The stories here highlight the range and depth of research undertaken in the School of Chemistry and how it impacts on society, on a local, national and international level. They reflect our sustained and evolving research activity, focusing on key projects that are currently active or have recently been completed.
Monitoring greenhouse gases
Using a combination of atmospheric measurements and complex modelling technology, Bristol researchers routinely verify the UK’s estimated greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs Impact Story (PDF, 652kB)).
Using interactive high-performance computing to visualise molecular dynamics and inspire thousands of people with the beauty of the microscopic world (Danceroom Impact Story (PDF, 1,362kB)).
Polymers, drug release and chewing gums
Research led by Professor Terence Cosgrove at the School of Chemistry has brought new insights into why polymers stick to or are repelled from surfaces. This new knowledge has been commercialised by Revolymer, a spin-off company that employs more than 30 people and whose products are used in a broad range of industrial and consumer applications (Revolymer Impact Story (PDF, 719kB)).
Holding particles with light
Aerosols play a vital role in many processes and studying their evolution over time is important for developing a detailed understanding of fields as diverse as climate change and drug delivery to the lungs. A device that holds airborne particles - aerosols - has been jointly developed by a team at the University of Bristol and Portishead-based firm Biral (AOT Impact Story (PDF, 192kB)).
The right chemistry
Research at Bristol's School of Chemistry that underpins climate change science is also transforming the quality and impact of chemistry teaching in the UK and overseas - with more students choosing to study the subject as a result.
From maize oil to murder: the diverse applications of sophisticated chemical analyses
A suite of sophisticated molecular and stable isotopic techniques developed by organic chemists at the University of Bristol has proven to be a powerful diagnostic tool for analysing organic materials (Chemical Analyses Impact Story (PDF, 1,037kB)).