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Department of Chemistry

 

Our 58 academic leads conduct research into a wide spectrum of exciting science from the molecular level to the global effects of atmospheric emissions. Although our research covers many fields, we have categorised these diverse interests into five major research areas known as Research Interest Groups (RIGs). You can find out more about each RIG below.

Biological RIG

We are continuing to build on Cambridge's legendary history of using chemical research to solve fundamental biological problems. Our research focuses on enzymes, nucleic acids, protein folding and misfolding, and physical techniques, with practical applications in health and disease, drug discovery, sensors, nanotechnology, ageing and energy research.

Biological RIG

Materials Chemistry RIG

Modern materials chemistry is a wide ranging topic and includes surfaces, interfaces, polymers, nanoparticles and nanoporous materials, self assembly, and biomaterials, with applications relevant to oil recovery and separation, catalysis, photovoltaics, fuel cells and batteries, crystallization and pharmaceutical formulation, gas sorption, energy, functional materials, biocompatible materials, computer memory, and sensors.

Materials Chemistry RIG

Physical Chemistry RIG

We have two broad but overlapping aims: To understand the properties of molecular systems in terms of physical principles, which underpins many developing technological applications that effect us all, such as nanotechnology, sensors and molecular medicine. The other is atmospheric chemistry where we use a range of computer modelling and experiment based approaches to study the interactions between chemical composition, climate and health.

Physical Chemistry RIG

Synthetic Chemistry RIG

We are focusing on developing novel methodologies, and our research areas include complex molecule synthesis, synthetic catalysis, synthetic assembly, synthetic biology and medicine, new technology for efficient synthesis, green synthesis, and preparation of new materials. Catalysis research is at the heart of our vision through the virtual Catalysis@Cambridge Centre.

Synthetic Chemistry

Theory RIG

We are a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative group that focuses on the development and application of theoretical and computational chemistry techniques. Our overall aims are to deepen our understanding of the properties of quantum and molecular systems, to model and interpret experimental data, and to design new algorithms and tools for modelling, simulation and data manipulation.

Theory RIG