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About the Department

Chemistry in Cambridge supports fundamental science of the highest quality in a first class 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.


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 has internal and external  collaborations with other Cambridge University departments,  universities and industry. To find out more about some of these collaborations, please click on the links below:

Internal collaborations

External collaborations

Our three strategic collaborative research areas:

  • Chemistry of Health: 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: Increase understanding of the impact of chemical processes on the environment and to develop sustainable energy systems.
  • Innovative Molecular and Materials Design:  Transform the development and assembly of important functional chemicals to produce high-value products in health care, agriculture, energy and consumer goods.

Studying and working in the Department of Chemistry