The history of the Chemistry Department started as the Subject of Chemistry in March of 1928 when the Taihoku Imperial University (TIU) was founded. After World War II, TIU was renamed as National Taiwan University in November of 1945, and the Subject of Chemistry became the Department of Chemistry. The Department inaugurated the Master and the Doctoral programs in 1956 and 1966, respectively. Since 2007, the graduate program has expanded to divisions of Chemistry and Chemical Biology to accommodate the breath of interdisciplinary training and research activities. Currently, there are 36 faculty members, 8 adjunct professors, 6 distinguished chair professors (including Nobel laureate, Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee, and the President of Academia Sinica, Dr. Chi-Huey Wong), 16 teaching assistants, 25 staffs, and approximately 790 students (220 doctoral, 250 master, and 320 bachelor).
Research Fields & Facilities： Our faculty research covers a broad range of topics in contemporary chemistry, including synthetic chemistry, sustainable chemistry and energy, materials and nano sciences, chemical biology, and imaging technologies. To meet the broad spectrum of research interests, the department is equipped with cutting-edge instruments and core facilities for material science and chemical biology. Students with licenses can operate the instruments for their research.
Future Goals & Development： We strive for the promotion of teaching quality and for innovative, interdisciplinary, and internationally recognized research programs in the areas of (1) design and synthesis of functional materials, (2) medicinal chemistry and proteomics, (3) molecular structure characterizations and imaging, and (4) sustainability and energy.
In November 2009, the New Chemistry Research Building, located next to the picturesque Drunken Moon Lake, was completed and named Integrate Chemistry Building to express our gratitude to the support of TSMC. The name connotatively adopts words from Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind, the first Chinese aesthetics and literary criticism dated in the 5th century, and symbolizes our determination of continuing the excellence in research, cultivating young talents, and taking the challenges of the new era.