Research and innovation

The formation of life-critical chemicals

A new paper has been published exploring how diamidophosphate (DAP), a compound thought to be linked to the origins of life, could form naturally in the environment of the early Earth.

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Research and innovation

The School of Chemistry is home to a diverse community of committed and passionate staff and students, accessing a range of facilities and working within dedicated research laboratories.

Our world-leading research, delivered via six research groups, cuts across the fields of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The research themes of these groups are all at the disciplinary interfaces of chemistry, with: physics, geology and biology, biology and medicine, physics and mathematics, materials science, medicine and chemical engineering.

Over the last 5 years our scientific research has led to the publication of over 1,000 journal articles, 13 book chapters, and 6 books. We’ve also filed 47 patent applications, and received more than £27m in research income.

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Our research

Understanding the vital resource that is our atmosphere is essential for sustainable future development. Atmospheric chemistry influences air quality, human health, and climate change and hence the future of our planet.

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We focus on chemical approaches at the interfaces with both biology and medicine, with expertise in synthesis, medicinal chemistry, molecular recognition, mechanistic enzymology, biophysical chemistry and nanoscience.

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Our research focuses on the design, synthesis and evaluation of novel colorants and their applications, as well as the design, synthesis and characterisation of monomers and macromolecules.

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We strive to understand and control atomic and molecular motion in chemical reactivity. Novel computational and analytical methods for quantum dynamics are an important part of our work.

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We look at the application of assembly-based approaches for the generation of new functional materials, investigating how assembly occurs over length scales from the molecular to the mesoscale.

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Through the Institute of Process Research and Development, we explore the manufacturing of fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and new materials.

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