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Best Graduate Student Experience


As the Graduate Chair in the Department of Chemistry, it is my pleasure to introduce you to our vibrant, research-intensive department in the heart of Southwestern Ontario.  We have a large department with a diverse array of interests. We take a modern view of the chemical sciences as noted by our research themes of (i) Chemical Biology and Biomaterials; (ii) Synthesis, Catalysis and Molecular Materials; (iii) Materials: Design, Function and Characterization; and, (iv) Theory and Computation.  These innovative areas reflect our open-minded and multidisciplinary approach to research. At the same time, we respect the strong foundational areas of chemistry and the traditional chemical disciplines are also well-represented amongst our research groups (organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical).

Our department boasts over 25 NSERC-funded active researchers some of which are Tier I and II Canada Research Chairs and Industrial Research Chairs with numerous links to academic and industrial partners.  Our researchers have strong connections with organizations within Western, including: The Centre for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research (CAMBR), Surface Science Western, and the Western Nanofabrication Facility, all of which boost the quality and scope of our research. All of our research groups regularly publish in top tier peer-reviewed journals and present at international conferences and industrial workshops. Not only will your thought-provoking results be disseminated globally to the academic chemical community, but opportunities for applied research with industry are readily accessible.

Science is no longer restricted to local opportunities; rather practitioners of chemical research operate internationally, which is reflected strongly within our department.  We have approximately 130 graduate students and just under half are international, which brings additional diversity to our department.  Moreover, we have numerous international links to universities and organizations, which open doors for superior graduate experiences.  For example, one can take part in our Western-Soochow 2+2 PhD, travel to an international location to conduct research using an ASPIRE Award, or commit to a cotutelle with a sister university in France or Germany. Our graduate students have a strong history of success in securing external awards (e.g. NSERC, OGS, Vanier and Trillium scholarships), and many have gone on to hold prestigious postdoctoral fellowships as their careers progress.

I hope you will find all of the information you need to in order to apply for graduate studies with us within these web pages; however, please do not hesitate to contact us should you need any further details.  Whatever your scientific goals are, we look forward to working with you and guiding you to success!

Paul J. Ragogna
Graduate Chair in Chemistry

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New students Fall 2013



Contact Us

Darlene McDonald
Graduate Coordinator

Department of Chemistry
Western University
Chemistry Building
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7

P (519) 661-2166
F (519) 661-3022

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00-3:30

Fields of Research

Chemical Biology

Synthesis and Catalysis

Energy and Mechanism


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