Research degrees: three principal themes Research degrees: three principal themes

Research in chemistry represents each of the three core branches of the subject, but is also highly cooperative across them, resulting in three principal research themes.

Chemistry of Materials and Catalysis research encompasses synthesis, analysis and development of novel molecules/materials, including organometallics, organics, coordination complexes, liquid crystals, supramolecular assemblies and nanomaterials.  These have potential applications in a vast range of areas such as next generation energy materials (new types of batteries), security (authentication), medicine (drugs and drug delivery) and chemical sensing to name a few.

Research in Chemistry of Light and Energy encompasses multiple aspects of research connected to experimental and theoretical studies involving light and energy transfer.  These include photodynamics of light activated proteins and light harvesting/electronic energy transfer, theoretical method development, and discovery of new materials with applications in energy capture/conversion from the sun and next generation LEDs.

Chemistry of Life Processes research applies state of the art technologies and approaches in areas such as biophysical chemistry, theoretical simulation, protein engineering and genetic programming to provide novel insight into a wide range of biological processes, with particular strengths in the roles of metals in life, nitrogen cycle enzymes, multiheme cytochromes, membrane transporters, protein-protein interactions and unnatural amino acids. Synthetic biology approaches are also used to develop novel applications of biological systems in energy capture/conversion and biocatalysis.

Several faculty members with interests in Chemistry of Materials and Catalysis and Chemistry of Light and Energy are members of the Energy Materials Laboratory, and faculty in the Chemistry of Life Processes theme are members of the cross-School Centre for Molecular and Structural Biochemistry (CMSB).

An important aspect of chemistry research at UEA is a collaborative spirit that has led to strong interactions not only across the three principal themes, but also with Pharmacy, the other Science Schools, and the Research Institutes on the Norwich Research Park.

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Norfolk is home to a cluster of internationally-renowned research organisations. They are working together to tackle the major challenges facing all of us in the 21st Century – the sustainability of our environment; our food supplies and healthy ageing. There are over 2500 scientists working to find realistic and practical solutions, and the infrastructure and support is in place to translate these discoveries into commercially successful businesses.

Opportunities to join our research efforts can be found via the project links below.

In addition, details of the research performed across the School of Chemistry can be found here and prospective students are welcome to contact supervisors in whose research they are interested to explore the opportunities. Staff research pages can be viewed via the School web pages at the address above where contact details can also be found. Prospective students are also welcome to contact for further information about Research Degrees at UEA. It is anticipated that the majority of successful applicants will start on 1 October each year but some may be able to start at one of the University's other standard entry points (1 January, 1 April and 1 July).

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