Please note that you may upload a research proposal when submitting your application form, however, this is not mandatory.
Please consult the School of Chemistry website and decide the area of Chemistry in which you want to work, and with which member(s) of staff (see Research interests below) or within which research theme. You can then approach staff members directly, or alternatively contact the School Postgraduate Admissions Secretary, who will be happy to provide advice about the admissions process and help put you in touch with members of staff who have similar research interests to your own.
Over the last four years, expenditure of over £2 million has allowed the School of Chemistry to purchase new instrumentation and refurbish and redevelop its facilities for research and teaching. This has been accompanied by the creation of several new staff positions. This increased research strength has been recognised by the research councils, who have given substantial support for research in the School in the last few years. With the facilities and opportunities available to our researchers, we can make real contributions to tackling the scientific challenges that face chemists today.
Research in the School is divided into four research units; further information can be obtained by clicking on the links below.
- Biomolecular, Supramolecular and Nanoscale Chemistry
Molecular and biomolecular recognition; supramolecular architectures; nanoparticles; self assembly and self organisation; liquid crystals; bioinorganic systems; light and redox sensitive sensors; photophysics and photochemistry; peptide design; DNA recognition motifs; luminescent labels; metallo-drugs and imaging agents; molecular imaging.
- Molecular Synthesis and Catalysis
Asymmetric synthesis; carbohydrates; cascade reactions; catalyst design; functional molecules; lipids; molecular design and diversity; natural products; organic reaction mechanisms; peptides; reactive intermediates; reaction design; organocatalysis; organometallic chemistry; sustainable chemistry; synthetic organic chemistry; transition-metal mediated reactions and catalysis.
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Atmospheric chemistry; bio-nanotechnology; chemical reaction dynamics; clusters and nanoparticles; computational and theoretical chemistry; electrochemistry; gas-phase molecular chemistry; magnetic resonance imaging; photoelectron and ultraviolet spectroscopy; simulation and modelling; surface and interfacial chemistry; X-ray spectroscopy.
- Solid State Chemistry
Fuel cell and Li ion battery materials; biomaterials; functional materials; heterogeneous catalysis; high-pressure chemistry; hybrid organic-inorganic materials; hydrogen storage and separation; magnetic materials; nanoparticles and nanowires; organic materials; polymorphism; superconductors; structural chemistry; thermoelectric materials; nuclear waste encapsulation materials; zeolites.
Learning and Teaching
Postgraduate students are provided with an Induction Programme, which generally occurs within the first week of Semester 1. The Induction Programme considers aspects such as the School Structure, Key Personnel, and Safety Matters, and is supplemented by a number of generic and subject specific Training Programmes.
Postgraduate students also receive training in thesis writing through the requirement to submit two reports (a literature review and end of year one research review) in their first year of registration. These reports are reviewed by two assessors, and feedback is provided to the student. During subsequent years, students may gain experience with paper writing through submission of research for publication. The School also organizes an Annual Postgraduate Research Conference in July, at which all PG students attend. Students in their second year of registration produce a poster for this conference, while third year students are required to give an oral presentation. Students are actively encouraged to present their work at National and International conferences, and evidence for the success of our procedures in presentation training is provided by numerous recent best student talk/poster prize winners at such conferences.