Core capability for Chemistry Research

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Chemistry

Abstract

The National Importance of a vibrant and successful university Chemistry research sector cannot be underestimated. The RSC's report on the Economic Benefits of Chemistry showed that the UK's upstream chemicals industry and downstream chemistry-using sectors contributed a combined total of £258 billion in added-value in 2007, equivalent to 21% of UK GDP, and supported over 6 million UK jobs. This output is underpinned by some of the world's most successful University Chemistry research, reflecting the fruits of many years of investment. On-going fundamental research is essential, not only to maintain a continuing flow of scientific and technological breakthroughs, but also to ensure that the UK maintains a highly skilled and innovative workforce; it is through these trained people that the UK will adopt and advance new ideas, successfully exploit new technologies, and develop new and better products and services. The ability to develop and exploit chemically-derived technology will fuel economic activity, and is a necessary condition for attracting inward investment to the UK. The RSC report also showed that the quality of UK chemists and the reputation for excellence of the UK's university chemical science base significantly influences companies in decisions to locate within the UK, or to retain a UK-based research presence.
Imperial College is an internationally leading centre for research, education and translation. It is the only UK higher education institution to focus exclusively on science, engineering, medicine and business. The College is renowned both for world-class fundamental research and for the translation of this research to benefit society and the economy; this combination was indeed defined as a core part of the College's mission at its foundation in 1907. Its research strengths reflect its focus on fundamental underpinning science and cover the breadth of engineering and the physical sciences. The College currently holds 270 research grants totalling over £285M that have been through the EPSRC's peer review process; these include 11 Programme Grants and 12 Platform Grants.

The equipment requested is to underpin the above activity.

Planned Impact

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Publications

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Andernach R (2015) Synthesis and Exciton Dynamics of Triplet Sensitized Conjugated Polymers. in Journal of the American Chemical Society

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Ang DL (2016) Quadruplex DNA-Stabilising Dinuclear Platinum(II) Terpyridine Complexes with Flexible Linkers. in Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)

 
Description Chemistry is the study and application of the science at the molecular scale. It provides some of the most basic understandings of how the world works and underpins many modern technologies. It provides both the most mundane of objects, such as the disposable cup that holds you coffee, and the most vital compounds, such as life-saving drugs.
Chemistry relies on four core instrumental techniques to study molecules; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometry, X-Ray Crystallography and molecular scale Microscopy. This grant gave the Chemistry Department at Imperial College the ability to update these facilities. These have enabled research in all areas of Chemistry, for example the building of artificial cells, the production of fuels from biomass to the development of new potential pharmaceuticals and diagnostic techniques. There are too many to list.
Exploitation Route There are many ways in which these results can be put to use in the wider world.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Security and Diplomacy,Transport

 
Description Policy Briefing Document 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Author of policy briefing document: Using Carbon Dioxide
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to stakeholders 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Laura Barter was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos to present her research investigating methods for increasing crop
yields by promoting more efficient photosynthesis in the session on "Engineering Intelligent Food Systems".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Radio Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC World Service's The Why Factor (8 February) on "Why is Water Exceptional?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Radio Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Andrew Ashley interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Inside Science explaining his group's recent discovery in N2 fixation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Schools activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Salters Festival of Chemistry: Annual Salters Festival. Y7 and Y8 many schools attend with their teachers to undertake two
chemistry-based challenges
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stakeholder meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Laura Barter, Rudiger Wolcholski and Sarah Al-Beidh organised a Creativity and Ideas generation event for
the Sainsbury's farming scholars which was also attended by Sainsbury's horticulture manager, academics from Imperial,
Natural History Museum and other UK institutions. Followed by attending the Annual Sainsbury's Farming Conference
to highlight the success of the Sainsbury's Farming Scholars Programme - a recent collaboration between Imperial
College, AGRI-net and Sainsbury's.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum. Presentation on measuring sustainability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion on sustainability metrics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description World Economic Forum meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof David Klug introduced the "Hyperconnected Healthcare" panel at the World Economic Forum meeting in
Dalian and participated as a panel member.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015