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School of Chemistry

Colourful X-ray crystallography equipment

Organic chemistry

Organic synthesis involves the construction 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, chemical and biological properties.

The School of Chemistry in Manchester is home to teams that lead the world in the development of tools for both organic synthesis. Many reactions are only feasible through the use of sophisticated catalysts and we are developing new and improved forms of catalysis.

We are particularly interested in using chemistry in ways that enhance sustainability. Some of the subgroups within our research theme use synthesis to target molecular architectures that intervene in biological processes, relevant to life and health.

The assembly of molecular components using weak interactions between molecules is the basis of supramolecular chemistry, which opens up exciting possibilities for machines that operate at the molecular level.