Research and Innovation
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Optimising drug compounds
Dr Foster likens his research into optimising drug compounds to solving a Rubik’s’ Cube – one that is a lot more complex than the well-known puzzleFind out more
Next-generation chemistry for medicine
We're a founding partner in the Rosalind Franklin Institute, a national body dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life sciencesFind out more
Research and innovation
Our world-leading research, delivered via six research groups, cuts across the fields of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The research themes of these groups are all at the disciplinary interfaces of chemistry, with: physics, geology and biology, biology and medicine, physics and mathematics, materials science, medicine and chemical engineering.
We have strong links with the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, the Bragg Centre for Materials Research, and the Priestley International Centre for Climate.
"world-leading" or "internationally excellent"
Submitted research outputs - REF 2021
academic and research staff
working with over 65 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research
of our research has
‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact latest REF
Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry
Understanding our atmosphere is essential for sustainable future development. Atmospheric chemistry influences air quality, human health, and climate change and hence the future of our planet.More on Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry
Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
We focus on chemical approaches at the interfaces of biology and medicine, with expertise in synthesis, molecular recognition, mechanistic enzymology, medicinal, biophysical chemistry and nanoscience.More on Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Colour and Polymer Science
Our research focuses on the design, synthesis and evaluation of novel colorants and their applications, as well as the design, synthesis and characterisation of monomers and macromolecules.More on Colour and Polymer Science
Computational Chemistry and Chemical Physics
We strive to understand and control atomic and molecular motion in chemical reactivity. Novel computational and analytical methods for quantum dynamics are an important part of our work.More on Computational Chemistry and Chemical Physics
Crystallisation and Directed Assembly
We look at the application of assembly-based approaches for the generation of new functional materials, investigating how assembly occurs over length scales from the molecular to the mesoscale.More on Crystallisation and Directed Assembly
Process Research and Development
Through the Institute of Process Research and Development, we explore the manufacturing of fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and new materials.More on Process Research and Development
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Working with business
We put science into action through partnerships with industry, and deliver value-based solutions to a host of problems across a wide range of industry sectors.More on Working with business
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