UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences



Head of Department: Prof Claire Carmalt

Chemistry at UCL dates back to the earliest days of the institution, with the University of London (as UCL was originally called) hosting England’s first chair in chemistry.

The department has had a long and distinguished history since then, with luminaries such as Edward Turner, William Ramsay, Kathleen Lonsdale and Christopher Ingold leading the department at various stages in its history. 

Over the years, several current or former members of the department have won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. 

Today, the department has almost 600 students and over 50 academic staff, with research interests ranging from inorganic chemistry to drug discovery. The department participates in the Molecular Modelling and Materials Science doctoral training centre, which brings together UCL academics and students with industrial partners and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, offering an integrated four year EngD (engineering doctorate) degree.

Major ongoing research projects that UCL Chemistry participates in include the UK Catalysis Hub, a multi-million pound research group funded by the EPSRC, extensive research into photocatalysis, and work on clean energy and battery storage technologies.