Purpose of Collection:

The Chemistry collection at MacOdrum Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Chemistry is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the Faculty of Science. As such, the collection also provides support for, and draws from teaching and research in sub disciplines of Food Science and Nanoscience, as well as a wide variety of related fields such as Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Physics, Environmental toxicology, Geology, Mathematics, Psychology, Engineering, and Health Sciences.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Chemistry subject guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

Organic chemistry

  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Organosulfur chemistry
  • Reactive intermediaries
  • Natural product synthesis
  • Organic solids and polymers
  • Fluorinated organics

Inorganic chemistry

  • Bio-inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electron transfer and exchange
  • Polymers

Instrumental analysis

  • Mass spectrometric analysis
  • Biosensors
  • Capillary electrophoresis
  • Electrochromatography
  • Plasmon resonance immunoassay
  • Microanalytical instrumentation technology
  • Drug screening

Environmental chemistry

  • Fungal metabolites
  • Water remediation

Analytical chemistry

  • Supercritical fluid analysis
  • Carbon nanotubes


  • Optically active organic materials
  • Optoelectronics

Nanoscience / Nanotechnology

  • Nanoparticles
  • Quantum Dots
  • Nanotubes and nanowires
  • Thin films

Chemical physics

  • Models of radiation damage
  • Radiation flux
  • Physicochemical properties of peptides
  • High resolution imaging of biological samples
  • Food science and nutritional chemistry
  • Free radical chemistry
  • Antioxidants
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Prebiotics
  • Food microbiology
  • Food toxins

Enzyme chemistry

  • Functional metabolism
  • Protein structure
  • Protein expression
  • Alkane formation
  • Hydrocarbon chains
  • Lipid metabolism

Other areas

  • Food Science, including food chemistry, microbilology, toxicology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Quantum Theory and Quantum Applications
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Kinetics
  • Organic/Inorganic Chemistry
  • Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics and Geochemistry
  • Radiochemistry/Environmental radioactivity
  • Photochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food and Pharmaceuticals Chemistry
  • Numerical Methods and Simulations of Chemical Processes

Selection Guidelines






English is the primary language of the collection. Works published in other languages are purchased selectively at the request of faculty.

Types of Material

Primary emphasis on supporting chemistry and chemical enginnering databases, journals and selected eBook materials.


Generally not emphasized: undergraduate textbooks; popular material in beverage science; popular material in environmental chemistry; biographies, pamphlets, equipment catalogues

Additional Collection Information

Related Programs/ Areas of Cooperation

Graduate programs are offered jointly through the Ottawa-Carleton Chemistry Institute. The Institute combines the resources of the Departments of Chemistry at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

Related Collection Profiles

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