The prosperity of modern societies is partly based on the far-reaching achievements of Chemistry. Progress in this discipline enables innovations in medicine, agriculture, energy, and in almost all manufacturing sectors of industry and materials for everyday use. With it, chemistry contributes to the improvement of the quality of life of people.
The Chemistry Department which is nationally leading and internationally recognized in education, research, and community services has responsibility to prepare qualified graduates having excellent knowledge and skills in Chemistry, capability to manage international collaboration and competition, as well as motivation to achieve the prosperity of mankind. The Department of Chemistry was established on September 1, 1960 and then achieved its international reputation in a couple decades ago. The postgraduate programs were inaugurated in 1980. Now, it offers undergraduate, master, and doctoral programs.
The department has 46 educative staff members, 34 of them are Ph.D. holders. Among the Ph.D. members, 25 have overseas Ph.D. degrees. Of them, 13 are professors and 17 associate professors. There are 8 educative staff members taking Ph.D. courses in overseas and domestic universities. It is supported by 32 quality technicians and administration staffs.
The current curriculum offers 114 credit hours of core courses and 79 credit hours of elective courses. A candidate has to complete all 114 credit hours of the core courses and 30 credit hours of elective courses with GPA of at least 2.00 to be granted a B.Sc. degree. Likewise, M.Sc. and Ph.D. students have to compelete 40 and 16 course hours, respectively, with satisfactory GPA.
To ensure quality programs, the undergraduate program has been regularly assessed by National Board of Accreditation of Higher Education (BAN PT) with grade ‘A’. In October 2009, it was also been assessed by ASEAN University Network QA. In addition, both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs were also achieved ‘A’ quality. Department of chemistry had earned international accreditation from The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the undergraduate program in March 2013.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
The department occupies part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences buildings with total floor plan of 6000 m2. It has 4 research and teaching laboratories that are Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratories and 1 undergraduate teaching laboratory for Basic Chemistry Laboratory Work and a Computational Chemistry Laboratory of Austrian-Indonesian Centre for Computational Chemistry (AIC). It is also equipped with an array of international standard of research equipments including AAS, UV-Vis, DTA-TGA, Electrophoresis, Potentiometer, Bomb Calorimeter, GC-MS, HPLC, H-NMR, IR, UV-VIS, TLC Scanner etc. In January 2010, it acquired a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), a major equipment to support qualified nano-research.
JOINT INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM
Some staffs have various joint researches with international institutions such as Keio University, Chiba University, Hokkaido Universities, TUBS, etc. The department of chemistry has a collaborative educational with partner institutions in ASEAN through PARE program (populations, activities, resources and environments). The department is also actively involved in Excellence Center for Development (EXCEED) Cooperation, i.e. an international organization for sustainable water management in developing countries.
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION
Research is one of the cores of the department advancement. Research is elaborated to support the advancement of science and its application, and to assist Universitas Gadjah Mada in pursuing its vision to become an internationally recognized research university. The staff members within the department develop 5 research groups consisting of Life Sciences, Industrial Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Material Chemistry, and Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. In the last five years, they published 141 papers in international journals. Some of the faculty members serve as editors and reviewers of international journals, and even as Scientific Adviser of IFS (International Foundation for Sciences), Sweden.