Chemistry and Forensic Science research

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Research and impact

Discover how our academics worked with the Mary Rose Trust

We are a dynamic research community, producing innovative and interdisciplinary research. Our work has application in many industries, including renewable energy, medicine and security.

World-leading research

We conduct high-quality research across a diverse range of topics including creation of new materials, physical property investigation, biomedical science, sustainability, and soft materials (environmental/ sustainable etc). 

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 99% of our Physics and Chemistry research was judged to be of international quality and the environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence. 

Making a difference

Across our research groups we organise high-profile, international conferences and workshops, and our academics have secured substantial funding from sources such as the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Royal Society of Chemistry and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Our areas of expertise include:

  • astrobiology
  • energy materials
  • forensic image processing
  • galactic plane surveys
  • hypervelocity impacts
  • optical coherence tomography
  • optical sources and fast tuneable lasers
  • photoacoustic imaging
  • quantum materials and magnetism
  • stardust
  • star formation
  • theoretical astrophysics.

Our research community

Dr Jennifer Hiscock's global network to support equality and diversity within the chemical sciences

Join our world

We offer Chemistry and Forensic Sciences research degrees at Master's level and PhD. With academic expertise across a range of fields, find a project to suit you and help build a better tomorrow. Find out more about our postgraduate courses.

Our Integrated Master's degree also gives undergraduate students the chance to be part or our research community.