Advanced Chemistry

The Advanced Chemistry Group (ACG) is the major research grouping in Chemistry at the University of Newcastle.

The group brings together researchers who interact on a wide range of interests covering basic and applied chemistry at the cutting edge of science and technology.

In particular, the ACG deals with research into areas such as:

  • new battery materials
  • carbon sequestration
  • medicinal and natural products chemistry
  • colloid and surface chemistry
  • self-assembly and growth of functional carbon nanomaterials
  • specialty polymers (e.g. MIPs)
  • chemometrics
  • heteropolyoxometalate and gold nanoparticle catalysts
  • computational and quantum chemistry

In the 2015 ERA national research assessment, ACG Researchers achieved a rating of well-above World standard in Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry research and Physical Chemistry research.

Major affiliations and collaborations

Major on-campus equipment

  • 600 and 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers
  • MALDI-TOF and GC-mass spectrometry
  • Atomic force microscope
  • Scanning electron microscope
  • RCG linux computing grid (~800 AMD opteron 2.8GHz cores)
  • Virtually all forms of optical spectroscopy for materials characterization (e.g. IR, UV-visible, fluorescence CD, etc.) and chemical analysis (e.g. ICP-AES and AAS)
  • Thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysers & differential scanning calorimeter
  • Quartz crystal microbalance
  • Dynamic and Static light scattering analysers
  • Potentiometric and spectrophotometric auto-titrators
  • Stopped flow spectrophotometer

Group members

Members of the group have offices and research laboratories in the Chemistry Building and NIER on the Callaghan campus and in Applied Science on the Ourimbah campus.