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Welcome to the School of Chemistry

Trinity College is the single College of the University of Dublin, and was founded in 1592. Formal chemistry teaching commenced in August 1711 when the first dedicated Lecturer in Chemistry was appointed. 

The School of Chemistry has 24 academic staff, 7 administrative staff, a research programme officer and 12 technical and attendant staff.

The School is research intensive and has an active research programme that spans all sub-disciplines of Chemistry, and is involved in a great many inter-departmental, National and international research programmes. Research income (approx. €4 million for 2012) is earned from national, international and commercial sources, and several groups are involved in networks of European laboratories. The School of Chemistry currently spearheads TCD activity in Raw Materials and significant funding with European and International partners both academic and industrial has been obtained in this area in recent times. The School has a strong and dynamic research community consisting of the academic staff, Fellows Emeriti, 35 postdoctoral research fellows and 100 postgraduate students. Postgraduate students entering the School automatically become part of Dublin Chemistry, a Graduate School initiative managed jointly by the Schools of Chemistry at Trinity College and at University College Dublin. 

The College fosters an interdisciplinary approach to research and members of the School have strong links with colleagues in the physical, technological and biological sciences. There is an extensive overlap of interests with the School of Physics, especially in surface and solid state science, polymeric and optical materials, and with CRANN, which is jointly supported by the Schools of Chemistry and Physics. Many academic staff are active investigators in the SFI funded AMBER National Centre.

The principal undergraduate honor degree course in Chemistry provides students with a broad base in the subject, with approximately equal time being given to each of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. The School also teaches four-year honours degree courses in Chemistry with Molecular Modelling and in Medicinal Chemistry. The latter is especially tuned to fostering and training the creative talents and skills required for the pharmaceutical industry, which is a major employer in Ireland. The School also teaches, in conjunction with the School of Physics, the Moderatorship in Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials (N-PCAM) - an honors course specializing in the study of materials for electronic, optoelectronic and related applications. The School also provides modules in Chemistry to other Science students, and to students of Engineering and Health Sciences.

Highly regarded and relatively new laboratories for all of the School’s undergraduate teaching are located on the main campus. The Sami Nasr Institute for Advanced Materials (SNIAM) houses five of the academic staff, together with six purpose-built research laboratories with associated instrument rooms. The School also commands space in the Lloyd Institute for Information Technology and Advanced Computation and in the CRANN nanoscience institute. The Chemistry Building houses the School Office, two lecture theatres; six research laboratories, a number of instrument rooms and much of the School’s major instrumentation. Academic staff working in the area of organic and medicinal chemistry are housed in state-of-the-art accommodation in the multidisciplinary Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.
School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin
Making a difference since 1711 !

Professor Mike Lyons
Head, School of Chemistry.

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Last updated 3 October 2017 by School of Chemistry (Email).