Research centres and groups

The School of Chemistry lends its expertise to five leading research centres at the University of St Andrews.

EaSI-CAT incorporating the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis (CRITICAT)

This is a four-year PhD programme operated by Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and St Andrews universities. The research projects span homogeneous-, heterogeneous- and bio-catalysis as well as chemical engineering. A new CRITICAT initiative called EaSI-CAT will be recruiting PhD students in catalysis for entry into the programme from 2019 to 2023. For details of the programme and recruitment process see the CRITICAT website.

Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC)

Researchers within the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex employ state-of-the-art techniques to address key questions at the leading edge of the biomedical and biological sciences. The ethos of the BSRC is to break down barriers between scientific disciplines and conduct world-class research on the broad theme of infection and immunity.

Centre of Magnetic Resonance (CMR)

The CMR combines expertise in liquid or solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, dynamic nuclear polarization, electron paramagnetic resonance, muon spin rotation, and computational magnetic resonance.

Centre of Magnetic Resonance


Organic Semiconductor Centre (OSC)

The OSC aims to encourage synergy between physicists, chemists and biologists to develop the next generation of organic semiconductors. The OSC provides world-class facilities for the researchers within the centre to focus on conjugated polymers and dendrimers, as well as their combination with quantum dots.

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Scottish Centre for Interdisciplinary Surface Spectroscopy (SCISS)

SCISS is a collaborative centre established in 2008 at the University of St Andrews by the Scottish Funding Council through a strategic research development grant. It focuses on real and momentum space resolved electron spectroscopies applied to complex materials.

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