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ShellThe 2018 Hinshelwood Lectures

Professor Lydéric Bocquet from École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Soft Interfaces: A Journey Across Scales

The series of six lectures will be held at 2pm in weeks 1, 2 and 4 of Trinity Term in the Main Lecture Theatre in the ICL, more info.

Athena SWAN Silver Award

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.

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Exciting interim data from Summit's PhaseOut DMD clinical trialExciting interim data from Summit's PhaseOut DMD clinical trial

Summit Therapeutics plc, an Oxford spin-out company based on pioneering work by Professor Steve Davies, Professor Angela Russell and Professor Dame Kay Davies (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics; DPAG) has announced that its candidate drug,
Best talk award for Jutta ToscanoBest talk award for Jutta Toscano

Jutta Toscano, a DPhil student in the Heazlewood group, won the best talk award at the recent Spectroscopy and Dynamics Group (SDG) meeting in Durham. Jutta spoke about her work on “Making a pure beam of radicals”. The 2018 annual meeting of the
Andrew Goodwin and Philipp Kukura honoured in Blavatnik Awards for Young ScientistsAndrew Goodwin and Philipp Kukura honoured in Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Professors Andrew Goodwin and Philipp Kukura are among the winners of the Inaugural Blavatnik Awards for young scientists in the United Kingdom. The Awards, established by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and
Speaker Prize at the 11th Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Symposium for PostgraduatesSpeaker Prize at the 11th Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Symposium for Postgraduates

Oliver Coleman, 4th year DPhil student on the SBM CDT (AK & CJS groups), was selected as a speaker for the 11th Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Symposium for Postgraduates. At the event, organised by the RSC BMCS and hosted at the University of Cambridge
Professor Charlotte Williams wins outstanding achievement award in the field of catalytic scienceProfessor Charlotte Williams wins outstanding achievement award in the field of catalytic science

The UK catalysis hub has awarded Charlotte Williams the Sir John Meurig Thomas (JMT) Catalysis Medal for 2017. The award recognises the development of catalysts and applications in sustainable chemistry. Professor Williams was presented with the medal
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Open Access via ORA – the Oxford University Research Archive


ORA provides a home for Oxford's research outputs. Copyright-permitting, full-text copies of the University's publications are made available open access via ORA.

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 23rd May 2018 further details can be found here. For more information please contact the research facilitator staff.


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...

Periodic – the Department of Chemistry magazine.   Issue 5

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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