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About the Department

Chemistry in Cambridge aims to support fundamental science of the highest quality in a first class physical environment. The Department includes a large number of internationally recognised research groups covering an exceptionally broad spectrum of chemical science ranging from molecular biology to geophysics. Our enthusiastic research culture embraces new challenging areas, including strong collaborations with other academic disciplines and institutions, while maintaining a powerful presence in the traditional core areas of chemistry.

The Chemistry Department hosts around 200 postdoctoral research staff, over 250 postgraduate students, and around 60 academic staff, including newly independent researchers.

Three strategic collaborative research areas unify the development of research within the Department:

  • Chemistry of Health aims to advance the understanding of health and disease in a number of areas that are of global importance: these include ageing, cancer and infection.

  • Sustainable Energy, Environment and Climate aims to increase understanding of the impact of chemical processes on the environment and to develop sustainable energy systems.

  • Innovative Molecular and Materials Design aims to transform the development and assembly of important functional chemicals to produce new high-value products that will lead to novel applications in health care, agriculture, energy and consumer products.



The Department’s research structure is organised around five Research Interest Groups (RIGs):

Most staff participate in more than one RIG; this interaction benefits research in all of the groups. You can find out more about the RIGs on the Department's Research pages.

The Chemistry Department also participates in collaborations with other Cambridge University departments, as well as other universities and industry. To find out more about some of these collaborations, please click on the links below:


Studying and working in the Chemistry Department

The Cambridge Chemistry Department aims to recruit the highest quality undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates (postdocs) and academic staff. For information about academic, research or support staff positions and studentships, see the Jobs section.

To find out more about completing an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Cambridge, click here.

To find out more about completing a postgraduate research degree in Chemistry at Cambridge, click here.



To find out more about the School of Physical Sciences, click here.

Departmental Pictures

Corporate Associates Scheme

Departmental Report 2012