Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry
The main entrance of the Chemistry Department in Cambridge
Head of DepartmentJames Keeler
Academic staff
United Kingdom
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The Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry is the University of Cambridge's chemistry department. It was formed from a merger in the early 1980s of two separate departments that had moved into the Lensfield Road building decades earlier: the Department of Physical Chemistry (originally led by Professor Ronald Norrish FRS, Nobel Laureate; the department was previously located near the Old Cavendish in Free School Lane - see photo) and the Department of Chemistry (that included theoretical chemistry and which was led by Lord (Alexander) Todd FRS, Nobel Laureate) respectively. Research interests in the department cover a broad of chemistry ranging from molecular biology to geophysics.[1] The department is located on the Lensfield Road, next to the Panton Arms on the South side of Cambridge. In December 2020, it was renamed for 30 years in recognition of a donation from Dr Yusuf Hamied, an alumnus of the department.[2][3]


The Department's research is organised around five Research Interest Groups (RIGs):[4]

In addition, the Chemistry of Health Building houses the Centre for Misfolding Diseases, the Chemistry of Health Incubator and the Molecular Production and Characterisation Centre (MPACC).[5]

Old Physical Chemistry Laboratory Cambridge


  1. ^ "Department of Chemistry". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Department of Chemistry to be named in honour of Dr Yusuf Hamied". University of Cambridge. December 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  3. ^ Sonwalkar, Prasun (1 December 2020). "Cambridge's chemistry department named after Indian scientist Yusuf Hamied". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Research Interest Groups". Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry. University of Cambridge. 11 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Chemistry of Health: Read about our facilities". www.ch.cam.ac.uk. Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry. Retrieved 13 January 2021.

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