School of Chemistry

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

The School offers MRes, MSc, MPhil and PhD research opportunities in areas including, but not limited to:

Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

Research in this area is wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, exploring the interface between physics, biology, pharmacy, materials and computational science, and chemical engineering. Much of our work focuses on novel molecular interactions or unusual synthetic or engineering proceedures to yield new compounds, properties, catalysis and function. Key themes include:

  • Biological Inorganic Chemistry
  • Coordination, organometallic and supramolecular chemistry
  • Green and analytical chemistry and clean technology
  • Nanomaterials, solid state and polymer chemistry

Organic and Biological Chemistry

Advances in this dynamic field underpin new developments in drug, agrochemical and catalyst development. Organic chemistry is especially strong in the areas of target synthesis, natural product chemistry, asymmetric synthesis including bio- and organocatalysis. In biological chemistry, we address problems at the interface of chemistry and biology to define the molecular interactions that deterimine the specificity and control of biological processes and cause disease. Design, construction and evaluation of new biologically inspired nanomaterials for drug delivery and use in sensors is another focus for activity. Key themes include:

  • Asymmetric synthesis
  • Biological and medicinal chemistry
  • Synthesis of natural products and rationally designed inhibitors
  • Protein biophysics and engineering

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

We have made major contributions to this field both in terms of our knowledge of basic processes and in the development of advanced instrumentation and computational techniques. We have expertise in a broad range of areas, spanning surface and materials science, computational and quantum chemistry, laser spectroscopy, solid-state NMR, cluster science and molecular astrophysics. Key themes include:

  • Astophysical chemistry
  • Clusters and van der Waals compelxes
  • Magnetic resonance
  • Surface science and nanostructured materials
  • Theoretical and computational chemistry


School of Chemistry

University Park Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3481
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