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Use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in applied chemistry.
RMIT's modern, purpose-built and well-equipped facilities, including analytical instrumentation, will support your research.
The School of Science has expertise in molecular modelling and chemo-metrics that has found applications that span multiple research fields.
Our expertise in molecular modelling and chemo-metrics has found applications that span multiple research fields.
Under expert supervision, you will join researchers already active in:
- analytical chemistry (metabolomics, natural products extraction and identification), separation science (focus on gas and liquid chromatography), flow injection analysis and mass spectrometry)
- environmental analysis (air, soil and water quality, environmental contamination, biosolids, environmental toxicology)
- occupational health and safety (open systems research, management and governance, risk management)
- physical and materials chemistry (organic and inorganic synthesis, colloidal chemistry, functional surfaces, micro- and nano-technologies, nano-biotechnology, electrochemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis).
This PhD may be undertaken in a project, thesis with publication or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisor/s.
Many of our research activities are conducted within these related research centres:
The School of Science's researchers have a demonstrated record of success in collaborations, funding and research publications.
You will work with researchers who are past and present winners of ARC Future Fellowships and DECRAs, the AGR Matthey Gold medal for outstanding contribution in the field of applied gold chemistry, the RK Murphy Medal for Industrial Chemistry, the Silver Jubilee Medal of the Chromatographic Society, London, the CLRI Padmabhushan Dr Y Nayudamma Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award (awarded by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers).
The majority of our research staff are Members and Fellows of professional societies including: the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK, and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).
In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia assessments we were ranked at ‘well above world standard’ for physical chemistry and ‘above world standard’ for analytical chemistry.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Time spent on research
Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.
Regular contact with your supervisor
A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion.
Resources, facilities and support
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal. You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.
School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research works with Schools to further support candidates during their postgraduate research degree.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
PhD candidates are given the opportunity to work closely with industry and government organisation scientists whilst undertaking their PhD.
RMIT has industry partnerships with companies such as:
- Agilent Technologies
- Alcoa World Alumina
- Cell Therapies Pty Ltd
- Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd
- Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
- Rio Tinto
The cross-disciplinary focus of chemistry research also involves regular collaboration with biomedical institutions across Australia including:
- Baker IDI
- Burnet Institute
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trial Centre in Sydney
- Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
- St Vincent Hospital and Austin Hospital in Melbourne
You will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, scientific and industrial research laboratories.
Program and course information
Perfect your technique and become an expert in an area that translates to any number of careers.