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The University of Southampton

Our research groups

Southampton ranks among the best universities in Europe to study chemistry. We have an 'Excellence Ranking' from the Centre for Higher Education Development for our work. All research programmes aim to both train students to excel and to advance the understanding of chemistry.

Our academic staff have far-reaching interests that cover the breadth of chemistry, and their passion and knowledge for the subject feed directly into the teaching and training of our students. Postgraduate students are trained at the Graduate School of Chemistry, which is home to over 150 students and 45 post-doctoral staff who work on diverse, multidisciplinary research.

Characterisation and Analytics

We bring together specialists from mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction to form a world class, research-led analytical problem solving team.

Chemical Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Our researchers are leading the way in chemical biology tackling some of the world’s most significant health problems, including cancer, tuberculosis, and diabetes. We are finding new ways to both treat these diseases and diagnose them before they advance to a dangerous stage.

Computational Systems

We have a world class reputation in developing and applying new computational methods to chemical, biological and materials problems.


We cover all areas of charge transfer reactions at interfaces. These affect many facets of daily life, ranging from environmental issues such as water treatment and purification to medical diagnostics.

Functional Inorganic, Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry

In this research grouping there is a strong focus on the synthesis of functional inorganic, solid-state and supramolecular materials and assemblies to address key challenges in energy, sustainability, healthcare and diagnostics and the deposition of nanostructured matrerials.

Magnetic Resonance

We specialise in magnetic resonance research, which has important applications in chemistry and biochemistry as it can be used to investigate the structure and motion of materials.

Organic Chemistry: Synthesis, Catalysis and Flow 

Members of this group are focused on synthetic organic chemistry, specializing in total synthesis, synthetic methodology, reaction mechanism, organocatalysis, organofluorine chemistry, photochemistry and carbohydrate chemistry, both towards the synthesis of bioactive compounds and organic materials, and includes the study of organic reactions under flow conditions.


We work with all our research groups to enhance the teaching and learning experience of all members of our learning community.


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