Materials are the fabric of our modern world and have been key to our development since ancient times. Natural materials, such as leather and wood, were first used in prehistoric times and the passing of ages are usually defined by the types of materials available; stone age, iron age, bronze age etc. In modern times the industrial revolution brought the dawn of the polymers age and in the 21st Century new materials, such as nanomaterials, are still being produced by chemists while established materials are being produced in better and more efficient ways. Many of the new materials have functions beyond the familiar structural and mechanical roles of commodity materials. Importantly, much of the modern chemical industry is involved in production of materials and the design of new materials; for example approximately 50 percent of all chemists in industry work with polymers. Even today new materials , such as MOFs (Metal Organic Frameworks), are being used to provide clean energy amongst other important applications.
Materials Chemistry is a multi-disciplinary new subject that crosses traditional boundaries. Materials Chemists have strong skills in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and they are in demand in both academic and industrial laboratories.
Our new MSc in this area is one of the few courses available that provides a broad knowledge of the Chemistry of Materials and uniquely the course offers a full year of research training as well as formal lectures. Students will join a leading research team in the area and the course provides both a strong back ground in the theory of materials chemistry and a sound research training (including project planning and writing of scientific papers) as a prelude to PhD studies or work as industrial research and development scientist.