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The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments in the University. Our international reputation for research is shown in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, which rated 98% of our research as world-class or internationally excellent.

Much of our research has been featured on the front covers of top international research journals. Our four interdisciplinary research clusters include excellence in all of the familiar branches of chemistry but organised in a way which suits our particular strengths, providing the foundations for a substantial and varied portfolio of research grants, an interface with industry, and collaborations with other departments in the university.

Biological Chemistry Cluster

Chemical Biology

Our research in Chemical Biology is aimed at understanding at the molecular level the fundamental chemical issues of structure, recognition, reactivity and catalysis which govern biological processes from genetic information storage to enzyme catalysis.

Materials Cluster

Polymers, Materials, and Nanoscience

We have internationally-renowned expertise in polymer science, materials chemistry and nano-scale surface engineering, with applications ranging from tissue engineering to molecular electronics.

Molecular Design and Catalysis Cluster

Molecular Design and Catalysis

Members of the molecular design and catalysis cluster have an interest in syntheses of new molecular architectures, focusing on functional systems whose properties could be used in a wide range of applications.

Theory and Light-Matter Interactions Cluster

Theory and Light-Matter Interactions

Our members develop spectroscopic methods to study the interactions of light with matter. We also develop theoretical methods, varying from electronic structure theory via quantum dynamics to artificial intelligence-based methods.

Independent Research Fellowships

Our programme for Independent Research Fellows is designed to establish you as a research leader in an ambitious, vibrant and supportive environment.

Long-term Fellows in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sheffield get:

  • the offer of an academic position after their Fellowship
  • a PhD student to kick-start their research portfolio

Learn more and apply