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A mini-symposium

Week 7 - Mon. 26th February, starting at 2pm in the PTCL lecture theatre

Prof Scott Prosser, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Jeremy Knowles Award
“How do protein dynamics contribute to catalysis and function?”

Prof Warren Warren, Duke University
Liversidge Award
“New Directions in Chemistry and Physics Improve Modern Molecular Imaging”

Prof Doug Tobias, University of California, Irvine
Soft Matter & Biophysical Chemistry Award
“Simulation studies of protein interactions and organization in crowded solutions”

Prof Stephan Rauschenbach, University of Oxford
“High Resolution Imaging of Individual Macromolecules and their Assemblies via Preparative Mass Spectrometry”

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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Highlighted in Angewandte ChemieHighlighted in Angewandte Chemie

A ‘Hot Paper' by Leon Harrington from the Hagan Bayley group has been featured on the inside cover of Angewandte Chemie. The paper describes a nanopore-based label-free kinase inhibitor assay, which was developed in collaboration with Stefan Knapp’s
ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty AwardACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Prof. Robert Paton receives an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the Computers in Chemistry (COMP) division of the American Chemical Society and OpenEye Scientific Software. The ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award provides $1,000
Prize at CatSlam competition, TU BerlinPrize at CatSlam competition, TU Berlin

Tom Lonsdale in the Vincent group won second prize in CatSlam 2015 at the Technical University of Berlin for his ‘slam’ on hydrogen-driven biocatalysis. Competitors were asked to teach catalysis to a non-expert audience via creative presentations.
On the cover of Asian Journal of Organic ChemistryOn the cover of Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry

Edward J. Emmett and Michael C. Willis review has been highlighted on the cover of this month's Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry. The paper discusses the development of a number of different sulfur dioxide surrogates and show how they have been used
2015 Hofmann Distinguished Lecture Imperial College London2015 Hofmann Distinguished Lecture Imperial College London

Professor Peter Edwards has given the 21st Hofmann Distinguished Lectur at Imperial College, London on the 23rd June 2015. Peter gave a talk titled 'The Electron in Solution". August Wilhelm von Hofmann was the founding Professor of the Royal College
Highlighted in Chemistry, a European JournalHighlighted in Chemistry, a European Journal

Hot Paper by Dr. Vicente Martí-Centelles and Prof. Paul Beer has been featured on the inside cover of Chemistry, a European Journal. Nitrate recognition by a complementary designed interlocked host system. A [2]rotaxane consisting of a dicatonic acridine-based
Chemistry alumna Ruth Mastenbroek launches new ‘Oxford’ perfumeChemistry alumna Ruth Mastenbroek launches new ‘Oxford’ perfume

On 17 June perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek (Lady Margaret Hall, 1970) announced the launch of her new fragrance, OXFORD. Ruth read chemistry at Oxford and has drawn on her own experiences to create her new perfume. Ruth says ' Oxford is the scent of an
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Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Open Day 2017. If you are thinking of applying for a DPhil in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry, please join us for our Open Day on Tuesday, 21st November 2017. You will have a chance to learn about current research and meet potential supervisors, ask questions about the application procedures, see our facilities and visit one of the Oxford colleges. If you would like to attend, please register here.

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.

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 31st Jan 2018 further details can be found here. For more information please contact the research facilitator staff.

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.


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 2017

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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