The School of Science attracts a diverse range of chemists and esteemed experts, all drawn to its collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach.

Chemistry is integral to our understanding of the technical and environmental challenges we face today. Which is why RMIT researchers actively collaborate and engage with other disciplines – supporting their own and each other’s research in the quest for real-world solutions.

Our researchers apply their skills and knowledge to tackling problems within all manner of sectors, like engineering, food sciences, natural resources, the environment, manufacturing and health sciences.

While wide-ranging in our research activities, we are known to converge in the realms of industrial and materials chemistry, environmental chemistry and the application of advanced instrumental analytical chemistry.

RMIT researchers contribute to a broad spectrum of scientific solutions; from studying contaminants in our food and the environment, to expanding our knowledge of emerging disciplines. With chemistry as the enabling science at the heart of many of the world’s challenges and solutions, RMIT researchers are equipped to face the complexities of the future.


Chemistry projects currently being undertaken by the School of Science.

Characterisation and assessment of the storage of pulped food waste

The aim of this project is to evaluate if hydrogen sulphide (gas) and other sulphide compounds are produced when food is stored. 

Environmental datasets lost in translation: Can we interpret new trends using chemometrics?

The aim of this project is to take publicly available environmental datasets and then perform combined multivariate statistical, geospatial and chemical analysis to understand the whole picture of the datasets. 

You Are What You Eat – Rapid Detection of (Nano)Plastics in Food

This project seeks to develop a rapid detection ‘system’ that can screen many varieties of food or beverages for plastic contamination.

The development of rapid diagnostic tools for cancer recognition and its different stages of growth using spectroscopy and chemometrics

The aim of this project is to evaluate the feasibility of developing a rapid diagnostic method for cancer cell recognition using infrared spectroscopy.  

Spatially Orthogonal Nanomaterials for Catalytic Cascades

This project aims to develop and implement new strategies to create, visualise, and apply multifunctional catalysts in which the location of (and communication between) active sites is precisely controlled to unlock ultraselective cascade reactions.

Nanostructured catalysts for sustainable chemical manufacturing

This project aims to develop next-generation solid acid catalysts for energy- and atom-efficient transformations of waste biomass and carbon dioxide to sustainable chemicals and fuels. 

Related research centres

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Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Remediation (EnSuRe)

RMIT’s Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Remediation takes an outcome-oriented approach to tackle environmental issues that impact the sustainability of local and international communities.

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Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry (CAMIC)

CAMIC is a multidisciplinary research centre that brings together the fields of industrial chemistry, materials chemistry, nanotechnology, catalysis and electrochemistry.

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