Research at UNB chemistry

Major research areas in Chemistry are well represented at UNB.

Inorganic

Because inorganic chemistry concerns itself with the behavior of elements and molecules that are not carbon, there is a huge range of areas to study and scientists with an artistic or creative flair have traditionally characterized the field. Students are often drawn to the field because of the vibrant colors associated with many inorganic compounds prepared in the lab. With applications in catalysis (for preparing pharmaceuticals or other value added products), materials science (semiconductors, energy storage), pigments, surfactants, coatings, fuels, and agriculture, inorganic chemistry plays a role in most areas of everyday life.

Organic

Organic chemistry is the study of carbon-based molecules.  Due to the versatile nature of carbon bonding, other elements are important components of organic molecules. As such, an incredible number of structures can exist, a feature reflected in the fact that carbon is the backbone of all biological life on Earth. This field of research involves a number of specialties, including a) methodology - the chemistry of how to create carbon bonds, b) synthesis – the use of methodology to make new molecules for medicinal chemistry and advanced materials and c) the discovery and identification of previously unknown organic molecules that could lead to the development of new drugs or environmentally benign pesticides.

Physical Chemistry

The goal in physical chemistry is to describe at the atomic and molecular level how materials behave and how chemical reactions occur. The fields of quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, kinetics, and thermodynamics are used to develop physical and chemical laws and concepts that transfer atomic and molecular behaviour to the macroscopic world. Physical chemistry therefore has diverse applications ranging from physical change, chemical change, and properties of materials, to biochemistry and even quantum computation.

Theoretical and Computational chemistry

The goal in physical chemistry is to describe at the atomic and molecular level how materials behave and how chemical reactions occur. The fields of quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, kinetics, and thermodynamics are used to develop physical and chemical laws and concepts that transfer atomic and molecular behaviour to the macroscopic world. Physical chemistry therefore has diverse applications ranging from physical change, chemical change, and properties of materials, to biochemistry and even quantum computation.