Jasper Van Thor working on the 'Spitfire' laser system

Work at the Molecular Sciences Research Hub focuses on six core research themes: chemical biology and healthcare; energy; environmental and green chemistry; imaging, sensing and analytical chemistry; materials and molecular design; and synthesis and catalysis.

The research aims to address six societal and industrial challenges:

  • understanding how disease works on the molecular level
  • developing clean sources of energy
  • meeting the food and water needs of a growing world population
  • unlocking new ways to visualise and probe the world around us
  • creating materials for the twenty-first century
  • applying advances in molecular science to the manufacturing process.