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The 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 11.15 am in weeks 1, 2 and 4 of Trinity Term in the Main Lecture Theatre in the PTCL, more info.

Associate Professorship (or Professorship) of Theoretical Organic Chemistry with Tutorial Fellowship at Hertford College 

Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor (or Professor) of Theoretical Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. The successful candidate will also be appointed to a Tutorial Fellowship at Hertford College.

We wish to appoint a candidate whose research interests involve applying advanced modelling and computational methods to understanding organic reactions (mechanism and stereocontrol) and/or use of computational methods in planning synthesis.

Grade 30S: Salary: Combined University and college salary from £46,336 to £62,219 p.a. (plus benefits).
Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 31 March 2018 can be considered. Further details

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Poster Prize for Jeroen SapPoster Prize for Jeroen Sap

Congratulations to Jeroen Sap for winning an poster presentation prize at the 17th Annual RSC Fluorine Subject Group Postgraduate Meeting, held at the University of Leicester. Jeroen is a first year DPhil student in the Gouverneur group funded by the
Poster Prize for Thomas WilsonPoster Prize for Thomas Wilson

Congratulation to Thomas Wilson for winning a poster prize at the 6th UKPET Chemistry Conference held in Hull (September 2017). Thomas, a Cancer Research UK funded DPhil student in the Gouverneur group, presented his work on the 18F labelling of unmodified
Presentation Prze for Stephen HydePresentation Prze for Stephen Hyde

Congratulations to Stephen Hyde for winning an oral presentation prize at the 17th Annual RSC Fluorine Subject Group Postgraduate Meeting, held at the University of Leicester. Stephen is a third year DPhil student in the Gouverneur group funded by the
Poster Prize for Leah Taylor-KearneyPoster Prize for Leah Taylor-Kearney

Congratulations to Leah Taylor-Kearney for winning a prize for her poster at the N-Term2017 meeting in Halle, Germany (11-13 Sept). Leah is a joint D.Phil. student between the Flashman group (Chemistry) and Rickaby group (Earth Sciences), and presented
Poster Prize for Mireia SideraPoster Prize for Mireia Sidera

Mireia Sidera, a postdoc in the Fletcher group was awarded the EURJOC poster prize in the 26th International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry congress held in Regensburg in September 2017 on her work entitled "Asymmetric Cross-couplings using Racemic
Poster Prize for Sarah MorrowPoster Prize for Sarah Morrow

Sarah Morrow (bottom right), a third year PhD student in the Fletcher group, won a poster prize at the XVIII International Conference on the Origin of Life, hosted at the University of California, San Diego, in July. Her poster was entitled “Physical
Revolutionary process could signal new era for gene synthesisRevolutionary process could signal new era for gene synthesis

Gene synthesis is a vital research tool with real-world applications in everything from growing transplantable organs to developing treatments for cancer. In a new study in Nature Chemistry, scientists at the University of Southampton, in collaboration
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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 Universtiy'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.

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...

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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