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Chemistry plays an essential role in developing innovative solutions to some of the key challenges faced by modern society. Our world-leading research expertise impacts in key areas such as sustainability, energy, and the effective management of societal resources.

The Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews formed EaStCHEM in 2004 to combine the research activities of two of Scotland’s leading schools of chemistry. EaStCHEM is now recognised for excellence in both core and interdisciplinary chemistry with our wide-ranging research themes reflecting the relevance of modern chemistry in solving important global challenges and improving lives.

EaStCHEM ranked second in the REF 2014 'Power Table' with 80 academics submitted and 95% of research papers classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. The collaborative environment provided by EaStCHEM was assessed as excellent with all aspects rated as internationally or nationally leading.

Read more about our five research themes on the School of Chemistry website:

Catalysis and Synthesis

The Chemistry Biology Interface

Energy, Environment and Sustainable Chemistry

Functional Materials

Structural Chemistry and Chemical Dynamics

The strength and ethos of EaStCHEM is particularly evident in the complementary instrumentation provided by both schools of chemistry resulting in the provision of exceptional state of the art facilities and instrumentation.

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