Chemistry for Life and the Environment

Our work is focussed on Chemistry for Life and the Environment. Research addresses major current challenges in the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic materials for healthcare. Specifically, our cutting-edge research is leading to understanding of protein misfolding diseases such as Alzheimer's using advanced physico-chemical analytical methods. Researchers are also developing advanced materials for regenerative medicine, particularly in the wound healing and skincare fields. We also collaborate with colleagues in Pharmacy and Biological Sciences on many projects. In addition to all biomedical and health-related research areas where modern Analytical Methods are indispensible, CLE supports research in the environmental sciences and in areas as far reaching as archaeology. Major biomedical research areas include clinical diagnostics and drug discovery and topical research areas such as proteomics, metabolomics and systems biology/medicine. CLE has the analytical expertise for advanced research that requires in-depth knowledge in analytical techniques, going beyond the classical chemical analyses. It also offers excellent hands-on training opportunities for obtaining basic and advanced analytical skills that are highly sought-after in industry and science.

In another strand of our work, we aim to improve the understanding of key atmospheric processes that substantially impact on climate change, with specialisations in the areas of ozonolysis of volatile organic compounds and aerosol formation. Researchers in environmental chemistry share a common knowledge base in atmospheric chemistry in particular in gas-phase kinetics, in spectroscopic (UV-Vis, FTIR, Raman) and related techniques (GC-FID, GC-MS), in the development of methods for prediction of kinetic parameters (correlations and structure-activity relations) as well as in generation, handling and detection of gas-phase atmospheric oxidants. We aim to synergistically develop joint research (e.g. recent aerosol nucleation and ageing NERC grant) while maintaining our independent research profiles. We both established links to the Department of Meteorology which we aim to strengthen through joint research efforts. This Met-Chem collaboration benefits from our activities in the cross-disciplinary Walker Institute for Climate System Research.

 

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