We study self-assembled, self-organised and nanoscale materials, often based on renewable resources, that can be applied to next-generation technologies – from opto-electronics to tissue engineering. 

Molecular materials research is inherently interdisciplinary, bringing together a diverse set of techniques for synthesis, properties analysis, materials modelling and device development.

We work collaboratively with colleagues from across the university’s departments, from industry, and from research institutions around the world, which supports the translation of fundamental materials' chemistry towards a variety of applications.

Our research utilises fundamental advances and rational design to address UN Sustainable development goals in Affordable and Clean Energy, Good Health and Wellbeing and Responsible Consumption and Production.

Capabilities and Training

Collaborators and researchers in Molecular Materials gain access and training in a diverse range of skills and techniques, including:


  • Organic and Organometallic Synthesis
  • Protein Modification and Purification
  • Materials and Composite Formulation
  • Device Fabrication


  • Calorimetry
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance
  • Electrochemistry
  • Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Optical and Chiroptical Spectroscopy
  • Optical Microscopy
  • Porosimetry and surface area measurements
  • Rheology
  • Thermal Analysis
  • X-ray Scattering and Crystallography


  • Machine Learning
  • Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo Simulations
  • Quantum Chemical Calculations