Chemistry is the study of the composition and properties of matter, and how and why it undergoes change. Its study is central to the development of new medicines, to the secure supply of food and water and to the manufacture of innovative new materials for the 21st century.
The department is dedicated to supporting excellence in chemical education and research to meet the strategic needs of Abu Dhabi, the UAE, and the international community. We are committed to teaching and developing the next generation of scientists through a strong, innovative teaching program that equips students with skills that are useful whatever their choice of career. All our students have the opportunity to take part in cutting-edge projects which are part of the substantial research activity undertaken by Faculty members in chemistry. Research is conducted across diverse fields including both fundamental and applied topics covering materials, the environment, energy, and human health. Much of this is multidisciplinary and is conducted in collaboration with colleagues in other departments at Khalifa and around the world.
Research – the creation and publication of new knowledge – is fundamental to the activity of all good chemistry departments and Khalifa is no different.
Among the topics being investigated are new ways of making molecules and other materials; studying the ways that the atoms, ions and molecules are arranged in materials; using biomolecules to purify water measuring tiny amounts of substances to ensure that water is clean; looking at biofuels and renewable energy; methods for delivering drugs and the recovery of useful chemicals from native plant species.
Some of this is done using our excellently equipped laboratories, while other work is performed using powerful high-performance computers. Much of our work is multidisciplinary and involves collaboration with colleagues in other departments at KU and around the world.