Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Zurich (UZH).
The Department of Chemistry at UZH has an important role to play within the rapidly developing areas of the natural and physical Sciences. The chemistry Faculty are involved in a very diverse range of research programs, which are described in detail on this web-site. We are committed to offering students an excellent education in chemistry and chemistry-related areas through our Bachelor (BSc), Masters (MSc) and PhD programs. Unique for Switzerland, we offer in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics, a master program in business chemistry. The chemistry Faculty includes 10 full/associate and 3 Assistantprofessors and we are fully committed to further develop our excellence in research and teaching by supporting and promoting young, promising scientists in their efforts to enter an academic career up to the professor level.
Chemistry research at UZH embraces a wide variety of topics related to the Life Sciences, such as chemical biology, natural product synthesis, biophysical chemistry, computational chemistry, metals in medicine, and the interactions of small molecules with biological macromolecules. Our Chemistry programs also encompass cutting edge fields such as functional nanomaterials, catalysis, ultra fast spectroscopy and theoretical chemistry. A new research program focusing on new approaches to the conversion of sunlight into chemical energy has recently been established, with the aim to address one of the most important challenges confronting human society, namely, the search for renewable energy sources. Further characteristics of Chemistry at UZH include close intradepartmental co-operations as well as an excellent embedding in national and international scientific networks.
Our broad and interdisciplinary research programs mirror very well the enthusiasm felt by all our research groups for their subject areas, and their excitement in carrying scientific discoveries into neighbouring disciplines.
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University of Zurich