UCPH Department of Chemistry

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Coordinates: 55°41′59″N 12°33′39″E / 55.69972°N 12.56083°E / 55.69972; 12.56083

The Department of Chemistry (Danish: Kemisk Institut) is a department under the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. It is the largest basic research institute in chemistry in Denmark, and is responsible for the teaching of chemistry at all levels at the University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Science: from undergraduate courses in chemistry for students of biology, geology, etc., to Ph.D.-level courses. Its office is located at the University of Copenhagen's North Campus.[1]

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The building in Ny Vestergade (No. 11) where the Department of Chemistry was based from 1858

Research and education in chemistry has been conducted at the department since 1778, when the first Laboratorium Chymicum was established. Since then, the chemists have moved several times, usually to better surroundings. In 1962, Universitetets Kemiske Laboratorium moved to its present location in the H.C. Ørsted Institute (HCØ), named after Hans Christian Ørsted who discovered electromagnetism in 1820. It is less well known that H.C. Ørsted was also an able chemist, and that he was in fact the first person to isolate the element aluminium.

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