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The University is investing in a £16.5 million phased redevelopment of the Department of Chemistry. New, state-of-the-art facilities will be provided for both research and undergraduate laboratories.
The first stage of this exciting development has been completed with the opening of the £6.5 million final phase of the D block research building. The addition of E block completes our original plans for the Dorothy Hodgkin Research Building, meaning the facility has now almost doubled in size.
Vision for Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry at York is one of the leading departments in the UK. York Chemistry is in the top five of the three major 2011 league tables, and in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) York Chemistry was placed in the top echelon of all UK chemistry departments.
Our vision is to capitalise on our recent successes and become the destination of choice of the world's most talented Chemistry staff and students; and for our research to help solve some of the world's most urgent scientific challenges in medicine/chemical biology, atmospheric chemistry, sustainability and solar energy conversion.
To help fulfil our vision, we require the highest quality research and teaching laboratory facilities. As part of this initiative, two new building developments are underway.
The three-storey E block research building provides high quality, purpose-built, synergistic laboratory space for around 100 researchers. This building houses, amongst others, research groups associated with medicinal chemistry, materials/liquid crystals and solar energy conversion.
In a second development, a new two-storey building will be constructed. On the ground floor, state-of-the-art teaching laboratories will provide outstanding professional-standard training facilities for the scientists of tomorrow. On the upper floor, the building will house our Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, a world leading research centre which aims to promote the development and implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and related technologies into new products and processes.