Chemistry and Biochemistry stand out as the sciences that are central, creative and useful. Central because many questions, from public health to environment and energy, from the life sciences to the materials, end up being answered on the molecular level. To find these answers, new matter, that is new molecules, new molecular architectures are created - much alike artists shaping their sculptures. The results are most useful for our society, chemistry and biochemistry account for much of our quality of life, an important percentage of Swiss economy.

The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers complete education at all levels, from the BS for our youngest students to MS, PhD and postdoctoral studies, all supported by attractive fellowships. A vibrant research atmosphere in the Departments of Biochemistry, Inorganic and Analytical, Organic, and Physical Chemistry prepares our students for future careers in academia, industry or elsewhere. Members of the School have created the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Chemical Biology, and the School operates the Chimiscope for the general public.


Prof. Robert Pollice (The Netherlands - Prix 2020); Dr. Claudia Aloisi (France - Prix 2021); Prof. Philippe Schwaller (Suisse - Prix 2022)

Prix Schlaefli Laureates Symposium

Special event
Friday 7 October 2022 at 12:00, lecture theatre A. Pictet A100, Sciences II

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Prof. Khalid Salaita

Department of Chemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

May the force be with you: Nucleic acid probes to map and control molecular forces in integrin adhesions

Monday 10 October 2022 at 16:30, lecture theatre A. Tissières 1S059, Sciences III

Prof. Jérôme Waser


The Selectivity Challenge: From Inert Alkenes to Multifunctionalized Biomolecules

Thursday 20 October 2022 at 16:30, lecture theatre A. Pictet A100, Sciences II

Safety in the Lab