The long-term aim of Véronique Gouverneur's research is to combine the tools and principles of chemistry with the molecules and processes of living cells to create molecules with new catalytic activities.
Studying Chemistry at Merton
Nearly all tutorial teaching is 'in-house', ensuring continuity and close co-ordination.
Merton's Chemistry Society is named after the Merton chemist, Frederick Soddy, who won a Nobel Prize in 1921. It brings together chemists from all three Common Rooms. They are a sizeable group - accounting for 8% of the Junior and 10% of the Middle Common Room.
In 2013-4 the female:male ratio among undergraduates is 43:57 and student nationalities include Irish, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Thai and Swedish as well as British.
Undergraduates typically spend two years living in Holywell Street, only five minutes from lecture halls and labs.
Merton's chemists do well in examinations: 68% of finalists were awarded a First Class degree in the last four years.
"Those candidates who performed best were able to think through a suitable approach to the problems ... and apply their existing knowledge and understanding to come to a reasonable conclusion (not necessarily the 'correct' solution to the problem)."