University of Otago, New Zealand


Te Tari Hua-Ruanuku

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry

Established in 1871 with the appointment of Professor James Gow Black, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago is the oldest chemistry department in New Zealand. It has grown to be one of the largest Departments in the Division of Sciences and contributes to various courses and programmes in Sciences and Health Sciences at the University of Otago, New Zealand's first University. The Department is widely acknowledged as one of the top Chemistry Departments in New Zealand, as exemplified by researchers receiving the Prime Minister's Science Prize in 2011.

Chemistry catch-up

We offer two courses for students considering entry to undergraduate chemistry papers who have little or no background in chemistry

Introductory Chemistry is a distance course run all year.
CHEM150 is run at the start of each year to prepare students for undergraduate study

Upcoming Seminars

  • Monday 7th September - 11 a.m. in Commerce 2.21

    Dr Scott Nodder ((Principal Scientist, Marine Geology, NIWA)

    The Role of the Biological Pump in the Ocean Carbon Cycle: NZ case-studies

  • Friday 18th September - 12 p.m. in CHEM 2

    Dr Shailesh Goswami (Chemistry Department, University of Otago)

    Extremely tough and elastic hydrogels using octa(polyethylene oxide) macro-crosslinkers (OctaPOMs)

  • Monday 21st September - 12 p.m. in CHEM 2

    Professor Tom McLeish, FInstP, FRS (Department of Physics, Durham University)

    Multiple-scale Theory and Experiments on controlled self-assembly of peptide beta-sheet nanostructures

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