The Birchall Centre is home to academics whose general fields of research cover inorganic chemistry and materials science and straddle areas as seemingly diverse as sustainable energy, bioinorganic chemistry, catalysis, polymers, porous materials and surface science. The Birchall Centre fosters an environment in which fundamental and applied sciences across this breadth of fields can both prosper and inform one another.

More information about the history and philosophy behind the Centre and about Derek Birchall FRS OBE, whom the Centre was named after, can be found here.

A link to the "Materials for Industry - Derek Birchall Award" awarded by the RSC to reward an individual for creativity and excellence in the application of materials chemistry in industry can be found here: Derek Birchall Award - RSC Medal

The Centre is located in the Lennard-Jones Laboratories and currently comprises 11 academic staff members, 2 postdoctoral researchers and 8 research students.