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Our research

A thriving, growing department embracing interdisciplinary research to overcome society's major challenges.

Supported by world-leading facilities, we produce fundamental and applied research of an exceptional standard, with a focus on interdisciplinary, problem-solving research.

We strive for our diverse research community to meets its full potential. We were the first chemistry department in the UK to receive an Athena SWAN Gold award for our gender equality practice, which was recently renewed in recognition of our commitment and achievements. And we provide expertise and advise policymakers as well as collaborating with industrial partners.

94 per cent of our research is "world-leading" or "internationally excellent"

(Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Annual research income exceeding £10m

We attract grants from research councils and funding from industrial partners.

Research strengths

We have a distinctively interdisciplinary structure of nine research themes, founded on our strengths in inorganicorganic, physical and biological chemistry.

Impact and engagement

We have an excellent track record of delivering impactful research.

Whether we're developing software for the pharmaceutical industries or advising policymakers on air quality and climate change, our research shapes lives.


Research opportunities

Researchers in the department play a key role in pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge in the field of chemistry. We provide a range of opportunities and an outstanding environment, with state-of-the-art facilities, to help establish and develop your research career.

Postgraduate degree programmes

Independent research fellowships

Current research job vacancies

The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence is based in recently modernised facilities.

University research themes

Interdisciplinary research is one of our strengths. We collaborate across the University's research themes – areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. We have particularly strong partnerships within three themes:


We offer state-of-the-art equipment and analytical services to help external organisations deal with chemical problems:



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Early career researchers at York benefit from a dynamic research culture and excellent facilities.

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