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The Department of Chemistry at University College London is one of the top chemistry departments in the UK, with over 50 members of academic staff carrying out world-leading research. We specialise in the areas of organic synthesis, chemical biology, computational chemistry, nanotechnology, inorganic and materials chemistry and physical chemistry and chemical physics.

The Department of Chemistry at University College London is one of the top chemistry departments in the UK, with over 50 members of academic staff carrying out world-leading research. We specialise in the areas of organic synthesis, chemical biology, computational chemistry, nanotechnology, inorganic and materials chemistry and physical chemistry and chemical physics.

Reseach Themes

Chemical Sustainability

Sustainable chemical approaches to the production of new and existing chemical products and materials is of crucial importance world-wide over the next decades. At UCL we are pioneering novel green chemistry strategies for molecular assembly and materials construction.

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Materials for the Future

The design of new materials will be key for solving important challenges related to the generation and storage of clean energy, the environmentally-friendly production of chemicals, and the manufacturing of new electronic components and sensors. 

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Chemistry for Life

Chemistry is the very essence of life and can help us live better and more sustainable lives. Chemistry and Chemical approaches can help us understand how life started, how life evolves and how life adapts. 

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Chemistry and Light

Light is essential for life. For example, light is key to photosynthesis and vision. Light is also important in technology, such as in nanoscale optoelectronic devices.

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Research Sections

Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics 

Section Head: Prof Graham A. Worth

Research in physical chemistry at UCL employs a wide range of experimental measurement methods and theoretical calculations that include uisng lasers, x-rays, neutrons, ion beams, scanning probes and computational chemistry to measure and calculate chemical, physical and biological properties of molecules to understand the relationship between molecular structure and function. Much of our research is aligned with the EPSRC priority areas of healthcare, sustainable energy, novel quantum technologies and advanced materials.

Many research groups collaborate extensively with each other, with academics from other research groupings within chemistry, with groups from other departments and faculties within UCL and outside UCL.
The following academics belong to this research group:

Computational Chemistry

Section Head: Professor Graham Worth

UCL's computational chemists work closely with experimentalists to provide atomic or electronic level insights into a wide range of molecules, in isolation, complexes or condensed phases. This involves developing computational chemistry methodology and expanding the scale and efficiency to provide realistic simulations.
Below are the academics working within this research group:

Materials and Inorganic Chemistry

Section Head: Prof. Furio Cora

This section is concerned with the synthesis, characterisation and functional properties of inorganic complexes and materials. It has a particular emphasis on solid state-chemistry, synchrotron studies and understanding material properties through computational work. It is very skilled in high pressure and thin film work. It also has interests in crystallography (powders and single crystals), polymorphism, preparation of catalysts, hydrogen storage medium, combinatorial materials science, metal enzyme mimics, bone structure, supercritical fluids, molecular precursors and chemical vapour deposition.
The following academics belong to this research group:

Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Section Head: Prof Alethea Tabor

The Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology section is engaged in a variety of research activities that are underpinned by organic synthesis. Research activities cover a broad range of topics from the development of new reaction methodologies and catalysts, target asymmetric synthesis of molecules with profound biological activity, through to peptide, protein and DNA chemistry, radiochemistry and molecule imaging, single molecule detection, mass spectrometry, bionanotechnology, biocatalysis, chemical genetics and directed evolution. In much of this work interactions with biology and medicine is vital and a number of exciting projects are developing new therapeutics for treatment of a variety of diseases including infection, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Activities in the areas of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry are coordinated through the Centre for Chemical Biology.

The section is supported by grants from EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, The Simons Foundation (New York), Leverhulme Trust and Industry. 
Below are the academics working within this research group:

    Resources

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    Research Administrator
    Yael Moscou
    Tel: 020 7679 1003
    Email: research.chem@ucl.ac.uk