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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...

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. The latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise confirmed that Oxford Chemistry has the highest “power rating” (breadth and depth of science) in the UK.

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...

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Energy at Oxford Chemistry
Oxford Synthesis Connections
Drug Discovery Oxford
Oxford Catalysis Network

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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...

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...

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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 DPhil Thesis Commendation DPhil Thesis Commendation

DPhil student Anna Rydzik has been awarded a commendation for her thesis, making her the second Merton DPhil student to achieve this in the last three ........
Poster Prize at  EMBO Chemical Biology ConferencePoster Prize at EMBO Chemical Biology Conference

DPhil student Jacob Bush won the prize for best poster at the 2014 EMBO Chemical Biology Conference, at EMBL in Heidelberg. Jacob reported on his work ........
On the cover of the Journal of Chemical PhysicsOn the cover of the Journal of Chemical Physics

Research by the Doye group has featured on the cover of the Journal of Chemical Physics. The article considers possible mechanisms for the heterogeneous ........
DPhil research recognised by Diamond PhD AwardDPhil research recognised by Diamond PhD Award

Matt Cliffe, a final-year DPhil student in the Goodwin Group, has been selected as runner up in this year’s Diamond PhD Investigator Award on the basis ........
Poster Prize for Karolina KorzyckaPoster Prize for Karolina Korzycka

Congratulations to third year D.Phil. student Karolina Korzycka who was awarded the Chemical Science Poster Prize at the conference "Challenges in Organic ........
Thesis commendation for Krishna SharmaThesis commendation for Krishna Sharma

Krishna Sharma a M.Sc. (by Research) student in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Martin D. Smith, has just passed his final viva examination ........
Poster Prize for SabinePoster Prize for Sabine

DPhil student Sabine Richert has won the poster prize at the 2014 IUPAC photochemistry meeting in Bordeaux. Sabine reported on her EPR work of supramolecular ........

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SBMProspective Synthetic Chemistry DPhil Students: Oxford Chemistry has 20 funded DPhil positions available via the new EPSRC CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine (SBM CDT). Please visit the website for more details and how to apply.

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 encourage fellowship applications from outstanding individuals who are at a career stage where a prestigious 5 year fellowship would offer the opportunity to develop their independent research identity and become a chemistry research leader of the future.

If you are interested in applying for any 5 year early career research fellowship to be hosted at Oxford Chemistry, the next deadline to submit an expression of interest to the Department is Wednesday 8th Oct 2014 further details. There is an expression of interest deadline each academic term.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena SWANThe Department is delighted to announce that it has been granted an Athena SWAN bronze 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.

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