In its Strategic Plan, the department has affirmed the central importance of the sub–disciplines of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, and their applications in synthesis and analysis. These three themes constitutes the essential pillars of the discipline of Chemistry. The department has consolidated and strengthened its research activities into four main research thrusts:
- Transition Metal Chemistry
- Biophysical and Structural Chemistry
- Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry
- Supramolecular Chemistry
These thrusts are underpinned by interdisciplinary research and collaborative industry partnerships.