1967 - 1970 Brian Conway
1970 - 1976 Hans Baer
1976 - 1981 Brian Conway
1981 - 1983 Tony Durst
1983 - 1986 Howard Alper
1986 - 1989 Robert Fraser
1989 - 1994 Howard Alper
1994 - 1997 Christian Detellier
1997 - 2000 Barry Morrow
2000 - 2003 Darrin Richeson
2003 - 2009 Alain St-Amant
2009 - 2012 Tito Scaiano
2012 - 2016 Paul Mayer
2016 - David Bryce
Chair’s Service Excellence Award

The Chair’s Service Excellence Award was established in 2017 to recognize outstanding service and outreach contributions by a member of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences.


2020 - Alison Flynn

2019 – Sean Kirkwood, David Needham, Michael Robb

2018 - Kathy-Sarah Focsaneanu

2017 - Daniel Lafleur, Wendy Pell

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