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Impact at the School of Chemistry

Our research is working to tackle major challenges facing society, the economy and our environment.

We collaborate with many industries and national and international organisations to translate our high quality chemical research into a broad spectrum of applications. These include:

  • health (e.g. novel imaging agents)
  • clean chemical manufacture (e.g. exploiting benign oxidising agents)
  • environmental clean-up (e.g. exhaust after-treatment)
  • sustainability (e.g. replacing rare metals in catalysis)
  • security (e.g. sensors for chemical warfare agents)
  • energy (e.g. photocatalysis and biofuels)


Improved catalysts to enable air purification in life-saving applications

By researching the relationship between the preparation and performance of the catalysts used to remove CO from contaminated air, researchers have developed improved processes for removing Carbon Monoxide.


Scaling-up the environmentally friendly production of Perspex®

The research group of Professor Peter Edwards and Doctor Paul Newman of the School of Chemistry in collaboration with Lucite International have developed a new method to produce the essential building block of Perspex® in a way that reduces costs and environmentally harmful processes and waste.

Close up of a grid of gold mesh

Cleaning up PVC production

Professor Graham Hutchings of the School of Chemistry has been working towards reducing the environmental dangers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacture.

Student testing a catalyst in a lab

Why gold is the key to a glittering future

Our newly identified catalyst has the potential to save lives, improve health and clean up the environment.


Environmentally friendly Perspex production

We developed a homogeneous catalyst to enable an environmentally friendly and efficient route for Perspex.

Advanced Computing

Predicting molecular properties using advanced computing

Molpro is a software package that enables chemists to calculate from first principles the properties of molecular matter.

Space Exploration

Supplying clean air to save lives

We are developing catalysts which remove deadly carbon monoxide from confined environments.