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  • World-leading research

    Solving the greatest scientific challenges


Our research agenda is driven by our desire to help solve some of the greatest scientific challenges facing society in this century.

“In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014)​, 94% of our research outputs were recognised as Internationally Excellent or World-Leading.”

Our research groups

Our researchers are generating knowledge that is helping to develop sustainable technologies for energy production, improve healthcare, understand and limit anthropogenic climate change, and ensure clean drinking water for all. We want society to benefit from our research, both locally and globally. Research is organised into three themes:

Chemistry for Life and the Environment

This group is addressing current challenges in biomedical and health-related research as well as climate change, environmental sciences, archaeology and forensics.

Materials Chemistry

Research in the Materials Chemistry group spans broad areas of polymer chemistry, surface chemistry and solid-state inorganic chemistry.

Molecular Chemistry

This group is largely involved in the development of new synthetic methodologies for the synthesis of natural products, as well as the use of enabling technologies to improve chemical synthesis.

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