The School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh is the top rated for teaching and research in Scotland. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise EaStCHEM is 4th in the GPA metric and first when staff volume is factored in (the power ranking), sitting above Oxford and Cambridge.

The Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews have formed EaStCHEM, which is the leading Chemistry research school in Scotland. Through continued collaboration between the two Universities EaStCHEM will become a driving force in a number of key research areas. EaStCHEM is also part of ScotCHEM, which strengthens links between the major Schools of Chemistry in Scottish Universities.

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  • Iron and titanium amino-phenolate complexes in controlled alkene polymerisation 

    Coward, Daniel Luke (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    Transition metals have long been used as both catalysts and mediators in the polymerisation of many monomers. This thesis explores the use of iron and titanium amino-phenolate complexes as mediators in the polymerisation ...
  • Novel microporous polymers for gas separation membranes 

    Felemban, Sarah Abdulhalim (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    Polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) owe their microporosity to their rigid and contorted structure which prevents efficient space packing. Their microporosity and processability make them attractive for many ...
  • Behaviour of intermolecular interactions at extreme pressures 

    Giordano, Nico (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    In organic solids, pressures of only a few gigapascals modify and rearrange intermolecular contacts such as H-bonds and van der Waals contacts leading to extensive phase diversity. Applications in this rich area of ...
  • Disilenes, silylenes and silyl anions fundamentals and catalysis 

    Stanford, Martin Warren (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    Disilenes, silylenes and silyl anions are examples of compounds with silicon in oxidation state +II. They are fundamentally interesting due to their analogy with common, reactive organic compounds and intermediates, such ...
  • Bimetallic uranium and cerium tetraphenolate complexes for the activation and functionalisation of small molecules 

    Seymour, Megan Lucy (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    thesis describes the synthesis of bimetallic f-element complexes of meta-functionalised tetraphenol arene ligands, (mTP), and their reactivity, primarily towards small molecular substrates such as dinitrogen. Chapter ...
  • Theoretical modelling of ultrafast photodynamics 

    Bellshaw, Darren (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    This thesis presents detailed electronic structure calculations and mixed quantum-classical dynamics simulations of the photodynamics of two small polyatomic molecules using "on-the-fly" surface-hopping. Most of the ...
  • Prodrugs activated by implantable microsystems 

    Norman, Daniel James (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    The need to improve selectivity in cancer therapies has driven much research into the design and methods of activation of prodrugs. These are primarily reliant on biological processes that are present ubiquitously in ...
  • Biomimetic synthesis of brevianamide alkaloids 

    Godfrey, Robert Cracknell (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    The brevianamides are a family of fungal derived prenylated indole alkaloids. Their range of complex structures are accompanied by a diverse array of biological activity. The brevianamides were the first reported examples ...
  • Synthesis and reactivity of low valent main-group compounds 

    Millet, Clément René Paul (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    Low-valent, low-coordinate or multiply bonded main group compounds are of interest for their reactivity. Properties usually observed for transition metals, such as small molecule activation, are possible for these classes ...
  • Study of bismuth-based perovskite-like materials for solar cell and supercapacitor applications 

    Li, Tianyue (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    Low-cost, stable and solution-processable materials have attracted significant research interest for their green and economical applications in solar energy harvesting and energy storage. The rapid emergence of lead-halide ...
  • Application of boronate complexes in Earth-abundant metal catalysis 

    Agahi, Riaz (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-28)
    Catalysis by Earth-abundant transition metals represents one of the most promising avenues towards a sustainable, environmentally-benign bulk and fine chemical industry. Increasing effort has been applied to the development ...
  • Developments in reaction monitoring by NMR 

    Jones, Ariana Beth (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-01)
    NMR is a highly informative non-destructive technique which is why it is so commonly used. However, for the purposes of reaction kinetics there are limitations of the rate at which data can be obtained. There are two ...
  • Integrated platform for the accelerated engineering of microorganisms: application to industrial bioprocessing 

    McColm, Stephen (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-01)
    Due to climate change and uncertainties in global fuel prices, there is a need to adopt biomass derived feed stocks for sustainable manufacturing of fuels, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. As a result, many major industrial ...
  • Polymeric Frustrated Lewis Pairs 

    Wang, Meng (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-01)
    Frustrated Lewis Pair (FLP) chemistry is a significant and growing field since it offers a novel non-metal catalyst for hydrogenation and small molecule activation. Once it was discovered, different FLPs with varying ...
  • Activation and catalytic transformation of carbon oxygenates by uranium, yttrium and palladium complexes 

    Puig Urrea, Laura (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-01)
    In recent years the use of renewable feedstocks, instead of fossil fuels, for the production of industrially important chemicals has drawn increasing attention. An interesting aspect of moving towards low-carbon technologies ...
  • Polymers, proteins and cells 

    Zhang, Yichuan (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-01)
    Biopolymers such as proteins, nucleic acids and polysaccharides are essential components in living systems and enabling the modification and modulation of various cellular functions and cellular behaviour. Many synthetic ...
  • Understanding the modes of action of solvent extraction reagents 

    Carson, Innis (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-01)
    Chapter 1 consists of a review of solvent extraction of metals, primarily focused on the fundamental chemical processes involved in the technique, and techniques previously applied to the elucidation of extraction ...
  • Synthesis and properties of CaFe3O5 and related materials 

    Hong, Ka Hou (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-01)
    The iron oxide family has become one of the most intensively studied transition metal oxide systems since the discovery of the Verwey transition in magnetite (Fe₃O₄) in 1939. The ground state structure of Fe₃O₄ was only ...
  • Hydrogel and other polymer arrays for biomedical applications 

    Schmidt, Sara (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-01)
    The need for efficient and reproducible cell culture is necessary for the development of novel biological applications. Traditional two-dimensional cell culture is traditionally done using monolayer cultures on tissue ...
  • Ruthenium alkylidene metathesis 

    Forcina, Veronica (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-01)
    The olefin metathesis of oleochemicals is a promising method to produce valuable compounds from renewable feedstocks. However, several issues hinder the industrial application of this methodology such as low catalyst ...

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