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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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Nearly Electrolyte-Free VoltammetryNearly Electrolyte-Free Voltammetry

Researchers in the Compton Group have developed a simple and efficient way to prepare ultra-low conductivity water for use in electrochemical experiments. CO2 dissolution in water has a large impact on its conductivity - within tens of seconds after
Microwaving CokeMicrowaving Coke

Many industrial petrochemical reactions are carried out over zeolite-based catalysts. The build-up of hydrocarbon side-products (coke) on zeolite catalysts leads to their deactivation and is a ubiquitous problem in the petrochemical and energy transformation
Learning from Nature at the Curiosity Carnival 2017Learning from Nature at the Curiosity Carnival 2017

Members of the Vincent group brought their research to Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival on Friday September 29th. Part of European Researcher’s Night, the first-ever Curiosity Carnival was designed to explain research through fun, interactive learning,
AstraZeneca-sponsored Final Year D.Phil. SymposiumAstraZeneca-sponsored Final Year D.Phil. Symposium

The AstraZeneca-sponsored Final Year D.Phil. Symposium was held in the Chemistry Research Laboratory across two days this week. This annual event celebrates the strength and depth of graduate research in organic chemistry and chemical biology at Oxford
First paper from the UCB-Oxford Late Stage Functionalisation Group appears onlineFirst paper from the UCB-Oxford Late Stage Functionalisation Group appears online

The Late Stage Functionalisation Project, a collaboration between UCB BioPharma and Oxford, has published its first paper “C–H Cyanation of 6-Ring N-Containing Heteroaromatics” in Chemistry – A European Journal. The transformation is achieved
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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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