Organic chemistry

The organic chemists in York have international recognition for the development of contemporary innovative synthetic and self-assembly approaches to organic systems and fundamental and mechanistic investigations into their behaviour. Working collaboratively across a broad range of science from synthetic, catalytic and analytical chemistry through to materials and medicines, we aim to translate this into diverse applications aligned with strategic research themes. Our expertise covers University research themes in Health and Wellbeing, Environmental Sustainability and Resilience and Technologies for the Future.

Our research is conducted in state-of-the-art, modern research laboratories (Dorothy Hodgkin building) and is well supported with a range of instrumentation. We have a strong community spirit and often incorporate cutting-edge research into our highly-rated teaching and outreach activities. 

We work in three key areas:

  • Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Soft-Smart Materials
  • Catalysis and Mechanistic Physical Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry

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