Message from the Head


Greetings from the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, NTU

The Division (or Department) of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry (CBC) under the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS) was established in 2005.

We are among the most rapidly growing department of chemistry in the region. In a short span of 7 years, we have grown from zero to a department with 41 faculty members, 24 support staff, about 200 PhD students, about 100 post-docs and research staff, and about 1,000 undergraduates today.

We offer a direct BSc Honours program & BSc/MSc Integrated program in Chemistry, and rigorous PhD research programs in various areas of chemistry. Our undergraduate program is research-led and satisfies the American Chemical Society (ACS) curricular guidelines for a rigorous professional education in chemistry. Many of our undergraduates participate in research project work with one-to-one supervision by our professors, right from year one of their undergraduate study and through to the final year research project. Another strength of our program is the option of a semester of industrial attachment either in Singapore or abroad, and about half the students in each cohort take it up. Students can also spend a semester or two on the study abroad program at top institutions, sometimes doing research projects, and more than 85 students have done so since 2007.

Research in the Division covers a wide spectrum of chemistry, but generally falls within the following areas: Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, Biological Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Inorganic Chemistry & Organometallics, Nanomaterials & Materials Chemistry, Organic Chemistry & Synthesis, and Physical Chemistry & Chemical Physics. Our brand new chemistry complex modeled after the new University of Oxford chemistry building provides a safe and modern environment for teaching and research and has already been recognized as one of the best chemistry buildings in the world. We have many state-of-the-art instruments for research, including seven high field NMR spectrometers, a range of mass spectrometers, an ESR spectrometer, confocal microscope, TEM, two SCD X-ray, and a range of HPLCs and GCs. All the instruments are open for the use by undergraduates and graduate students. We foster collaboration with industry as well as institutions and research centers from all over the world.

Come and enroll with us for your undergraduate or graduate studies. For academics, we welcome you to visit us and give seminars or colloquia to share the excitement and new developments in chemistry and biological chemistry.

Professor Chiba Shunsuke,
Ph.D. (The University of Tokyo)
Head, Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry
April 2012