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Shell2017 Hinshelwood Lectures

Bioinspired Materials: When Chemistry meets Biology, Optics & Surface Science delivered by Professor Joanna Aizenberg from Harvard University

The lectures, sponsored by Shell, will  be held at 11.15 am in weeks 2, 3 and 4 of Trinity Term in the Main Lecture Theatre in the PTCL. 
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RSCRSC Inorganic Synthesis Symposium

26 April 2017 13:45-17:45

Talks by Jamie Hicks (Reaxys Ph.D. prize winner); Guy Bertrand (UC San Diego) – Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award; Richard Winpenny (University of Manchester) – Ludwig Mond Award; Catherine Cazin (Ghent University) – Chemistry of Transition Metals Award; George Christou (University of Florida) – Nyholm Prize for Inorganic Chemistry More info

The 1916 Centenary Campaign

As we celebrate the centenary of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory and build new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, we are pleased to announce the launch of the 1916 Centenary Campaign. Find out here how you can support the project and dedicate a crucial part of the new labs.

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2017 Malcolm Green Lecture; Jean-Pierre Sauvage2017 Malcolm Green Lecture; Jean-Pierre Sauvage

Jean-Pierre Sauvage (University of Strasbourg) delivered the 2017 Malcolm Green Lecture on Friday the 21st of April in the ICL lecture theatre. His lecture, “From Chemical Topology to Molecular Machines”, highlighted his seminal contributions to
On the Cover of Nature ChemistryOn the Cover of Nature Chemistry

Research developed by a team led by Hagan Bayley and Dek Woolfson (University of Bristol) has been featured on the cover of Nature Chemistry. The cover image shows a synthetic transmembrane pore — formed by the self-assembly of alpha-helical peptides.
BCA Poster Prizes for Laura and JamesBCA Poster Prizes for Laura and James

Congratulations to Part II students Laura Fenwick and James Walker who both won poster prizes awarded by the Chemical Crystallography Group of the British Crystallographic Association at the Annual Spring Meeting in Lancaster. Laura’s poster “Measuring
Oxford student creates a synthetic retina Oxford student creates a synthetic retina

Soft materials and proteins hold out hope for retinal disease. Vanessa Restrepo-Schild DPhil in the Bayley group has created a synthetic retina that can detect grey-scale images and moving objects. The tissues are made of a 4x4 gel-array with artificial
MPLS Division Thesis CommendationMPLS Division Thesis Commendation

Lukas Pfeifer, a DPhil student from Véronique Gouverneur’s group, has been awarded a commendation by the MPLS division for his thesis entitled “New Methods and Reagents for Carbon–Fluorine Bond Formation”. After completing his undergraduate
First prize for Allegra Franchino at the 28th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic ChemistryFirst prize for Allegra Franchino at the 28th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry

Allegra Franchino, a Marie Curie PhD student (OxIOSCR project) in the Dixon group, has been awarded the first prize for her talk on “asymmetric catalysis for the activation of functionalised isonitriles” at the 28th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium
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TMCSProspective doctoral students in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry: funded positions are available via the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences (TMCS). Please see the TMCS website for further details, including how to apply.

Early and mid-Career Research Fellowships

The Department seeks to support fellowship applications from outstanding individuals who are at a career stage where a prestigious independent fellowship would offer the opportunity to develop their research identity and become a chemistry research leader of the future.

If you are interested in applying for any early career research fellowship to be hosted at Oxford Chemistry you must submit an expression of interest to the Department, the next deadline for submission is 26th April 2017 further details can be found here. For more information please contact Katherine Rooke.

Athena SWAN Silver Award Sept 2015

Athena SWAN bronze awardThe Department is delighted to announce that it has been granted an Athena SWAN silver award. The award recognizes the Department's commitment to addressing gender inequalities, to tackling the unequal representation of women in science, and to improving career progression for female academics.. more.

Back from the Dead

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the first human trials of penicillin. As news stories announcing antibiotic apocalypses and new superbugs grow, Back from the Dead, a new special exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University, charts the miraculous and precarious history of penicillin from the trials in the 1940s to the present day.


Teaching: Oxford Chemistry offers world-class teaching, consistently rated among the best in the UK. Students study a four-year course, a unique feature of which is spending their final year working full-time on a project with some of the leading researchers in the UK. more...

Alumni Magazine Periodic Sept 2016

Outreach: Engaging schools and the wider community in chemistry and science is an important activity for academic staff and students in the Department. Oxford Chemistry regularly hosts visits and events within the Department and takes part in local and national activities to demonstrate chemistry’s central role in everyday life. more...


Research: Oxford is one of the leading chemistry research departments in the world with around 80 academic staff carrying out international-level research, and an annual research income of around £15 million. According to the outcome of the REF 2014 assessment published Dec 18th 2014, 49% of the research profile submitted by Oxford Chemistry was regarded as 4* world-leading quality. The Department has not only the highest volume of 4* research of any UK Chemistry department- by some margin - but was also judged to have the top research environment. The Impact of the department’s research outside academia is also highly rated with over 55% in the 4* category.

The Department is currently engaged in a number of innovative themes of work including: Catalysis; Sustainable Energy Chemistry; Advanced functional materials; Synthesis; Interfacial Science; Innovative Measurement and photon science; Chemistry at the interface with biology and medicine; Kinetics, dynamics and mechanism; Theory and modelling of complex systems more...

EU Funded Training Centres:

Facilities: The department contains several small research facilities (SRFs), which are dedicated suites of equipment run by experts who aid in experimental design and optimisation. These facilities are some of the best equipped in the country, supporting chemical research and providing analysis for students within the Chemistry department, other departments within the University and industry alike. more...

Commercialisation: The Department has an unrivalled track record in protecting and commercialising the innovative work of research staff. Over £80 million in cash has been raised for the University as a result of spin out activities from research carried out by Oxford chemists. more...

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