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Ranked 4th for research impact in the UK.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Chemistry at Leeds was ranked equal 4th nationally for research impact, with all work being rated as internationally excellent or leading.

The quality of research saw an increase in grade point average to 3.18 with 95% of work rated as internationally leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

The School of Chemistry is a major UK chemistry department conducting the full continuum from fundamental through to exploitable and translational research.

Evidence for the quality of our research includes the following achievements during the past 5 years:

  • we have published more than 1000 journal articles, 13 book chapters, and 6 books. This includes more than 60 articles in Science, the Nature series, PNAS, JACS and Angewandte Chemie
  • we have filed 47 patent applications in the Patent Cooperation Treaty or National Phase. Currently, 11 patents are granted and maintained in the European and National Phase
  • 29% of our staff have held a major fellowship
  • we have received over £27M in research income, including £18M from the UK Research Councils. Current grants include two ERC Grants (at Advanced and Starting level), an EPSRC Leadership fellowship, and the recent award of a £3M contract from Sinochem of China.

Research groups

Membership of the groups cuts across the traditional teaching sections - Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry - in the School. The research themes of these groups are all at the disciplinary interfaces of chemistry with: physics, geology and biology (APC), biology and medicine (CBMC), physics and mathematics (CCCP), materials science and medicine (CDA), and chemical engineering (PRD).

Staff profile

Adam Nelson

Professor of Chemical Biology

Adam Nelson
"I am interested in synthetic organic chemistry and its application to biological problems. We focus on the development of new strategies and methods for asymmetric and stereoselective synthesis, which we apply in the synthesis of biologically active molecules and natural products."