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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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President-Elect of the Royal Society of ChemistryPresident-Elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Dame Carol Robinson is President-Elect of the RSC for 2017-18. Carol’s work on mass spectrometry has attracted national and international recognition and she is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Anfinsen Award
1st TMCS symposium1st TMCS symposium

TMCS held their first annual symposium on 20-21st July in Oxford, delegates included students from all 3 cohorts, as well as industrial partners, advisory board members, academics and supervisors. The two days included presentations from cohort 1, guest
PRL Editors’ SuggestionPRL Editors’ Suggestion

Research from the Perkin group, reporting experiments and a scaling theory of screening in concentrated electrolytes, is highlighted as the Editors’ Suggestion in Physical Review Letters this week. The article was accompanied by an illustration designed
Poster Prize: Gemma TrottPoster Prize: Gemma Trott

Gemma Trott, a DPhil student in Charlotte Williams’ group, has been awarded a poster prize at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC) in conjunction with ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular
Oral presentation prize: Ben CloughOral presentation prize: Ben Clough

Congratulations to Dr Ben Clough (PDRA, Mountford group) for receiving an oral presentation prize and certificate at the recent RSC 3rd Southern Dalton Meeting in London for his lecture entitled “Synthesis and small molecule activation by the first
2017 BTM Willis Prize2017 BTM Willis Prize

This week saw the prestigious BTM Willis prize for outstanding neutron scattering science awarded to Dr Andrew Seel, from the University of Oxford and UCL. The prize is jointly awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics Neutron
2017 Biopharma Innovation Cup2017 Biopharma Innovation Cup

Two Oxford Alumni, Anna Rydzik (Schofield's group) and Wilian Cortopassi (Paton's group), got second prize (€ 5,000) in the 2017 Biopharma Innovation Cup organised by Merck KGaA, in Darmstadt, Germany. They were selected over more than 1400 applications
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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.

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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