Our research

The Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology (CCB) explores how molecules are made, how they can be used and how they work in complex biological systems. Our research falls into two major streams – biotechnology and chemistry – and focuses on five areas that interconnect to other fields: separation and analysis, molecule building, aquaculture, industrial biotechnology and agricultural biotechnology.

Research areas

Separation and analysis 

CCB is home to one of Australia's leading analytical chemistry and forensic science research groups. Through strategic collaborations with a diverse group of partners, our research looks at a range of analytical, synthetic, physical and process chemistries, instrumental design, forensic investigation and chemometrics areas.

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Molecule building 

The construction of new molecular entities is a key feature of the CCB. We focus on varied applications including building new agents to combat multi-drug resistant pathogens, new therapeutic and diagnostic treatments for cancer, improving high performance materials by manipulation of carbonaceous surfaces, and understanding fundamental molecular interactions.

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Globally, aquaculture is the fastest growing food producing sector. By addressing timely and industry-relevant research topics we directly impact global scientific knowledge. We also support the national seafood industry with novel and tailored research and development activities.

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Industrial biotechnology

Industrial biotechnology focuses on replacing traditional chemical processes with more sustainable and environment-friendly biological methods. Using microorganisms as cell factories for the production of industrially-useful materials, we're able to biologically address the demand for sustainable supplies of materials, fuels and food.

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Agricultural biotechnology

This area of research explores the interactions of plants with pathogens. Why do some plants actively resist their attackers and how do some pathogens manipulate the resistance responses of plants? We work on the fundamental and applied aspects of plant responses to their environment, forging bridges between chemistry and biology through plant nanobionics.

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