Chemistry and Biochemistry

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Mission: Teach, Research, Train, Innovate

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (DQB) offers training at the Undergraduate (1st Cycle), Master’s (2nd Cycle) and PhD (3rd Cycle) level. We also offer courses that do not lead to an academic degree, but whose contents respond to the specific needs of practising professionals in a close interaction and by sharing human and material means with the R&D areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FCUL.

Innovation in higher education aims to create chemists and biochemists that are capable of performing their activities in academia, industry sectors and society.  The most innovative aspects of teaching at DQB focuses on their laboratorial component, their intensive use of computational means and their development of a problem solving attitude and communicating solutions. For instance, students at DQB learn to elaborate protocols, write scientific articles and propose research projects.

Scientific research in chemistry and biochemistry (carried out at the highest level in three research centres funded by FCT) supports and stimulates teaching in all of its cycles, conferring it a mark of originality and innovation. 

DQB’s strategy to accomplish its mission is based on three fundamental vectors: human resources, competitiveness and innovation. The department has a highly qualified academic staff, with international experience, who are very competitive and capable of obtaining funds for research at a national and international level. They also publish at the highest level and patent discoveries that offer huge technological and economic potential. Innovation results from searching for and implementing new and more effective ways of researching, teaching and engaging.

Part of DQB’s strategy is:

  • to consolidate the 1st and 2nd Cycles through continuous updating;
  • to stimulate the offer of 3rd Cycles;
  • to disseminate DQB’s teaching practice through the direct visit of academic staff and researchers to schools of various cycles and also through student visits to DQB;
  • to internationalise at the level of excellent education and research (e.g. through collaborations/protocols with other universities from PALOP, Brazil and EU);
  • to innovate based on entrepreneurship resulting from the establishment of scientific literacy aimed at solving social problems, within the scope of the architecture of new molecular materials, synthetic chemistry, and also in the environment, health and energy fields.

Ana Ponces Freire
Head of Department