About us

The University has invested heavily in chemistry at Surrey in recent years, reflecting its conviction that a leading technological university must promote top rate research in the core sciences.

Consequences of this investment include an admirable research infrastructure located in one of the larger academic schools on campus.

Our rankings

  • Top ten in the UK for chemistry in the Guardian University Guide 2019, see the full league table results.
  • The Department of Chemistry achieved a 98% overall satisfaction for NSS 2017.


We have a strong research focus with international leaders in their fields, which include:

  • Natural products chemistry
  • Materials chemistry
  • Fuel cell research
  • Nanotechnology
  • Computational chemistry.


Our facilities include:

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Powder X-ray diffraction
  • Optical spectroscopies: Infrared, UV-visible, Raman
  • Chromatography
  • Thermochemistry
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).


Research within the Department is supported by a wide variety of funding agencies and by industry. Sources of recent grants have included:


The central role of chemistry in the scientific and engineering disciplines is reflected in strong links and joint courses with other departments at the University of Surrey, including:

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Department of Chemistry
University of Surrey