Our world-class research capabilities and the innovative methods we develop are reflected in five research themes, which feed into four further themes concerned with the challenges we address.
Methods for the determination and prediction of chemical structure and dynamics are essential to chemistry. We are at the forefront of developing new methodologies, as well as applying them to a wide range of chemical problems.
Chemical Biology spans the fields of chemistry and biology, applying chemical techniques to the study of biological systems, and utilising biological systems for new functions.
Computational chemistry develops and applies theories of quantum, molecular and statistical mechanics to understand the structure, properties and function of molecules and solids.
Materials Chemistry provides the link between atomic, molecular and supramolecular behaviour and the useful properties of a material. It lies at the core of many chemical-using industries.
An understanding of changes involving the nucleus of an atom, and of the properties of radioactive substances, is important for a host of applications related to energy supply, medicine and the environment.
Synthesis involves the atom-by-atom construction and elaboration of molecules using reagents as precision building tools. The power of synthesis allows us to design and realise fantastic molecular architectures that possess unprecedented physical and biological properties.
Access to a plentiful supply of cheap, clean energy, along with a need to minimize impact on our environment, are amongst the foremost challenges of the 21st century.
Chemistry helps to provide better medicines, more reliable food supplies and cleaner water.
Chemistry is an enabling science, turning innovative ideas into reality, tackling major societal challenges and creating new technologies.
Chemists have a major role to play in providing technologies for the efficient management of resources and for sustainable living.