The Department of Chemical Sciences - DiSC - was founded in 2004. It was a merger of three Departments: Inorganic, Metallorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry Departments. 79 Faculty members and 60 technical and administrative employees work at DiSC that hosts also 17 scientists of the National Research Council. State-of-the-art facilities are available at DiSC, such as high-field NMR, mass and EPR spectrometers, autonomous computational facility. Also AFM, STM, XPS, XRD, Mössbauer and time-resolved, femtosecond laser equipments are available to researchers at DiSC, as well as all key instrumentation to run full-equipped laboratories for the synthesis and characterization of chemical compounds. The research activities of DiSC focused on six main research areas: chemistry for life sciences; chemistry for energy, environment and cultural heritage; materials, nanomaterials and surface science; supramolecular chemistry and nanochemistry; synthesis, reactivity and catalysis; theoretical and computational chemistry.

DiSC offers three B.Sc. programs (Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Materials Science, Science and Technology for the Environment) three M.Sc. (Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Materials Science) and two graduate programs: Molecular Sciences and Science and Engineering of Materials and Nanostructures. Recently signed MoU include those with the University of Giessen, the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology-Hyderabad, the Korean Kyungpook National University, the Tianjin University, the Beijing University of Chemical Technology and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry-CAS.