Our research


Chemical Sciences research work at Heriot-Watt encompasses a wide field in response to the needs of a modern technological society. The broad spectrum of interests of the research staff ranges from fundamental aspects of pure chemistry to interdisciplinary areas which involve interactions with physics, biochemistry and applied science. ICS has excellent facilities that support research and research suites have been created for high resolution multinuclear NMR, X-ray crystallography (both single-crystal and powder), laser science, solid state and computational chemistry. Each of these areas has attracted major research funding.

Research in ICS is divided into three main research groupings:

To view individual staff members research interests, see our full list of staff members


Enquiries regarding positions in the postgraduate school should be directed in the first instance to the Postgraduate Research Coordinator, Dr Filipe Vilela.


Institute of Chemical Sciences  William Perkin Building School of Engineering & Physical Sciences Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh EH14 4AS Scotland UK Phone: 0131 451 8034 Email: F.Vilela@hw.ac.uk

There is also an online application form for postgraduate study and research at Heriot-Watt University available.

Key information

Dr Filipe Vilela