This research area looks at the development of novel techniques, or novel application of existing techniques, to analyse chemical or biological matter and systems, for example.
This research area looks at the development of novel techniques, or novel application of existing techniques, to analyse chemical or biological matter and systems, for example. This research area includes developing or translating techniques to determine chemical structure. It does not include techniques specifically aimed at researching physical and chemical phenomena between two interfaces (captured in the Surface science research area).
Our aim is for the analytical science research community to have developed a clearer identity – alongside recognition of analytical science’s status as a research area in its own right and not just an enabling technology – with a distinctive and valuable contribution made by this area towards all EPSRC outcomes.
This will include:
- encouraging development of community identity by refocusing a proportion of investments towards research that includes coordination and collaboration activities – this will provide community leadership in areas of national need and support the career development of research scientists working in analytical science
- reinforcing the research nature of the area by facilitating activities aimed at producing an overarching set of research challenges that will provide a framework that the community can coalesce around – especially transformative and disruptive techniques and approaches, and user-informed research.
In view of its disruptive potential in a number of applied areas – and to contribute towards organisational priorities – we will help the community to strengthen links with industry and other intended users of new techniques.
These include techniques that elucidate chemical structure, for instance. For Healthy Nation, analytical science should make better use of our Healthcare Technologies Impact and Translation Toolkit to better realise this potential.