The research activity of a University Department reflects its vitality. The graduate research programme at Canterbury offers an exceptional opportunity to talented students who are preparing themselves for careers in Chemistry. Canterbury staff and research students are engaged in a variety of projects which cover areas of chemical research of international importance. There are programmes in basic research in inorganic, physical, theoretical, analytical, environmental and organic chemistry. In addition, there are research programmes in applied topics: the chemistry of the soil; pollutants in the environment; the extraction of natural products from marine sponges; and studies directed to understanding chemistry in combustion processes, the upper atmosphere and interstellar dust clouds.
The Department is well equipped with technology of an international standard. Nuclear magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance, mass spectrometers, X-ray diffraction as well as laser and computer facilities are available to all research personnel. The library provides a central resource facility for research and Canterbury carries most of the leading scientific journals in the broad field of Chemistry.
Graduate training at Canterbury is aimed toward developing within each student the ability to do creative scientific research. The most important facet of the programme for a research student is his or her own original research project.
The opportunities for research are favourable and a research environment is encouraged by all staff, most of whom dedicate a large portion of their time to research and are concerned to ensure that the standing of the Department is recognised in the international scientific community.