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podcastNewton Abraham Lecture 2017

Professor Tadhg Begley (D. H. R. Barton Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University)

Newton Abraham Visiting Professor “The enzymology of thiamin (vitamin B1) metabolism: biosynthesis, degradation and a thiamin-based antimetabolite.” Please find a podcast of the lecture here


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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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.
Dalton Transactions Poster Prize for Christopher Wright at Southern Dalton Meeting 2015Dalton Transactions Poster Prize for Christopher Wright at Southern Dalton Meeting 2015

Congratulations to Christopher Wright, from the Professor Dermot O'Hare group for winning a poster prize at the Southern Dalton Meeting 2015 in Brighton for his poster on "Well-defined tungsten catalysts for selective ethylene oligomerisation". The Southern
Congratulations to Alavi-Mandell award winnerCongratulations to Alavi-Mandell award winner

Dr Rebekka Hueting has recently been given the Alavi-Mandell award for the publication of an article in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine entitled 'A Comparison of the Behaviour of 64 Cu-acetate and 64 Cu-ATSM in vitro and in vivo' The award is given to
Nature Chemistry paper highlighted in SynformNature Chemistry paper highlighted in Synform

Work from Martin Smith and Robert Paton’s groups on the catalytic enantioselective synthesis of indanes, which was recently published in Nature Chemistry ( has been highlighted in Synform. The article describes the development
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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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