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12-CambridgeChemistry is the most central of all the sciences. Much of our understanding of the material world is based on the areas of Chemistry which are conventionally called Inorganic, Organic, Physical or Theoretical; but Chemistry is also central to other disciplines such as Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Materials Science, Medicine, Mineralogy, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Physics. This breadth is reflected in our research and in this booklet.

Following this Introduction, you will find a brief summary of the major research interests of the Department, a list of all the academic staff, and a one-page entry for each potential PhD supervisor. This booklet and further information about all the Department's research and teaching activities are also available on the Department's website.

The Cambridge Chemistry Department consists of a large number of strong individual groups covering an extraordinary spectrum of science, centred on Chemistry, and ranging from Molecular Biology to Geophysics. The Department consists of over 70 academic staff, 110 support staff, 250 postgraduate students and 180 postdoctoral research workers who are supported from central funds or by grants from Research Councils, the European Union, industry, charities or other sources. Many of the academic staff have been awarded medals or prizes, and we have 10 Fellows of the Royal Society active in research. Our strength is recognised by the award of the highest possible (5*) rating in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. The key features of our present success and future strategy are:

  • the development of fundamental understanding, with the emphasis on new structural, synthetic and theoretical techniques applicable in both academic and industrial contexts;
  • recruitment of the highest quality academic staff, encouraging all to develop an independent research group with the freedom to associate with other groups;
  • recruitment of the best possible PhD students and research staff. The number of research workers has increased by nearly 50% over the last ten years without compromising quality;
  • the pursuit of interdisciplinary collaborations, within the Department, with other departments in the University, and with external industrial and academic institutions;
  • updating and extending the 'fabric of the laboratory' building to provide the best possible environment for all our research activities; the securing of sufficient public and private sector finance to underpin all these goals. Since 1997 the Department has been awarded over £ 55M from industry and various public sector initiatives for modernising and extending its research laboratories;

Team members

List of members coming soon.