Our research contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Goals

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Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2021: We are delighted to achieve 97.9% world leading and internationally excellent research publication ratings - a fantastic achievement given it is a new department with environment actively being built.

Chemistry research at Swansea University is pioneering multidisciplinary technology development in key themes of energy and environment; health; new and advanced molecules and polymers; nanotechnologies and advanced materials. These research initiatives transcend the traditional discipline boundaries, integrate the core areas of inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistries and intersect with other scientific disciplines, medicine and engineering.

Our international research spans everything from surface science using molecular beams and spectroscopic techniques, to novel nanoparticle drug delivery systems to innovative plastic recycling techniques, polymer synthesis, energy storage, semiconductor devices and novel inorganic materials for opto-electronics. We collaborate closely with industry to translate our research into real-world applications and commercialisation.

Research Themes

Health, Food and Drug Chemistry

Our research covers and explores the different major areas of drug discovery and health research, from in silico drug design to the evaluation of novel medical solutions in pre-clinical models.

Surface and Analytical Chemistry

Our research focusses on pioneering multidisciplinary technology development using Raman spectroscopy & FTIR; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS); Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM); Fluorescence imaging; Electron microscopy (SEM & TEM); Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and NMR.

Energy Chemistry

Our research areas includes energy storage and generation; batteries and supercapacitors; photochemistry, catalysts and solar reforming of biomass; oil and gas chemistry and green chemistry.

Chemistry of Materials

Our research areas include polymer synthesis; recycling of materials; 2D materials, graphene, electronic materials; biomaterials and tissue engineering; smart scaffolds; micro and nanostructures; microfluidics and imaging.

Semiconductor Chemistry

Our research areas include silicon devices and processing; photochemistry and lithography; compound Semiconductors; next generation semiconductors; nanomaterials and devices; organic electronics and plasma chemistry, etch and deposition.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our research contributes to the success of these specific UNSDG goals.