Over the past 50 years, UCD’s Belfield Campus has evolved into Ireland’s largest science centre, providing the broadest range of science research and education programmes and producing the highest number of science graduates in the country. The UCD Science District is the strategic integration of science with related disciplines including Agri-Food, Biomedicine, Engineering, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). A centre for science excellence, it provides facilities which both attract and generate the highest level students, graduates and staff in the fields of Science and Engineering.
UCD’s School of Chemistry is located in the showpiece building of the Science District – the O’Brien Centre for Science. The School is accommodated in 6,300 square metres of scientific research space for researchers working in pharmaceutical science, food & health, nanomedicine, etc. In an adjacent wing, 32,000 square metres of undergraduate, taught postgraduate, research, innovation and outreach facilities are available for School use.
Our aim is to act as a national and international beacon for Irish Chemistry, to support the lifecycle of the Chemist from the wide-eyed school children who will discover the joy of Chemistry to the ambitious PhD students and technology entrepreneurs who will innovate and work together to drive knowledge discovery and provide technology solutions to 21st century problems.