Department of Chemistry

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.

We have a strong research focus with international leaders in their fields: natural products chemistry, materials chemistry, fuel cell research, nanotechnology and computational chemistry are important areas of research.

Our facilities include NMR, mass spectrometry, powder X-ray diffraction, optical spectroscopies (infrared, UV-visible, Raman), chromatography, thermochemistry and 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 UK Research Councils (BBSRC, EPSRC), government departments (MoD, DTI), international bodies (the European Commission, NATO), and large companies such as GlaxoWellcome and Nycomed-Amersham.

The central role of Chemistry in the scientific and engineering disciplines is reflected in strong links and joint programmes with other Departments at the University of Surrey, including Biochemical Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, Microbial Sciences, Physics, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and Chemical and Process Engineering.

Our rankings

Our Chemistry programmes were ranked 7th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2017.

The Department of Chemistry achieved a 98% overall satisfaction for NSS 2017.