Posted on 16 August 2017
(When breaking down the 'Lens' score by discipline, the University of York is ranked number 1 for Chemistry and Materials in the UK)
The Nature Index 2017 Innovation Table reports the 'Lens' ranking, which reflects how much of the University's research since 1980 has been cited in patents. This ranking uses the QUT In4M metric and indicates the extent to which industry is building on academic innovations.
The Department of Chemistry has been a major contributor to the University's success. More detailed analysis of the 'Lens' ranking demonstrates that the University was particularly influential in Biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and Organic Fine Chemistry sectors, with 21,423, 19,814 and 15,143 citing patent families respectively. All three of these industrial sectors have direct input from the Department of Chemistry.
Chemistry at York has a strong track record in fundamental research as reflected in the 'Research Power' ranking of 7th in the UK (REF 2014). The Nature Innovation Index ranking demonstrates that fundamental innovations here in the Department also have a major impact on the outside world.