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Chemistry at Lancaster University

Our newly-founded Department of Chemistry, the first chemistry department to open in 50 years, builds on Lancaster University's strong track record of chemistry-related research.

We have an expanding team of researchers at the forefront of their fields, and an extensive array of new instrumentation and equipment to support our research activities, which have direct applications across the chemical industry and a variety of sectors.

Access Expertise

  • Analytical chemistry and spectroscopy
  • Chemical biology and soft-matter
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemical theory and chemical computation
  • Condensed matter
  • Energy materials, catalysis and sustainable chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • Supramolecular and structural chemistry
  • Synthetic chemistry

Benefits of Collaboration

  • Access unique knowledge and technologies
  • Work with us to develop new products and processes
  • Tap into our global network
  • Access a range of options for engaging student resources

Working in Partnership

We liaise with all areas of the chemical industry, ranging from multinational oil, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, to a host of smaller enterprises producing new and specialised products.

We have relationships with the Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network, Nuclear Research Institute, The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust, DEFRA, and the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Our enterprise activities are organised across seven key interdisciplinary themes which build on disciplinary excellence and provide natural points of collaboration:

Forming Partnerships

Organisations can access our expertise through five types of collaborative partnership:

Partnership Examples

  • Viability and proof of concept of a new, safe, high-yielding and practical methodology for the synthesis of drug-like molecules for a global pharmaceutical company, which could be used in drug discovery and development processes, reducing environmental impact
  • Collaboration with a water quality business to develop a new, sensitive low cost sensor capable of measuring solids in liquids to improve water quality and efficiency of water treatment
  • Proof of concept assessment of experimental methods of high efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells for a large international corporation
  • The manufacture of a novel film with superior physical properties over current commercial films for the horticultural crop plastic cladding market
  • Harnessing the advantages of additive manufacturing '3D printing' technologies to trial different materials and create highly complex medical fluidic devices that are simpler, quicker and cheaper to manufacture