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Dorothy Hodgkin Project

Women are significantly under-represented at senior levels in science. The Department of Chemistry and Somerville College are working together on the Dorothy Hodgkin Project to raise awareness and create a new fellowship for an outstanding chemist. more

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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The direct measurement of the surface energy of pristine graphene has been published in Nanoletters and has been listed on the front-page of Nanowerk. These measurements are a result of very close collaboration between Prof Perkin’s and Prof Grobert's
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology PaperNature Structural & Molecular Biology Paper

Research from Tom Brown’s group sheds new light on the mechanism by which the modified DNA base 5-formylcytosine is recognised by epigenetic reader and writer proteins. Work from DPhil student Jack Hardwick, Afaf El-Sagheer and collaborators at Harwell
Poster Prize: Jonathan MannouchPoster Prize: Jonathan Mannouch

Jonathan Mannouch, a member of Cohort 1, won a prize for his poster presentation: "Exciton Relaxation Dynamics in TT-Conjugated Polymer Systems" at the annual graduate student meeting of the RSC Theoretical Chemistry Group, which was held on 10th May
Oxford Sparks Animation for ChemistryOxford Sparks Animation for Chemistry

Working with Holly Reeve and Kylie Vincent, Oxford Sparks have created a new Youtube video titled "What can Chemists learn from nature?". The animation highlights that nature is full of chemicals – flavours, fragrances, medicines. Living systems have
RSC 2017 Dalton Emerging ResearcherRSC 2017 Dalton Emerging Researcher

Dr Alexander Hinz, currently a post-doc in the group of Professor Jose Goicoechea, was selected as the 2017 RSC Dalton Emerging Researcher for contributions to low-valent main group chemistry, specifically in the fields of p-block biradicaloids and multiply-bonded
RSC 2017 Corday-Morgan Prize RSC 2017 Corday-Morgan Prize

Professor Andrew Goodwin is the RSC Corday-Morgan Prize winner for 2017. This is awarded for the most meritorious contributions to chemistry. Professor Goodwin’s work focuses on a range of useful materials, including artificial muscles, pharmaceuticals,
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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 2nd August 2017 further details can be found here. For more information please contact Katherine Rooke.

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 2016

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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