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Applied Chemistry

Lead: Professor Steve Stanforth    Meet our staff

The Applied Chemistry Research Group is a well-established and internationally recognised group of academics who are engaged in a range of projects involving chemical synthesis, analysis and modelling as the underlying themes. As members of the Cellular & Molecular Sciences research area, a multi-disciplinary group based in the Department of Applied Sciences, our academics link with other subject areas such as biochemistry, environmental chemistry, microbiology and art conservation. The group broadly aims to contribute applied approaches to underpin aspects of healthcare and other societal benefits. The majority of current projects enjoy external funding and collaboration which provides additional depth and relevance to the group's research activities.

Current research projects include:

  • Anti-cancer agents: synthesis and evaluation
  • Anti-fouling surfaces
  • Anti-microbial agents: synthesis and evaluation
  • Biocatalysis (through our Nzomics Innovation Unit, in collaboration with Microbiology)
  • Biomolecular modelling
  • Environmental health risk assessment
  • Francis Bacon art conservation project
  • Luminescent metal complexes
  • Oxidation catalysis
  • Phosphorescent liquid crystals
  • Substrates for microorganism detection and identification (in collaboration with Microbiology)
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from bacteria as a method of detection and identification (in collaboration with Microbiology)
  • Volatile organic compounds as indicators of malodour

Please view individual research staff profiles to see specific research and publications from the group. We welcome interest from potential doctoral and post-doctoral researchers interested in working with us. Please contact the research leads below.


We have well-appointed research laboratory facilities for conducting synthetic and analytical chemistry as well as computational facilities for molecular modellng. Equipment for Applied Chemistry Research include:

  • Gas Chromatography and Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • High Performance Computing Cluster
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Isothermal calorimetry
  • Jeol 400MHz Eclipse NMR Spectrometer
  • Proteomics facilities centred around a Dionex UltiMate 3000 nanoflow liquid chromatography/Bruker HCT Ultra mass spectrometry system
  • Thermo QExactive quadropole-orbitrap mass spectrometer for metabolic analyses
  • UV-Visible/fluorescence spectrometry.

Case Study: Conserving modern art


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