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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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Women in Science SeriesWomen in Science Series

Professor Angela Russell is currently featured on Oxford ScienceBlog’s Women in Science series. She was interviewed about her career in science and entrepreneurship as part of International Women in Science Day 2017. As Associate Professor of Organic
RSC/SCI Retrosynthesis Competition 2017: 3rd PrizeRSC/SCI Retrosynthesis Competition 2017: 3rd Prize

Jonathan Golec, Jessica Reynolds, Richard Surgenor and Jimmy Wang won the 3rd prize at the 4th National Retrosynthesis Competition 2017. The 1st year SBM CDT students presented their route to Eucalrobusone D in London last Friday. Ten teams were selected
RSC Poster Book Prize: Advances in Drug Discovery 2017RSC Poster Book Prize: Advances in Drug Discovery 2017

Congratulations to Moses Moustakim (3rd SBM CDT student) for winning a prize for his poster entitled ‘Discovery of a PCAF Bromodomain Chemical Probe’. This prize was awarded at the Advances in Drug Discovery conference on 7th March at the Wellcome
MPLS Division Thesis CommendationMPLS Division Thesis Commendation

DPhil student Martine Abboud, St John’s College, has been awarded a thesis commendation from the MPLS Division. Her work focused on the use of a wide range of ligand-observe and protein-observe NMR techniques, and other biophysical methods, to study
Nature Chemistry PaperNature Chemistry Paper

A new catalyst for hydro-deoxygenation of biomass derived molecules to compounds of higher energy content based on Co atom doped single molecular layer MoS2 without any loss of sulphur in H2 is shown by Tsang group in collaboration with Oxford Materials.
Susan Perkin's research picked as Editors's Suggestion in PRLSusan Perkin's research picked as Editors's Suggestion in PRL

Packing of big and small particles into confined space, such as packing of oranges and apples together in a box, undergoes a sharp transition in packing repeat distance when the fraction of big and small particles crosses a threshold. Recent experiments
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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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