The Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta provides an outstanding environment for studies in chemistry, is among the most research active departments in Canada, and is ranked as one of the top departments in the country.

The department is one of the best equipped and best funded in North America and has a faculty renowned internationally for excellence in teaching and research.

Jillian Buriak explains how her research team is developing thin, plastic-based solar cells that can be sprayed or rolled, like paint or wallpaper, onto a surface or even woven into fabric - making solar energy more accessible to everyone.


  1. Because we're happy...

    Learn more about the department through our video parody, starring our own faculty, staff, and students! This video was filmed in and around the Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre and CCIS.

  2. New enzyme targets for selective cancer therapies

    Professor Christopher Cairo and his team synthesized a compound that inhibits an enzyme linked to brain cancer—a finding that could lead to new drugs that are better able to target cancer.

  3. Department grad students take Ice Bucket Challenge!

    Watch our grad students take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research.

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