Research Excellence Framework 2014 - results

Chemistry

We are 1st in the UK for combined 4* (world leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) research, doubling our percentage of 4* research since 2008.

Research in Chemistry is organised into five closely interlinked research themes, Materials Chemistry, Medicinal and Bio-nano Chemistry, Energy and Catalysis, Functional Interfaces, and Theoretical and Computational Chemistry.

Investment in the new, cross-disciplinary Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy has allowed us to target new research opportunities in areas of future societal importance.

We have attracted £33 million of research income over the past six years and have started new research grants totaling £43 million, while continuing to increase the impact of our research papers.

We have a strategy of strong engagement with industry - our Centre for Materials Discovery, an open access facility for academic-industry collaboration and knowledge exchange, is being expanded by the creation of the Materials Innovation Factory. This £68 million project, part funded by one of the first UK Research Partnership Infrastructure Fund grants, has added a new 11,000 m2 wing to the Chemistry building, allowing us to co-locate academic research in materials with industrial research partners.

Our research underpins commercial impacts that include, heterogeneous catalysis for the environmentally friendly production of ethyl acetate, homogeneous catalysis for a radically new manufacturing process for methyl methacrylate, and powerful new methods for DNA sequencing based on chemically modified DNA.