Research samples & notesThe School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy (SCFP) brings together three thriving Departments that are each well known and respected for the breadth and significance of their research expertise. Within Chemistry, there are three research sections; Chemistry for Life and the Environment, Materials Chemistry and Molecular Chemistry. For more information on Chemistry Postgraduate studies, see the Chemistry Postgraduate page. Within Food and Nutritional Sciences, research divisions encompass Human Nutrition, Food and Bioprocessing Sciences, and Food Microbial Sciences. For more information on Food Postgraduate studies, see the Food Postgraduate page. Research in Pharmacy covers the core disciplines that comprise Pharmacy, namely Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice. For more infomation on Pharmacy Postgraduate studies, see the Pharmacy Postgraduate Research page.

Pyrex vasesWithin SCFP, the inter-disciplinary research environment facilitates work that spans traditional barriers. This has allowed researchers to approach fundamental problems in new ways and tackle research problems of significant importance to the pharmaceutical, health, food, chemical and materials industries. Researchers within SCFP contribute significantly to, and indeed lead, a number of University research themes that include the Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research Theme, the Food Chain and Health Research Theme, and the Nanoscience and Materials Research Theme. They also collaborate significantly with researchers at the recently established Walker Institute for Climate System Research.

The Centre for Advanced Microscopy EquipmentResearch within the School is conducted in well equipped research laboratories, many of which have been refurbished in recent years. A considerable expansion of the instrumentation infrastructure has taken place through the central provision of the Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF), which is housed within SCFP. The state of the art analytical suite is equipped with facilities that include 700 and 500 MHz NMR spectrometers, vibrational spectroscopy (IR imaging, Raman, fluorescence), mass spectrometry, X-ray diffractometry (powder and single crystal) and thermal analysis (DSC, TGA, hot-stage microscopy), at a cost of ~£4.5M. CAF provides a platform that will support a wide range of internationally competitive collaborative research activities across the University. Researchers are also extremely well supported by central research and analytical facilities available on campus. These include the Centre for Advanced Microscopy (CfAM), which provides cutting edge microscopy services and solutions for the life, medical and physical sciences, and The Biocentre, which acts as a focus for interdisciplinary collaboration using state-of-the-art research tools.

We relish the opportunity to work with researchers from both within the University and outside, and welcome enquiries from external enterprises and institutes. Enquiries should be made to our School Director of Research, Professor Ben Whalley

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  • Department of Chemistry
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences - Home Page
  • The Reading School of Pharmacy



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