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Department of Chemistry and Biology

The Department of Chemistry and Biology has identified 8 key strengths in our research capacity. Please click on one of the graphics below to learn more.

Biomedicine and Biomolecular Interactions


Surfaces and Interfaces


Cells, Genes and Molecules


Materials and Food Chemistry
Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry


Pathogens and Infections


Water, Energy and Environmental Change


Pedagogy, Science Education and Outreach

The Office of Research Services website contains information about areas of research across the Ryerson campus. For research in Chemistry and Biology, the School of Graduate Studies webpage may also be of interest.

The Department of Chemistry and Biology houses laboratories for chemical instrumentation, chromatography, and for analytical, inorganic, physical and organic chemistry.  We also have laboratories specifically designed for biochemistry and microbiology experiments, including gel electrophoresis and DNA sequencing. Facilities for air pollution control and wastewater treatment are also available for the use of students in their undergraduate thesis work.

For instrumentation maintained by individual faculty members, or staff, please see the list below.

  1. The Ryerson University Analytical Centre is located next to the Chemistry research laboratories.  The RUAC was built by the University in partnership with PerkinElmer.  It houses the latest PerkinElmer instrumentation:  HPLC with uv, refractive index, conductance, and fluorescence detection; GC-MS with autosamper; GC with headspace and purge-and-trap autosamplers; molecular luminescence, uv-vis, and FTIR spectroscopies.
  2. The Ryerson Clean Room Facility houses a graphite atomic absorption instrument which can be used for trace metal analysis. It is also a Level 2 Biohazard Facility licensed for work with eukaryotes and prokaryotes.
  3. The Advanced Microscopy Facility includes a two-photon confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM), a Raman confocal microscope (RCM), and an atomic force microscope (AFM).  The microscopy facility was built from a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), with matching funds from the Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT) and the University.
  4. Scanning Electron Microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and coating facility.
  5. The Department houses an inverted laser-confocal microscope suitable for live-cell imaging and an epiflurescence microscope.
  6. Access to ESI/MALDI-Qq-TOF-MS and ESI-Ion Trap-MS is also available within the Department as are opportunities to access PCR (Roche Lightcycler) and DNA sequencing.
  7. A 400-MHz Bruker multi-probe NMR instrument 

In addition, departmental analytical instrumentation includes:

  • Chromatography: high-performance liquid chromatographs (HPLC), gas chromatographs (GC), a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS), and gel electrophoresis
  • Spectroscopy: Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible (uv-vis), molecular luminescence, flame and cold-vapour atomic absorption (AA), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission (ICP-AES), and x-ray fluorescence (XRF), 60 MHz Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H and 13C)
  • Powder x-ray diffraction (XRD)