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Professor Tom Brown wins
BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2016

Tom BrownProfessor Tom Brown has won the BBSRC’s Innovator of the Year competition for his high impact serial entrepreneurship in DNA chemistry and outstanding commitment to innovation. The award was announced on May 18th at the BBSRC Fostering Innovation event in London. Professor Brown also won the Commercial Innovator category.

The Innovator of the Year Award celebrates individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research to help address real world challenges. Research in the Brown Group is interdisciplinary, focusing on nucleic acid chemistry and its applications in other fields including DNA diagnostics, forensic science and nanotechnology. more

Record £16.9M Oxford spin-out designing stem cell drugs to treat age-related disease

OxStem

OxStem, an Oxford spin-out founded by Prof. Steve Davies, Prof. Angela Russell and Prof. Dame Kay Davies (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics), has raised a record £16.9M to develop small molecule drug candidates to treat age-related conditions including cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and heart failure. The company has formed strategic partnerships with Human Longevity Inc. and CEO Dr J Craig Venter together with Mr Bob Duggan and Dr. Mahkam Zanganeh (former CEO & Chairman and Chief Operating Officer respectively) of Pharmacyclics that was sold last year to Abbvie for US$21 billion. Other individual investors, together with Oxford Science Innovation, will enable OxStem to fund the development of a series of daughter companies - each with a focus on a different large unmet therapeutic need. The majority of the £16.9M is expected to be used to fund joint projects between the Department of Chemistry and other Departments across Oxford over the next three years. more

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2016 Awards and Prizes from the
Royal Society of Chemistry

RSC Awards 2016

The Department is delighted to annouce that six of our academic staff have been recogized by the Royal Society of Chemistry for 2016 Prizes and Awards. They are Professor Peter Bruce (Liversidge Award), Professor Véronique Gouverneur (Tilden Prize), Professor Peter Hore (Interdisciplinary Prize), Professor Dermot O’Hare (Tilden Prize), Professor Susan Perkin (Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize) and Professor Andrew Weller (Frankland Award).

Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

Bill DavidProfessor Bill David is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. Bill David is distinguished as a leader in the experimental, computational and theoretical development of neutron and X-ray powder diffraction techniques, and has made substantial contributions across a broad range of materials research from lithium batteries and high-temperature superconductors to fullerenes and pharmaceutical compounds. He has pioneered the field of time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction and is a key figure in establishing powder diffraction as a routine technique for the structure determination of molecular compounds. His materials research focuses on low-carbon chemical energy storage with the discovery of new hydrogen storage systems and the development of ammonia as an energy vector.

 

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ISACS19 Chemistry World Poster Prize for Aubert RibaucourtISACS19 Chemistry World Poster Prize for Aubert Ribaucourt

Congratulations to Aubert Ribaucourt, a student on the OxIOSCR Marie Curie Innovative Doctoral Programme and member of the Hodgson group, for winning the Chemistry World Poster Prize at the 19th International Symposium on Advancing the Chemical Sciences: ........
Award for Process Chemistry ResearchAward for Process Chemistry Research

Professor Michael Willis was awarded the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Syngenta 2015 award for Process Chemistry Research. As part of the award he delivered a lecture at the recent 33rd SCI Process Development Symposium held at Churchill College, Cambridge. ........
An autonomous molecular assembler for programmable chemical synthesisAn autonomous molecular assembler for programmable chemical synthesis

The research groups of Andrew Turberfield in Physics and Ben Davis and Tom Brown in Chemistry have published a paper in Nature Chemistry describing a DNA nano-machine that carries out programmed molecular assembly. The machine directs a cascade of controlled ........
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More Events in the Chemistry Calendar

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.

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 July 20th 2016 further details. There is an expression of interest deadline each academic term.

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.

ConferenceOxford Synthesis Summer Conference
11-12 August 2016

The inaugural national forum for synthetic chemistry graduate students is taking place in Oxford this summer. We have a fantastic line-up of internationally renowned speakers, who will tell the stories behind their world-leading research careers, and the journey to where they are today.

Chemistry at Tinbergen

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. More info and designs - Oct 2015

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Alumni Magazine Periodic Sept 2015

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...

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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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