School of Chemistry

RNA technology

Beyond fighting pandemics with mRNA vaccines, there is significant potential to treat cancer, genetic and autoimmune diseases.

Pall Thordarson smiles in a white lab coat and plastic safety goggles

The UNSW RNA Institute will position Australia as a leader in the global research effort to combat emerging vaccine-resistant viruses, such as COVID-19 variants.

Dr Anna Wang

National Science Week: Meet UNSW's Dr Anna Wang who is trying to build a cell from scratch.

Artist's conceptual picture of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus.

To confirm life on other planets, we need to detect far more molecules in their atmospheres than we currently do to rule out non-biological chemical processes.

Eye drops

Research conducted by UNSW Sydney has paved the way for clinical testing of an eye drop treatment for diabetic macular oedema and wet age-related macular degeneration, the leading causes of blindness in the developed world.

people in a circle with outstretched arms, hands in middle

Two UNSW scientists have contributed to an important new essay that examines ways of promoting diversity in science.

Smog

A team of chemists has lifted the hood on the mysterious interplay between sunlight and molecules in the atmosphere known as ‘roaming reactions’, which could make atmospheric modelling more accurate.

The Molecular Photonics Laboratories at UNSW Sydney

A world-first in light conversion has potential future implications for solar photovoltaics, biomedical imaging, drug delivery and photocatalysis.

Ferns sprouting after bushfire

From finding packaging solutions in bananas to using citizen science to track bush regeneration, UNSW Sydney researchers are using nature – and each other – to help tackle global problems.

Dr Anna Wang and Mr Luke Steller in Tikitere

Hot springs may have been the ‘spark’ that helped organic matter turn into life – these UNSW Sydney scientists have put this hypothesis to the test in New Zealand. 

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