Biomedical Sciences Research Complex

School of Chemistry

The School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews is part of EaStCHEM, a Scottish Funding Council (SFC) research pooling partnership that joins together Scotland’s two top research schools for chemistry. By combining the research talents and facilities of the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh, both institutions benefit and are now in a position to become world-leaders in several key areas of research, including biophysical chemistry, catalysis, chemical biology, chemical physics, inorganic chemistry, materials, structural chemistry and synthesis.

EaStCHEM scored highest in Scotland in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. This is an outstanding performance and demonstrates world class breadth and depth in the chemical sciences in the East of Scotland. The spectacular rise in research quality as judged by peer review is a result of a sustained commitment by the respective Universities and the Scottish Funding Council in supporting excellence in chemistry over the last five years. It also reflects the dedication and commitment of many academics, support staff and their students in succeeding in ground breaking research over a wide range of challenging programmes.

EaStCHEM has four research areas spanning the whole of chemistry:

  • The chemistry/biology interface area is broad, with particular strengths in the areas of protein structure and function, mechanistic enzymology, proteomics, biologically targeted synthesis, the application of high throughput and combinatorial approaches and biophysical chemistry, which focuses on the development and application of physicochemical techniques to biological systems.
  • Experimental and theoretical chemical physics is the fundamental study of molecular properties and processes. Areas of expertise include probing molecular structure in the gas phase, clusters and nanoparticles, the development and application of physicochemical techniques such as mass spectoscropy to molecular systems, computing and surface science, studying complex molecules on surfaces and probing the structure property-relationships employed in heterogeneous catalysis.
  • Molecular synthesis encompasses the synthesis and characterisation at ambient and extreme conditions of organic and inorganic compounds, including those with application in homogeneous catalysis, nanotechnology, supramolecular chemistry, drug discovery and ligand design. The development of innovative synthetic and characterisation methodologies (particularly in structural chemistry) is a key feature.
  • Materials chemistry is one the largest materials chemistry groups in the UK. Areas of strength include the design, synthesis and characterisation of strongly correlated electronic materials, battery and fuel cell materials and devices, porous solids, materials at extreme pressures and temperatures, polymer microarray technologies and technique development for materials and nanomaterials analysis.

For more information, visit the School of Chemistry website.