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Birmingham has been at the forefront of transplants since the pioneering work of Sir Peter Medawar. Our researchers are continuing his legacy.
Developing the use of sensors and clocks in innovative, ground-breaking technologies to change the future landscapes of healthcare, transport, defence, civil engineering and more.
Academia partnering with business, investigating, developing and co-creating robust and innovative solutions to achieve responsible business success. Building the foundations for a more responsible and sustainable future.
We are working with partners across the globe to understand how to save lives at risk from poor air quality.
Challenging established views and policy responses to migration and its impact on societies in a rapidly changing world.
Birmingham academics work on major issues in international ethics and global justice and train the next generation of students to tackle these issues.
We explore what it means to be human – in historical and cultural contexts, within ethical and legal norms and through languages and communication.
From atoms to astronomy, computers to cars and robots to robust materials, our goal is to transform our understanding of the world to make life easier, healthier and more sustainable.
Across the breadth of life and environmental sciences we discover, apply and translate science, forging major advances in human and environmental health.
With over 1,000 academic staff researchers and around £80 million new research funding per year, we are dedicated to performing world-leading research with the ultimate goal of improving human health.
We address the challenges facing society and the economy, from shedding light on the refugee crisis, to character education in schools, through to developing leaders in the NHS.
The School of Chemistry has undertaken world-leading research for over a century and remains at the fore-front of scientific discovery, as has been recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where all of our research outputs have been graded as internationally recognised, with over 95% being classed as internationally excellent or world-leading.
To find out more, download our new brochure, Research Opportunities at the School of Chemistry (pdf).
The School of Chemistry’s performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, has highlighted that over 95% of the research outputs in the School were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. Learn more about our REF results.
We have a broad research portfolio covering three outward-facing research themes: Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery; Imaging in Chemistry and Biomedicine and Materials Chemistry and Energy. These research themes are underpinned by four core research units: Biomolecular, Supramolecular and Nanoscale Chemistry; Molecular Synthesis and Catalysis; Interactions, Interfaces and Sensing and Solid State Chemistry. Our research is funded from a broad range of sources, including EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, Marie Curie and EU research programmes, the Leverhulme Trust and industry. The School also hosts two Centres for Doctoral Training in the Physical Sciences of Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences (Sci Phy) and the Physical Sciences for Health.
Our academics has been awarded with a large number of grants from a range of funding bodies, demonstrating our expertise and proven track record in sourcing and applying for funding as well as delivering cutting-edge chemistry research. Find out more about our funded research projects.