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87.5% of our impact is outstanding (4*). 3rd in the UK for outstanding (4*) research impact, 7th for research overall, joint 9th for research outputs and joint 10th for research environment.

Chemistry research at the University of Liverpool is organised into five closely interlinked research themes: Materials Chemistry; Chemistry of World Health; Energy and Functional Interfaces; Organic Synthesis and Catalysis; and Chemical Models. We have more than doubled our research income over the past six years to £73 million, and increased our postgraduate student intake by 66%, while continuing to increase the impact of our research with a 52% increase in citations per paper.

We work with industry and academic partners to drive forward research and innovation in chemistry for the benefit of science, society and the economy. Our £81 million Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) opened for business in late 2017 with a vision to be the world’s leading centre for computer aided materials science. Located in the heart of Liverpool’s thriving Knowledge Quarter, the MIF was co-founded through strategic innovation partnerships between the University of Liverpool, Unilever and UKRI.

Our other leading-edge research and innovation assets include:

Our research underpins commercialisation impacts that include a new manufacturing process for the sustainable production of methyl methacrylate, a novel asymmetric catalysis leading to a spin out company and catalysing innovation through the Centre for Materials Discovery. Our emphasis on public engagement is exemplified through an internationally renowned Open Educational Resource, ChemTube3D.

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