School of Chemical Sciences

Research Themes and Expertise

Chemistry, as a physical science, is traditionally focused on the study of the composition, properties, and reactivity of matter. Increasing interaction is happening between chemistry and other sciences, most notably the biological sciences, but also other fields such as mathematics, engineering and computing and materials sciences.  As chemistry bridges many of the other natural sciences, research in chemistry plays a pivotal role in a sustainable and prosperous future for us all. For instance, our School’s research is concerned with a broad range of societal challenges including effective drug design to combat disease, converting waste products into energy and designing next-generation sensing technologies for improved decision-making about our health and our environmental management.


Currently we have 18 academics in our School with research interests spanning the breadth of chemistry, including research in the areas of biological, environmental, inorganic, organic, materials, analytical and physical chemistry. The School work collaboratively in various ways both within the School and as well as more broadly with other Schools across the University. The School plays a major role in several of DCU’s research centres, including the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR), the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB), the DCU Water Institute (WI), the Advanced Processing Technology Research Centre (APT) and INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics.

For further information on our School's active research groups and their associated research themes, please go to the link below School Research Themes

For further queries please contact our School's research convenor, Prof.Tia Keyes.