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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ever since we were founded almost 100 years ago we’ve been making the world a better place.

Our chemists produced the molecules that started the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen revolution. We developed the first biodegradable plastics too. And today, we're creating new medical imaging technologies, smart inks and the next generation of environmentally friendly plastics.

We're at the heart of one of the largest chemical industry clusters in the UK. We work closely with many of these companies to create innovative solutions to the challenges that they face.

Our focus is directly channelled into the high-quality teaching and practical experience we deliver for our students. As a result, we train chemists who are ready to work in industries ranging from foods to pharmaceuticals – and are prepared for careers in sectors such as research, education and management.

Our academics and students, come together to form a vibrant research and teaching environment. Together we are delivering more world changing research through our focus on chemistry for sustainability, smart materials, and health.

Head of department

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Professor Mark Lorch

Accreditations

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Explore our state-of-the-art facilities

Our state-of-the-art facilities include dedicated teaching labs including a Physical Chemistry teaching lab, an Analytical Chemistry teaching lab and Synthetic Chemistry teaching labs.

You’ll also have plenty of access to research labs and facilities during final year projects. Including mass spectrometry, NMR, elemental analysis and X-ray diffraction and lab-on-a-chip fabrication.

Our community

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"It just felt right to be here. It felt like this is where I should be".

Watch: Looking to start studying Chemistry? Eden, one of our students tells us why she chose to study Chemistry at Hull – and about her love of science.

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Start something extraordinary

Watch: Learn about some of the important chemistry creations developed here at Hull and take a virtual tour of the facilities with our Head of Department, Professor Mark Lorch.

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Let us show you around...

Watch: join Dr Ben Murray and Dr Chris Armstrong for a guided tour of our Chemistry teaching labs. 

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Chemistry in the spotlight

Watch taster lectures, get the lowdown on life at Hull from our students and find out how Chemistry affects the world around us on our YouTube channel.

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“The supervisors at the University of Hull are excellent, always making time for students.

"There are plenty of opportunities to present your work, which helps grow your professional network." - David Miller-Shakesby, PhD Chemistry

Our people

The department is a vibrant community of extremely talented staff and students, who collaborate to craft some incredibly creative work.

staff members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, arranged alphabetically by last name

Research

The Department of Chemistry focuses on tackling global challenges through three research themes - chemistry for health, chemistry for sustainability, and chemistry for smart materials.

We’re in a region with a high concentration of chemical companies – including BP, Total and RB.
Benefit from our recent investments in chemistry, including the latest mass spectrometry facilities.
Scientists at Hull paved the way for the LCD display technology on your smartphone, laptop, tablet and TV.