Message from the Dean

decanaOn behalf of the community at the Faculty of Chemistry of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile may I welcome you to our website. The Faculty of Chemistry has over 30 years of history. However, chemistry as a discipline at UC dates back to over 80 years ago. Along these years, the Faculty has consolidated itself as a leading institution in education and research in the areas of chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences.

Besides our undergraduate programmes in chemistry and pharmacy, we also offer a PhD in Chemistry, which is accreditated for 8 years. In order to offer our doctoral students the opportunity to gain international experience we have joined forces with prestigious foreign universities through various dual degree programmes. In the near future we hope to expand our efforts to also offer a PhD in Pharmacy with the same high standards.

In the area of continuinig education we offer interesting courses and diplomas for professionals wanting to advance their carreers and we are currently implementing a pharmaceutical specialties programme.

In terms of knowledge creation, our distinguish faculty lead basic and applied research projects in strategic areas, including energy efficiency, sustainable water management and drugs quality, as well as research projects to support policy decision-making, and actively participate in various research centres.

Industry engagement is a key aspect that crosses both our teaching and research activities. We promote strong industrial involvement in our undergraduate and graduate programmes as well as collaboration with business in joint projects.

A fair amount of our efforts are also aimed at promoting scientific education, particularly chemistry education among school children. In order to achieve this, we proud ourselves to have one of the most long standing education and outreach activities at UC: the Chemistry Tour. Furthermore, since 2015 we have made available for students, teachers and society at large an Interactive Periodic Table of elements to learn in an innovative way the chemical composition of the structures around us.

Currently, we face various challenges in line with the University’s strategic goals: improve our infrastructure and labs security; promote teaching innovation; strengthen international collaboration; increase scientific production; foster collaboration with industry; expand our offer of graduate and continuing education programmes; and enhance our visibility.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our faculty, programmes, and ground-breaking research through wich we aim to contribute to the country´s progress and growth.


Bárbara Loeb L.
Faculty of Chemistry
Pontificia Universidad Católica