The School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences, in partnership with the Faculty of Science and UQ leadership, is committed to developing top-class facilities and infrastructure to enhance learning and discovery.


The Chemistry Building (left) and Molecular Biosciences Building (right) in the Science and Engineering precinct of the St Lucia campus in Brisbane.

Research Students, Staff and Partners

The School has a comprehensive array of scientific instrument installations, used by research staff and students and accessible in many cases to the wider University and public communities.  These installations are supported by experienced professional staff.  View the list of scientific facilities.

SCMB's research laboratories are well-equipped and observe world-class health and safety standards.  Many of the laboratories have been refurbished in recent years, particularly those in the Chemistry Building, some of which won an architectural awards for interior design.  The laboratories are supported by well-equipped electronic, mechanical and glassblowing workshops and lab preparation and media sections.  The professional workshop, preparation and media staff have a wealth of experience.

Honours and research higher degree students have access to the laboratory of their supervising staff member and are provided with write-up desk space.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework Students

SCMB's coursework student laboratories are upgraded regularly.  The undergraduate laboratories in Chemistry refurbished from 2002 won architectural awards for their design.  The labs provide for both bench experimentation and computer-assisted classroom learning in the same space.  Later-year student labs provide access to advanced instrumentation facilities.  All major SCMB teaching laboratories utilise modern audio-visual technology to assist students undertaking practicals.

Undergraduate students have access to the Science Learning Centre, while all SCMB students have access to the Chemistry Podium - a space where you can study, work in groups, eat and drink and socialise.  Rearrange the furniture, plug in your laptop PC and make use of wi-fi network connectivity.

Postgraduate coursework students also have access to a dedicated study room equipped with computers, lockers and tea/coffee facilities.


Facilities section

Chemistry Podium

The Chemistry Building Podium is a casual, semi-open terrace where students can study privately or in groups or relax and socialise.  Power outlets are provided so that students can plug in their own laptop computers or recharge their phones.&n...

Coursework Student Facilities - Chemistry Labs

The undergraduate laboratories in Chemistry refurbished from 2002 won architectural awards for their design. The labs provide for both bench experimentation and computer-assisted classroom learning in the same space. Later-year student labs provid...

Scientific Facilities

At the heart of experimental biomolecular science is structural biology and SCMB has led the way at UQ in structural investigations of small and macromolecular systems. Recently acquired X-ray crystallography, and cryo-electron mic...

UQ Glassblowing Services

UQ Glassblowing Services specialises in the fabrication and repair of laboratory, chemical, scientific and custom built glass apparatus.

Virtual Tour of facilities

These interative tours illustrate the research, teaching at engagement facilities at UQ's School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences.

Virtual Tour of The Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics Clean Room

See the inside of COPE's Class 1000 clean room, which contains fabrication equipment for the manufacturing of prototype devices.

Workshop Facilities

Mechanical, Electronic and Scientific Glassblowing workshop services.
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