Graduate Studies
Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

Why Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at uOttawa?

Be a part of a Department that ranks consistently among the best in Canada according to various international rankings.

Our students collaborate with faculty members to pursue award-winning research with grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, among others.

Conduct Leading-edge Research

Students work in a friendly, motivating environment which is enhanced by the strength of a joint graduate institute. The Ottawa-Carleton Chemistry Institute offers advanced courses from both uOttawa and Carleton University. Program areas include:

  • Advanced Spectrometry and Imaging
  • Materials and Nanochemistry
  • Catalysis and Sustainable Synthesis
  • Chemistry Education
  • Chemical Biology and Biochemistry

Qualified students receive competitive financial support and the opportunity for a generous admission scholarship for Canadian students with admission averages above 80%.

Access World-renowned Laboratories

  • Magnetic resonance facility includes nine NMR and one EPR spectrometer(s) with Canada’s only 900 MHz spectrometer
  • Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation
  • Centre for Advanced Materials Research
  • Centre for Chemical and Synthetic Biology
  • Mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography core facilities
  • Super-computing facilities and access to Compute Canada’s Centre for Advanced Computing

Research Themes


Interested in the structure, function, and mechanisms of the molecules of life? Want to design new biotechnology or discover new therapeutics? Join us and be part of one of Canada’s biggest interdisciplinary teams as we conduct leading-edge research in biochemistry, chemical biology, and synthetic biology. Several teams use the infrastructure of the Centre for Chemical and Synthetic Biology.

Find a supervisor in biomolecular sciences research


Inorganic chemistry at uOttawa targets the multiple fronts facing environmental, health and economic challenges: next-generation materials to build and shape our world; catalyst technologies to reduce the environmental footprint of pharmaceutical manufacturing; greener routes to specialty chemicals and new materials, from molecular magnets and optical nanomaterials to porous materials for CO2 capture and catalysis. Join our leading research groups and use your curiosity and energy to build a better, faster, more sustainable world.

Find a supervisor in inorganic chemistry research


From small-molecule drugs to alternative fuels and everything in between, organic chemistry can help tackle the most important problems facing society. Researchers at uOttawa are making discoveries in bioorganic chemistry, synthetic materials, total synthesis, reaction development, physical organic chemistry, and more.

Find a supervisor in organic chemistry research

Physical / Theoretical

Physical chemistry research answers the “why and how” of chemistry at the molecular level, with research spanning advanced spectrometric techniques: NMR (materials and biological systems), mass spectrometry (ion chemistry), surface science methods (biomass utilization, green catalysis, sensors), photochemistry (for nanostructured materials and catalysis), photonics and photoelectron spectroscopy. Computational research includes big data and machine learning approaches to develop new materials and catalysts.

Find a supervisor in physical / theorical chemistry research

Other Research Themes
  • CHEMISTRY EDUCATION research leverages chemistry expertise and educational research methods to study student learning, identify learner challenges, and improve student learning and experiences by developing learning tools, pedagogical methods, curricula.
  • BIOANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY is centred on developing new diagnostics and therapeutics using nucleic acid aptamers, studying biomolecular interactions with mass spectrometry, capillary electrophoresis and flow cytometry.
  • Research in FLOW CHEMISTRY aims to improve the sustainability of fine chemical manufacturing, such as in the synthesis of drugs.
  • Several groups are active in MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY, and engage in collaborative efforts.
  • CATALYSIS is also a major area of strength. We have 48 research groups across the faculties of Engineering, Medicine and Science pursuing research in this area. Visit the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation (CCRI) website to learn more.
  • Interested in MATERIALS research? Be sure to visit the CAMAR (Centre for Advanced Materials Research), which encompasses 33 research groups!
  • Adjunct/cross-appointed professors pursue research at the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the National Research Council and Health Canada.

Find a supervisor for other chemistry research themes

Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
30 Marie-Curie, Ottawa ON
Canada, K1N 6N5
Tel.: +1 613-562-5800, ext. 3145

Deryn Fogg
Director of Chemistry Graduate Programs and Full Professor
E-mail :

Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

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