Research and innovation

Study increases accuracy of atmospheric models

New findings help to close the gap between predicted and recorded concentrations of organic acids in the troposphere.

Air pollution

Working with business

We are committed to helping businesses to succeed by sharing and applying ideas, knowledge, technologies, skills and services

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Research impact

Our research contributes to, benefits and influences society, culture, our environment and the economy

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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

The Earth's atmosphere, as studied by our Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry research group

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.

A member of our chemistry research team exploring chemical biology and medicinal chemistry

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.

Colour and Polymer Science research at the University of Leeds

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.

Computational Chemistry and Chemical Physics research at the University of Leeds

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.

A snowflake, representing research into crystallisation and directed assembly

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.

The Institute of Process Research and Development

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



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