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Research areas
Life, health and chemical sciences
Materials chemistry

Materials chemistry

Materials chemistry is a vibrant area of research at the OU. We have an extensive track record in working synergistically with both industrial and academic partners.

Key themes of our research include:

  • Catalysis research, focusing on the synthesis and characterisation of bimetallic catalysts for fuel cells and catalytic converters. We also have interests in characterising porous materials and surfaces.
  • Condensed matter theory
  • Green chemistry and resource efficiency research, focusing on recovery of high value chemicals from waste and biomass.
  • Nanomaterials and nanocomposites, focusing on novel materials and their uses
  • Organosilicon research, focusing on new materials and coatings based on silsesquioxanes, biomimetic organosilicon chemistry, the development of novel HPLC phases and the mechanism of substitution at silicon.
  • Polymer processing and structure development research, focusing on understanding and predicting the effects of molecular variables during polymer processing.
  • Supramolecular chemistry research, focusing on luminescent sensors and probes, and photoactive molecular devices.

Qualifications available

PhD or MPhil


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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • Molecular imprinted polymers for clean-up of biological samples
  • Electrospinning of biomimetic nanofibers

Current/recent research projects

  • Production of novel HPLC phases
  • Characterisation of a novel silsesquioxane fabrication
  • Biocatalysis at silicon
  • Development and analysis of recognition polymers
  • Lanthanide complexes as incorporated luminescent detectors
  • Understanding and improving reactivity of low platinum group metal three-way catalysts
  • Supported catalysts for the recovery of valuable chemicals from wastes

Potential supervisors


Atoms and molecules

Further information

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