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Harmful sexual behaviour - working together to improve risk assessment

24 April 2017 University of Canterbury (UC) research is paving the way towards improved accuracy in risk assessment and better informed treatment approaches to ultimately contribute to reducing harmful sexual behaviour in the community. (read article)

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Chemistry Handbook

Chemistry Student Handbook

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New Home for Science Departments

The new Regional Science and Innovation Centre will create a hub for Canterbury's science and innovation network in modern state-of-the-art facilities that encourage collaborative teaching, learning and research.

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2015 team

New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Trust

The 2016 team repesented New Zealand in Tbilisi, Georgia. The 49th Chemistry Olympiad Competition will be held in Bankok, Thailand in July 2017, and will normally involve a team of four students.

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‘There are many things that are constantly being discovered in the field of biochemistry...’

Rudranuj Bundela Studying towards a BSc in Biochemistry
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Rutherford Fellowships

The Department of Chemistry welcomes the opportunity to host Rutherford Discovery Fellows. We encourage prospective applicants for the Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (currently open, deadline Wednesday 12 Apr 2017): to approach the Department regarding the possibility of hosting their Fellowship.

We particularly encourage applicants for our recently advertised continuing academic staff positions who are also eligible for a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, to apply for a Fellowship.

Applicants should approach Professor Mike Reid ( and Associate Professor Richard Hartshorn ( to address any questions regarding their fellowship application.


Ph.D. Scholarship

UC-Flinders University/US Army Connect Doctoral Scholarship: Solar Fuel
Closing date: 1 May 2017
Project Leader: Vladimir Golovko

This scholarship is co-funded by the University of Canterbury and the Flinders University/US Army to support students for study towards a research doctoral degree at the University.

Regulations and application form.



From 2017 we are changing our semester 2 200 level courses to give a streamlined programme of study in topics most important to modern chemistry.

From 2018, our 300 level courses will change. There’ll be plenty of options so that students can follow their main interests and meet the requirements for a Chemistry major, or to carry on to postgraduate study. 

For 2017 (all courses are 15 points):

Semester 1: no change
CHEM211 Molecules (pre-requisite CHEM111)
CHEM212 Chemical reactivity (pre-requisite CHEM112)
CHEM281 Practical Chemistry (pre-requisite CHEM111 or CHEM112)

Semester 2:
CHEM251 Foundations of Materials Science and Nanotechnology: NEW! (Pre-requisite CHEM211 (or CHEM111 and PHYS102))
CHEM255 Contemporary chemistry: NEW! (Pre-requisite 30 points from CHEM111, CHEM112, CHEM211, CHEM/BCHM212, CHEM/BCHM281)
CHEM242 Organic Chemistry: no change (pre-requisite CHEM212 or BCHM212)

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Seminars are usually held on Wednesdays at 12.00 pm in the Chemistry Department, Level 5, Room 531, Rutherford Building, unless otherwise specified.

Presenter Date Title and Abstract
Professor J Scott McIndoe
Chemistry Department
University of Victoria
Wednesday 5th April
12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
Catalytic Reaction Mechanism Elucidation via Real Time Analysis
Kajitha Suthagar
Final Ph.D. Seminar
Wednesday 12th April
12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
Investigations into Sulfamides as Phosphate Isosteres in Anti-TB Drug Development
Erin Leitao and Ian Manners
School of Chemical Sciences
University of Auckland
Wednesday 3 May
12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
A Mechanistic Tour of Inorganic Synthesis

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