Physical Chemistry Division

Our Division was established in 1974 after several successful events that brought together physical chemists nationally. To date, the Division continues to serve all those teaching and researching in physical chemistry and supports equity, diversity and inclusion in all divisional activities.


Our purpose


The Division’s mission is to:

  • provide opportunities to Division members to network at national and international levels
  • enable Division members to showcase their latest research results and achievements
  • offer professional development opportunities to its members
  • promote career paths in physical chemistry to students
  • recognise the achievements of students, early career and leading researchers in physical chemistry.

The Division spans all aspects of physical and theoretical chemistry, including:

  • Mass spectrometry
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Surface chemistry
  • Condensed-phase chemical physics
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Theoretical chemistry
  • Computational


Regular Events 


Our Physical Division is very active in holding regular events. Highlights include:

  • We hold regular divisional meetings and student conferences to promote the research and teaching of physical chemistry. These events enable our members to strengthen existing networks and develop new opportunities.
  • Physical Chemistry Division Conference - The main focus of this meeting is to give students the opportunity to present their work, practice their presentation skills, and network with peers in the physical chemistry community. Conference themes include spectroscopy, computational chemistry, and the physical chemistry of solutions, surfaces, and interfaces. All levels, from undergraduate to PhD, are encouraged to attend. Academics and postdocs are welcome too!

Since July 2020, we have been holding a PhysChem Webinar Series with cutting-edge research talks, including:

1/7/2020 - Speakers: Dr Christopher Hansen, UNSW, speaking on The true impact of fluorinated compounds in the atmosphere and Dr Kate Wilson, ANU, speaking on Targeting the molecular motions of the BºAT1/ACE2/S1 complex for rational drug design - Click here to view

15/7/2020 - Speakers: Associate Professor Sarah L Masters, University of Canterbury, speaking on Utilising the combined power of theory and experiment to understand the quirks of molecular structure and Dr Peter Krause, Curtin University, I Psi with my little eye: version 1.4 - Click here to view

29/7/2020 - Speakers: Dr Martina Lessio, UNSW, Computational Insights Into Heavy Metal Removal from Water Using Metal-Organic Frameworks and Dr Siobhan Bradley, University of Melbourne, Excited state dynamics in linked diketopyrrolopyrrole derivatives - Click here to view

12/8/2020 - We welcome you to the 4th PhysChem webinar series, with a bit of a twist in format. A talk by Cameron Shearer on Photocatalytic water splitting without adding water and an Interview of two theoretical & computational chemists: Meredith Jordan and Megan O'Mara - Click here to view

26/08/2020 - Speakers: A/Prof Amir Karton, University of Western Australia, A computational chemist’s guide to accurate thermochemistry for organic molecules and A/Prof Debbie Silvester-Dean, Curtin University, Effect of water on electrochemical processes in ionic liquids: Importance of understanding the electrical double layer - Click here to view

9/9/2020 - Speaker: Dr Terri Field-Theodore, Tianjin University, 'Peak and you shall find. Locating transition states from above' plus a series of two-minute research talks, presented by Australian student and early career researchers, and breakout sessions - Contact the National Office for more information about this recording

PhysChem webinars: Quarter 4 2020

We will be hosting seven webinars covering topics across physical and computational chemistry over the last quarter of 2020 on fortnightly Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:30 pm, with one hour of talks and 30 mins breakout sessions each session. Talk titles, abstracts and Zoom link will be distributed on Monday the week of the webinars for early registrants, and at 12 noon for late registrants.  

There is a single registration process for all webinars for simplicity; please note you will need to re-register if you have attended earlier events. A significant reduction to the webinar costs for non-members has been implemented; $15 for students and $30 for non-students for all seven sessions - Click here to register 

Click here to download our August 2020 Newsletter

Divisional Awards


We present a range of awards to recognise the contribution of our members. Highlights include:

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Divisional committee

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Click here to see the full list of the past chair of the Physical chemistry division


Become involved


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