The Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews have formed EaStCHEM, the leading Chemistry research school in Scotland, and the largest in the UK. EaStCHEM is 4th in the GPA metric and 1st when staff volume is factored in (the power ranking), sitting above Oxford and Cambridge in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008), demonstrating both breadth and depth in both core and interdisciplinary research.
EaStCHEM researchers produced 75% of all world-leading outputs (4* maximum ranking) in Scotland. This level of excellence continues as indicated by recent awards for our researchers. EaStCHEM is also part of ScotCHEM, which strengthens links between the major Schools of Chemistry in Scottish Universities.
EaStCHEM is equipped with a wide range of state of the art facilities and instrumentation.
The Schools of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews have an international research reputation across the broad range of activities listed below.
The Chemistry/Biology Interface area is broad, with particular strengths in the areas of protein structure and function, mechanistic enzymology, proteomics, biologically targeted synthesis, the application of high throughput and combinatorial approaches and biophysical chemistry, which focuses on the development and application of physicochemical techniques to biological systems.
Chemical Physics is the fundamental study of molecular properties and processes. Areas of expertise include probing molecular structure in the gas phase, clusters and nanoparticles, the development and application of physicochemical techniques such as mass spectoscropy to molecular systems and the EaStCHEM surface science group, who study complex molecules on surfaces, probing the structure property-relationships employed in heterogeneous catalysis. A major feature is In Silico Scotland, a world class research computing facility.
Molecular synthesis encompasses the synthesis and characterisation at ambient and extreme conditions of organic and inorganic compounds, including those with application in homogeneous catalysis, nanotechnology, supramolecular chemistry, drug discovery and ligand design. The development of innovative synthetic and characterisation methodologies (particularly in structural chemistry) is a key feature.
The EaStCHEM Materials Chemistry group is one the largest materials chemistry groups in the UK. Areas of strength include the design, synthesis and characterisation of strongly correlated electronic materials, battery and fuel cell materials and devices, porous solids, materials at extreme pressures and temperatures, polymer microarray technologies and technique development for materials and nanomaterials analysis.
Many academics are involved in more than one research area and this breadth of activity is also indicated in our research interactions with other disciplines such as Physics, Biology, Materials Science, Geosciences and Engineering.
We also have a number of collaborative projects including:
If you are interested in carrying out research in our School, contact the graduate school.
Our researchers are involved in many areas with application to business, including Nanotechnology, catalysis, carbon capture and utilisation, and Life Sciences.
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The School of Chemistry, as part of the University of Edinburgh, requires that all research carried out by its members is of the highest scientific and ethical standards. Visit our Research Ethics page for more information.