Our core research is seminal in the many multidisciplinary programmes which are a major emphasis at Surrey, in areas such as materials chemistry and energy, medicinal chemistry and molecular engineering.

Our reputation

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The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the high quality of research being produced by our Department. Chemists in multi-disciplinary units of assessment attained a rating of 93 per cent of their research being world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our research has contributed strongly to Surrey’s rise to 22nd place among 106 institutions for ‘Research Power’ across the engineering and physical science disciplines, based on the quality of in-house research.


There are a number of facilities we have available for staff and students to use here in the department including analytical instruments instruments for spectroscopy and elemental analysis and X-ray diffraction as well as a £2m refurbished chemistry research laboratory.


Research within our Department is supported by a wide variety of funding agencies and by industry. Take a look at our available studentships for funding opportunities. Sources of recent grants have included:

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Centre for Petroleum and Surface Chemistry

The Centre was set up in September 2012 with a prime focus of investigating physio chemical aspects of crude oils and crude oil emulsions with a view to improving the recovery and processing of these natural resources in more environmentally acceptable ways.