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.
Our research encompasses a wide range of materials, including organic materials and polymers, nanomaterials and nanoporous materials. We develop specialist electronic materials. We are involved in world-leading research in molecular magnets and graphene and we develop innovative materials for membranes. Computational science is used to provide important insights into, and predictions for, new organic and nanoporous materials. We apply our knowledge to New Technologies and for tackling problems related to Sustainability and Energy and Environment.
The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC) brings together key researchers in the University of Manchester, University of Liverpool, University of Bolton and the Daresbury Laboratory. Within the School of Chemistry there are two centres devoted to specific aspects of Materials Chemistry, the Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC) and the Centre for Nanoporous Materials (CNM). Work in OMIC includes the development of materials for electronics, photonics, molecular separations (including carbon dioxide capture) and other applications. Work in CNM includes the development of hierarchically porous materials and detailed studies of crystal growth processes. Both OMIC and CNM have close collaborations with computational chemists.
Internationally recognised work on nanomaterials has led to a highly successful spinout company, Nanoco Technologies Ltd. Intellectual property relating to novel polymers developed in Manchester has been licensed commercially through UMIP.