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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.

Professor Dame Carol Robinson has been named the 2015 European Laureate in 17th annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

Professor of Chemistry at University of Oxford, Robinson joins five exceptional women scientists from around the world, one from each continent, who will be recognised for their contribution to science at an awards ceremony, held at The Sorbonne in Paris on 18th March 2015. More...

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.

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On the cover of OrganometallicsOn the cover of Organometallics

A research paper by Sebastian Pike et. al. from the Professor Weller research group has been highlighted no the cover of the ACS journal Organometallics. The work shows the solid–gas catalysis of alkene hydrogenation by crystals of large anion protected ........
Mr Xiaofei Zhou wins Chinese government award Mr Xiaofei Zhou wins Chinese government award

Compton group D.Phil. student Mr Xiaofei Zhou wins Chinese government award for outstanding self-funded students abroad. An award ceremony was held at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in London on Friday April 24th for the 32 UK based winners ........
Oxford Science Blog highlights 'silly walks' researchOxford Science Blog highlights 'silly walks' research

Research by the Kukura group recently published in eLife was highlighted by the Oxford Science blog. The study describes the application of a new high-speed nanometric imaging technique to study how molecular motors move along actin filaments. The 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 work probes the structural properties of bulges in DNA duplexes, and the cover image represents a variety of DNA nanostructures in which this motif is used. ........
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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?

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network DiStruc*(Directed
Structure at the Mesoscale):
Two Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions are available at the University of Oxford to work with Prof. Dirk Aarts and Prof. Jonathan Doye respectively in the Physical and Theoretical
Chemistry Laboratory, as part of the DiStruc Network. More information.

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


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 Bronze Award

Athena SWAN bronze awardThe 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.


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

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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