‌Our objective is to undertake the highest quality fundamental and applied research. We have a distinctive interdisciplinary structure founded on strong areas of core chemistry. Research in the Department of Chemistry is thriving; research income has averaged over £9 million per annum in recent years. There are 51 members of staff of international repute, about 160 graduates (mainly studying for PhD degrees) and over 60 postdoctoral researchers and five independent research fellows. The research is housed in a group of coherent laboratories which have been recently modernised and extended. An overview of the research within the Department is available in our Research Brochure.

Impact case studies

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Our research doesn't just have an impact in the academic world. These case studies show the impact our research has in the world.

Analytical science

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The development and application of analytical methods.

Biological chemistry (YSBL)

YSBL research

Structural and chemical biology and biological chemistry. Biocatalysis

Green chemistry

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Natural solvents provide environmentally sustainable and economically attractive alternatives

Inorganic chemistry

Organometallic, coordination and bioinorganic chemistry

Organometallic, coordination and bioinorganic chemistry

Materials chemistry

Liquid crystals

Our liquid crystal group designs and creates materials for a range of high technology applications

Organic chemistry

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Expertise in synthesis, catalysis, bioorganic, supramolecular and nanochemistry

Physical chemistry

Spectroscopy and dynamics of molecules

Atmospheric science, spectroscopy and photochemistry, theoretical and computational chemistry

Research booklet

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To get an insight into the Department of Chemistry and particularly our research strengths, we have compiled this booklet.