Postgraduate research

The Department of Chemistry is undergoing an exciting period of development. Our new laboratories and newly refurbished research laboratories provide an outstanding environment to conduct scientific research.

Our strengths are in analytical science including: the study and detection of biomarkers; in energy research such as solar energy harvesting, hydrogen generation, functional energy materials/coatings, photochemistry, and batteries and supercapacitors; and in catalytic, synthetic and flow methods to prepare new molecules for health and materials applications.

As a research student in the Department of Chemistry you will join a team of around 45 staff members and approximately 50 research students plus post-doctoral researchers and fellows. You will be encouraged to participate in conferences and provided with opportunities to present your research work.

Much of the current research is supported by Research Councils, Government Departments, Charitable Institutions and Industrial Companies.

There are four main areas of research activity: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic and biomedical chemistry, and physical chemistry.

Next steps

If you are interested in joining our team of PhD researchers you can find details of current funded and unfunded opportunities in the prospectus (below) or, if you prefer, you can browse our research pages to see the areas of research we are involved with. You can then enquire directly to a particular member of staff and they will be happy to help you develop your research proposal. We also recommend you visit the Department to see our facilities and to meet our academic staff and research students.

What you can expect

  • An active, dynamic research community 

    Staff in the department are engaged in high profile research that reflects key national and international strategic imperatives.

  • Excellent facilities 

    The Department of Chemistry is well equipped to carry out research spanning all the traditional branches of chemistry. All research students are provided with their own research space, storage space, access to research equipment and facilities, computers, IT equipment and extensive library resources.

  • Support, collaboration and personal development 

    Our research students have the expert guidance of their supervisor, attend regular research seminars, group meetings and conferences, and can gain practical experience of teaching undergraduate students as well as having opportunities to undertake research placements.