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Department of Chemistry

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One of the very best UK Chemistry departments

Durham Chemistry is one of the very best in the UK, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked fifth overall in REF2014 and first for impact, we are an active and vibrant department with many of our staff internationally-acclaimed researchers. We have a strong cohort of early career researchers, future leaders, pursuing innovative research agendas.

Ranked third in the Complete University Guide 2019, and third in the current Guardian and Times University League Tables Guide 2018, our undergraduate programmes are highly rated outside of the Department and well received by our students (6th overall in the National Student Survey (NSS)). At postgraduate level our students come from all over the world to carryout research. Durham Chemistry (along with Durham Physics and in partnership with the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh), is home to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Interfaces, SOFI CDT.

Working at Durham University - So Much More

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Our Strategic Vision
Our Research
Our opportunities
Our people

 

Our Strategic Vision

Lead nationally and internationally in key research areas.


The core of our vision is to be world-leading in teaching and research, be financially sustainable and to provide a high-quality student experience which is unique to Durham.

Specifically:
  • We aspire to be in the top 5 for chemistry research in the UK and to move into the top 50 Chemistry departments internationally in the QS world rankings (currently 51-100)
  • We seek to maintain our top 3 position for teaching chemistry in the UK
  • To carry out research that is world leading in terms of outputs and citations and that generates significant impact locally, nationally and internationally
  • To concentrate on six research areas in which we can be internationally excellent. We aim to have critical mass in all six areas of research, either within the department alone: Functional Molecules & Materials, Physical Organic & Assembly; or in conjunction with other departments Computational & Dynamics (Physics), Soft Matter & Interfaces (Physics, Maths, Engineering), Catalysis & Sustainable Chemical Processes (Earth Science), Bioactive Chemistry & Synthesis (Biosciences).

 

Our Opportunities

Supporting individuals to be excellent


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Our Research


Our research is centred on three core themes, Manufacturing the Future, Bio-economy and New Materials, all of which are truly global challenges with the potential to generate significant economic and social impact. Durham Chemistry was ranked the top UK Chemistry Department for Research Impact in REF2014.

To support these themes researchers with common interests and complementary skills are clustered together in Research Groupings. We currently have six research groupings: Functional Molecules & Materials; Physical Organic & Assembly; Computational & Dynamics; Soft Matter & Interfaces; Catalysis & Sustainable Chemical Processes; and Bioactive Chemistry & Synthesis. We work closely with many other Departments within the University, institutes such as the Biophysical Sciences Institute and Durham Energy Institute as well as research centres in areas such as Sustainable Chemistry, X-ray methods and Soft Matter. We also have strong links with many Universities, Research Centres and Companies in the UK and overseas.

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Projects

Chemistry runs a large number of significant projects across a number of research groupings

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Facilities

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Our People

A vibrant scholarly community


The Chemistry Department currently comprises of over 100 staff, including 64 academic, teaching and research staff and 34 professional support staff. More information, including the profiles of our staff, can be found on our web pages.