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REF 2014: Oxford Chemistry has highest volume of world-leading research in the UK 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.

HEFCE has awarded the Department of Chemistry £5M to help fund the building of a new undergraduate teaching laboratory. This award was part of £200 million funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching capital projects during 2015-16 by the Government.

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 September 2015 further details. There is an expression of interest deadline each academic term.

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Silver Athena SWAN awardSilver Athena SWAN award

The department is delighted to announce that the Department of Chemistry was successful in its application for its Silver Athena SWAN award. This was the only Silver awarded to an MPLS department in this round of applications. The Athena SWAN programme ........
Top 2 for University of OxfordTop 2 for University of Oxford

The UK has 34 universities in the Times Higher Education ranking of the world's top 200 institutions. Oxford climbs to second place, while Cambridge and Imperial College London also make the top 10 in fourth and eighth places respectively. The tables ........
New TMCS CDT 2015 cohortNew TMCS CDT 2015 cohort

TMCS second cohort have arrived and attended a welcome afternoon on 30th September, to meet the leadership team and have an informal induction. The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training aim is to transform PhD training in theoretical and computational chemistry, ........
'Hot paper' in Angewandte Chemie'Hot paper' in Angewandte Chemie

A recently accepted article by Jesus Campos and Simon Aldridge has been designated as a 'hot paper' by the editors of Angewandte Chemie. The manuscript outlines a boron analogue of the Negishi coupling for C-B bond formation, via a bench-top protocol ........
MSc passes for TMCS StudentsMSc passes for TMCS Students

All 11 members of the first TMCS cohort have successfully passed the MSc in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, as the culmination of their year-1 training. Four members of the cohort achieved distinctions: Dom Fijan, Jonathan Mannouch, Tim Naginey ........
2015 Reaxys PhD Prize2015 Reaxys PhD Prize

Andrew Jupp, who is carrying out his DPhil with Jose Goicoechea, has recently been announced as one of the three winners of the 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize. The final was held in Hong Kong, where the nine shortlisted finalists had to succinctly describe their ........
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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. Why Choose SBM?

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. OPEN DAY 19th November 2015

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Awards 2015

Green Impact

At the Awards Ceremony hosted by William James (Pro-VC for Planning and Resources) in the Weston Library on Wednesday 17th June, the Department received the Gold Award; our Laboratories received the Silver Award; and Sue Henderson received the Environmental Hero Award from the Vice Chancellor. These awards were the result of the hard work done over the past year within the Department to develop a community which takes environmental sustainability seriously and is working to support University targets.


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...

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...

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.


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 (2014) 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...

Recent Research Website additons:

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...

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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