Quality of Research
Cardiff School of Chemistry
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
The Cardiff School of Chemistry has a track record of internationally-leading innovative research across the chemical sciences. Following substantial University and external investment, it now contributes very strongly to chemical innovation, including the design of new molecules, materials and catalysts, and the elucidation of chemical structure and mechanism, and also to the application of chemistry to cross-disciplinary scientific and societal challenges, such as environment, energy and health care.
Developments in recent years include the establishment of new research groups in Structural Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Theoretical Chemistry, Organic Materials Chemistry, Structural Biology, and Physical Organic Chemistry. These initiatives complement existing core strengths such as Surface Science, Heterogeneous Catalysis, and Synthetic Chemistry. In particular, the Centre for Physical Organic Chemistry was funded by a grant of more than £4M from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and HEFCW. The recent establishment of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, with £2.3M start-up funding, builds on one of the key research strengths within in the School. The School is also a key partner in recent cross-school initiatives in Structural Biology (with Biosciences), medical imaging (Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Centre) and CITER (Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair).
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The physical infrastructure within the School provides an environment which enables research in all branches of core and interdisciplinary chemistry. Research and teaching laboratories in the School have been refurbished in recent years and investment in modern state-of-the-art facilities ensures the School is well equipped in MS, NMR, surface science equipment, and computing. The School is uniquely equipped with pulsed ENDOR/ELDOR spectrometers.
The School is a community of 40 academic research staff and more than 140 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, and is supported by external funds from Research Councils, other government bodies, private industry and Governments of many overseas countries. There are numerous postgraduate studentships available each year for suitable candidates.