The Ottawa-Carleton Chemistry Institute (OCCI) is a joint program of graduate studies and research in chemistry for Carleton University and the University of Ottawa that combines the research strengths and resources of both universities. The Institute offers degrees in all areas of chemistry, including biochemistry, analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry. Learn more about Ottawa-Carleton Joint Institutes.

Carleton University has strong concentrations in Food Science, Analytical Chemistry and Nanoscience. Students enroll at the university where their research supervisor is located. Several graduate students also conduct their research off campus under the supervision of one of the Institute’s adjunct professors.

Collaborative Specializations in Biochemistry and Chemical and Environmental Toxicology are also available.

Capital Advantage

We have developed strong links with government departments such as Health Canada, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture Canada, the National Science Library and the National Research Council and its library. Ottawa is also home to world-class hospitals and medical research facilities and high tech organizations. Research and career possibilities are just down the road.

Fields of Specialization

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical  Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry


  • Food Science

Research Highlights

  • The synthesis of new polymeric materials for use in optical storage devices in the computer industry
  • Development of new techniques for the removal of toxic materials from aquatic environments
  • The search for new antioxidants with properties superior to Vitamin E
  • Development of new procedures for the detection of heavy metal contaminants in soil
  • The identification of components of fungal metabolites in agricultural products
  • The synthesis of nanoscale materials for use in the microelectronics industry

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