Research at the Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry offers a wide variety of research areas including theoretical chemistry, environmental and analytical chemistry, organic chemistry and structural chemistry.
Supervised doctorates are the highest degrees awarded by the University for research, which is carried out under the immediate supervision of staff members. The education and training provided in these degree programmes are designed to produce graduates who have the capacity to conduct independent research that is both original and of high international quality.
A theoretical chemist is a person who wants to understand the structure, movement and reactions of molecules. In applied theoretical chemistry, we want to find equations and quantitative measures for what we observe.
We study the behaviour of chemical compounds in nature - air, water, soil and food chains. Much of this work is related to pollution from local sources - further distributed globally.
Organic chemistry is the study of the structure, properties, and reactions of organic compounds and organic materials. Organic compounds form the basis of all earthly life, and they are used in a range of products such as fuels, plastics, pharmaceuticals, food, explosive materials, and paints