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Department of Chemistry research

Our research spans from fundamental chemistry to applications in catalysis, materials, healthcare and sustainable chemical technologies.

Our Research Areas

Research in the Department of Chemistry is organised into five research themes.


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Characterising complex chemical mixtures and selective molecule detection.


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Investigating and improving healthcare challenges.


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Exploring the boundaries between the different states of matter.

Impact from our Research Excellence

99% of our submitted research activity was ranked as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). Learn more about how our research helps to shape a better future .

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Professor Matthew Jones

Professor of Chemistry, Matthew Jones, talks about finding a new catalytic route from ethanol to butadiene.

Our Research Centre

In our interdisciplinary research centre we work towards a sustainable future.

Our Contribution to other Research Centres

We also support research in faculty- and university-wide interdisciplinary research centres.

Our Facilities

Explore our state-of-the-art facilities available for teaching, research and industry with expert support from University staff.

David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility

Some equipment in the David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility

We provide access and training on specialist equipment for micro-scale and nano-scale fabrication for University of Bath researchers and external organisations.

Doctoral Training

We provide a thriving environment for PhD researchers. We host and are partners of several centres for doctoral training across the chemical sciences. Find out more from other students.

Doctoral College

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We support and enrich the experience of our doctoral researchers and play a key role in developing policy and strategy relevant to doctoral study.

A fascination with chemistry

Dominic Macias

Bath graduate Dominic Macias stayed on campus for research in his third year rather than go on placement and was inspired to stay on for his PhD.

Join us

Apply now for one of our academic positions.

Research Consortium

Find out more about research consortia in which we participate.

Major Grants

Find out more about some of our major research grants.


CATMAT - Targeting a near-term improvement in lithium ion battery lifespan and EV range

CATMAT - Targeting a near-term improvement in lithium ion battery lifespan and EV range

Hub 'Science' 3

Hub 'Science' 3: Catalysis for the Circular Economy and Sustainable Manufacturing

Hub 'Science' 3: Catalysis for the Circular Economy and Sustainable Manufacturing



Advanced Manufacturing for Sustainable Biodegradable Microbeads - BIOBEADS

Our Spin out and Start Up Companies

Find out more about our spin out and start up companies, which resulted from commercialising our research.


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Naturbeads produces biodegradable cellulose microparticles to replace plastic microbeads, making them natural and biodegradable.

Department of Chemistry

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses and have a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and innovation.