Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen is dynamic, young, and research led with a unique interdisciplinary and international approach to research in the Chemical Sciences.

Research is organised into two broad themes:  

Biomolecular Chemistry

Materials Chemistry

These two themes are not exclusive; staff work in both themes, and both are supported by activities in Computational Chemistry.

An important additional feature of Chemistry research here is the involvement with other disciplines within the University of Aberdeen and with other Departments around the world.

This multi-disciplinarity means that staff in Chemistry collaborate with colleagues in, for example, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Plant and Soil Science, and Medical Sciences within the University. Collaborations out-with Aberdeen include with our partner institutions in Scotland within the ScotChem alliance, and with many of the top ranked English Chemistry Departments.

We have international research links with many European countries, some sponsored by EU Framework grants, and Universities in the USA and Asia.

Underpinning this research is a unique collection of facilities and expertise.

The Trace Element Speciation Laboratory (TESLA) contains a unique collection of instruments for the analysis and speciation of elements involved in environmental and biological processes.

The recently established Biodiscovery Centre is equipped with state of the art NMR (600MHz) and high resolution mass spectrometric facilities for analysis of natural products.

Research in Biomaterials draws heavily upon Raman microprobe, solid state NMR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermal analysis and X-ray  powder and single crystal diffraction facilities. These facilities are also crucial to the success of expanding research programmes in catalysis and energy-related materials.

Major industrial sponsorship is funding research in drug discovery, catalysis, biomaterials, construction materials, and environmental analysis related to the oil and gas industry.

Our research programme is supported by postdoctoral research fellows and postgraduate research students from more than 15 different countries.