School of Chemistry

Chemistry is an exciting and rapidly changing subject which is crucial to our understanding of many of today's global issues. Our undergraduate courses and postgraduate opportunities, facilities 
and expertise enable our students and staff to study and work at the
leading-edge of this important subject.

Hear from our recent Nobel Prize winner and former Head of School, Professor Sir J. Fraser Stoddart: The father of molecular machinery.

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Posted 31 May 2018

Why critical materials are exactly that

Writing in the New Statesman, University of Birmingham Energy Development Manager Dr Gavin Harper describes why strategic elements and critical elements are so important to our modern world and what the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials (BCSECM) is doing to diversify their supply, develop viable substitutes and improve reuse and recycling rates.

Posted 17 May 2018

Plastics recycling with a difference

The BBC televsion programme Blue Planet II has led to heightened awareness and public concern about plastic pollution. The University of Birmingham's Professor Andrew Dove recently co-authored an article for Science journal with Dr Haritz Sardon. In the article, he explains how chemists are rising to the global challenge of plastic pollution by developing both new methods of recycling used plastics and producing plastics from recylced materials which offer the possibility of infinite recyclability.

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