Materials chemistry is a vibrant area of research with many industrial applications.
Organosilicon research focuses on the fundamental chemistry of organosilicon compounds including: (i) new materials and coatings based on silsesquioxanes, (ii) biomimetic organosilicon chemistry, (iii) novel organosilicon compounds based on silsesquioxane cages, (iv) the development of novel HPLC phases and (v) the mechanism of substitution at silicon.
Research in catalysis focuses on the synthesis and characterisation of bimetallic catalysts for fuel cells and catalytic converters. There is also interest in characterising porous materials and surfaces.
Research in polymer processing and structure development research concentrates on understanding and predicting the effects of molecular variables during polymer processing. Relating this closely to their molecular architecture and properties allows the development of improved materials in the future. Molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs) have potential for the detection of biomarkers, toxins, explosives and pharmaceuticals. Research into MIPs also looks at their physical properties of this polymer class.
Research in supramolecular chemistry focuses on luminescent sensors and probes and photoactive molecular devices. Experimental work is supported and complemented by computer modelling of solid inorganic materials including oxides with interesting electronic and magnetic properties.