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Department of Chemistry

We currently home to 200 undergraduate and 50 postgraduate students within the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science. Our courses are taught in modern, innovative teaching spaces, offering excellent career prospects, including accreditation by The Royal Society of Chemistry. We have an active academic, PhD and research community, and are committed to inspiring the scientists of the future, with our outreach programmes for local school children.

Research within the chemistry department span a diverse range of topics within the key areas of:  analytical chemistry, materials chemistry, synthetic chemistry, theoretical and computational chemistry and pedagogy. Our research includes the development of mass spectrometry solutions, biomolecular-materials interfaces, surface science, green chemistry, synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry, theoretical developments and computational chemistry.

Chemistry courses

At undergraduate level, our bioscience courses are your gateway to life as a scientist, and at postgraduate level, you’ll develop specialist knowledge and skills to create your own learning pathway.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 86% of NTU's research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent. The overall quality of each Unit of Assessment NTU submitted to REF in 2021 also saw an improvement from the previous REF in 2014.

Our facilities

We have a range of modern facilities to support both our students and researchers in the Rosalind Franklin Building (RFB), the nearby Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Centre (ISTeC) and in the analytical and microscopy suite.

We have a wide variety of state-of-the-art scientific equipment capable for many experimental methods including: fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, raman spectroscopy, surface characterisation by gas absorption (surface area, pore size distribution etc.) and surface tension and contact angle measurements. We have a selection of potentiostats for electrochemical measurements, one with the capability to perform quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) measurements. For materials analysis we have dynamic light scattering spectroscopy (DLS) and a rotational viscometer.

In addition, available with our microscopy suite are atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis.

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