St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research. EaStCHEM is an initiative that joins Scotland’s two top Research Schools for Chemistry, combining the research talents and facilities of the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews. The EaStCHEM Materials Chemistry
group is one the largest materials chemistry groups in the UK. Areas of strength include the design, synthesis and characterisation of strongly correlated electronic materials, battery and fuel cell
materials and devices, porous solids, materials at extreme pressures and temperatures, polymer microarray technologies and technique development for materials and nanomaterials analysis.
St Andrews was a founding member of the European Network of Excellence; contract SES6-CT2003-503532, which led to the creation of ALISTORE ERI. The group has expertise in the synthesis and characterisation of new electrode materials for lithium-ion and sodium-ion cells including nanomaterials, particularly using diffraction methods.