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Research in the Department of Chemistry draws on the interface between physical and life sciences to explore new chemistry frontiersand deliver fundamental solutions for a sustainable and healthy society. We are known for our work on the chemistry of life and have growing expertise in chemical biotechnology and green chemistry.

The research excellence and vibrancy of Chemistry at King’s is reflected in our REF2021 results.

Chemistry was ranked 5th on Grade Point Average (in The Times Higher Education tables) with 98 % of research assessed as internationally excellent with 63 % as world-leading 4*. A remarkable result was 100 % of impact receiving the highest 4* rating. This illustrates the strength and breadth of Chemistry across King’s and the outstanding translational activities of King’s Health Partners. We have followed this up with the first spin-out from the new department in 2022 on novel peptide cancer treatment, led by Professor Martin Ulmschneider.

The department has several in-house technical facilities including unique analytical capabilities around hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry for membrane proteins.


Our research falls into three themes:


Working with others

We are actively engaged with the Frances Crick Institute through our King’s Chemistry at the Crick (KemCrick) programme.

Together with the Physics Department Biological Physics and Soft Matter Group, we lead the Centre for the Physical Science of Life.

We also collaborate widely with King’s Division of Cancer Studies on cancer stem cells and strong connections with King’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Science as well as biotech and Pharma, to develop therapeutic opportunities arising from our research.

The integration of Chemistry in biomedical research at King’s is broader than the direct involvement of the Chemistry Department.  Chemists, directly embedded in Department of Imaging Chemistry and Biology, in both drug discovery and delivery in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in Nutrition, in the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics and in the Dental Institute, expand our opportunities for research and teaching.



KemCrick - King's Chemistry at the Crick

We are keen participants of the King’s-Crick partnership with joint PhD students and several staff working at the Frances Crick Institute:

King's-Crick group leaders in Physical Science


 Group leader (Satellite Laboratory)


Group leaders (Programmatic Satellite Laboratory)



Discover our research



Discover our research groups in the Department of Chemistry.



Meet the Department of Chemistry, King's College London.