Welcome to Chemistry at Keele

KeeleUni_Oct15_004 x300 Chemistry forms part of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and is based in the Lennard-Jones Laboratories at the heart of one of the most attractive campus universities in Britain.  We are a community of scholars who are focused on academic excellence in teaching and research in Chemistry. ‌


Chemistry at Keele has a national reputation for innovative and high-quality teaching and learning. You will gain hands-on experience with modern state-of the art equipment and instrumentation and you will find the academic staff to be approachable and enthusiastic with a genuine interest in the welfare of students and a dedication to the highest quality of teaching at all levels.  Our students rate us highly – over the past 10 years Keele Chemistry has consistently been one of the top 8 departments in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, coming 5th= for overall satisfaction in 2018 and the University achieved TEF GOLD in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework.


Royal_Society_of_Chemistry x200 We offer MChem and BSc courses in Chemistry and Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry.  You can choose to integrate a year abroad at one of our partner institutions or a year long industrial placement into these programmes.  In addition we also offer combined honours courses in Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry where these subjects can be studied alongside another science subject such as Physics or Biochemistry.   Our courses are challenging and stimulating  designed to developed a breadth and depth of skills of wide applicability beyond university. All of our single honours and major route courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. More information can be found at our For Applicants pages.


KeeleUni_Oct15_005 x300 Research is at the core of what we do.  Chemistry Staff were an integral part of Keele’s REF submissions to A3 Allied Health Professions and B15 General Engineering which were in the top 20 submissions in the country in REF2014. Chemistry has a thriving research programme and the Chemical Sciences Research Centre covers a huge breadth of science, with particular strengths including clean and environmental technology, environmental chemistry and waste utilisation, catalysis, flow chemistry, materials chemistry, carbohydrate chemistry, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry and chemical ecology - for more look at our Research pages.  Collaborations are numerous with academic and industrial partners in the UK and overseas, including close ties with the Institute Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France – the world’s leading facility in neutron science and technology, and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

We have excellent laboratory facilities for both teaching and research and these are currently undergoing further significant investment, including the creation of a new £34 M Central Science Laboratories attached to the Lennard-Jones Laboratories, which will comprise four-floors of new open-plan teaching laboratories, IT provision, and student social learning spaces.  


PG_Chemistry_Andy Weekes_2016_0006 x300 Over the past 5 years our investment in major equipment has been considerable with the purchase of two new 400 MHz NMR instruments (with solid state capability), powder and single crystal X-ray diffractometers and a QTOF accurate mass time-of-flight mass spectrometer all of which are detailed in our Facilities pages.  Keele Chemistry's philosophy is that instrumentation is used for both research and teaching, meaning that our undergraduates have the opportunity to be trained on the most up-to-date equipment; together this represents an investment of over £2M . In addition, our rolling programme of updating analytical instrumentation has seen new IR and UV-vis spectrometers and GC and HPLC equipment purchased in 2017.  


Finally as part of our commitment to sustainability we have recently had a programme of equipping all rotary evaporators with mechanical pumps and chiller units which, coupled with our rainwater harvesting, further reduces our water consumption.


Keele is an exciting place to learn and research Chemistry, come and join us!