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, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

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