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!

During July and August 2020, we are holding a PhysChem Webinar Series with cutting-edge research talks. The dates for these events are:

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 - Recording coming soon!

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 - Click here for more information, and 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

Chair - Dr Tak Kee
Treasurer - Dr David Wilson
Secretary - Dr Laura McKemmish
Past Chair - Adam J. Trevitt


Become involved


If you would like more information on our Division or how to become involved please contact us

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