Research course

Materials Chemistry

Open University · Department of Chemistry and Analytical Science

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Materials chemistry is a vibrant area of research at the OU. We have an extensive track record in working synergistically with both industrial and academic partners.

Key themes of our research include:

  • Catalysis research- focusing on the synthesis and characterisation of bimetallic catalysts for fuel cells and catalytic converters. We also have interests in characterising porous materials and surfaces.
  • Condensed matter theory
  • Green chemistry and resource efficiency research - focusing on recovery of high value chemicals from waste and biomass.
  • Nanomaterials and nanocomposites - focusing on novel materials and their uses
  • Organosilicon research - focusing on new materials and coatings based on silsesquioxanes, biomimetic organosilicon chemistry, the development of novel HPLC phases and the mechanism of substitution at silicon.
  • Polymer processing and structure development research - focusing on understanding and predicting the effects of molecular variables during polymer processing.
  • Supramolecular chemistry research - focusing on luminescent sensors and probes, and photoactive molecular devices.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Administrative Support
+44 (0)1908 655808