Research themes

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.

Research Groupings

Analytical and Physical Methods

Analytical and Physical Methods

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

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

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

Materials Chemistry

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.

Nuclear and Radiochemistry

Nuclear and Radiochemistry

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

Synthesis

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.

Research Challenges 

Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment

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.

Life and Health

Life and Health

Chemistry helps to provide better medicines, more reliable food supplies and cleaner water.

New Technologies

New Technologies

Chemistry is an enabling science, turning innovative ideas into reality, tackling major societal challenges and creating new technologies.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Chemists have a major role to play in providing technologies for the efficient management of resources and for sustainable living.

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