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REF 2014: Oxford Chemistry has highest volume of world-leading research in the UK 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.

Chemistry at Tinbergen

HEFCE has awarded the Department of Chemistry £5M to help fund the building of a new undergraduate teaching laboratory. This award was part of £200 million funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching capital projects during 2015-16 by the Government.
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CHemistry at Tinbergen

Early and mid-Career Research Fellowships

The Department seeks to encourage fellowship applications from outstanding individuals who are at a career stage where a prestigious 5 year fellowship would offer the opportunity to develop their independent research identity and become a chemistry research leader of the future.

If you are interested in applying for any 5 year early career research fellowship to be hosted at Oxford Chemistry, the next deadline to submit an expression of interest to the Department is 20th January 2016 further details. There is an expression of interest deadline each academic term.

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Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Graduate OPEN DAYwill be held on Wednesday, 25th November.

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GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2015GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2015

GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2015 The Department of Chemistry was very pleased to welcome Dr Pan Procopiou to present the GlaxoSmithKline Prizes to the award winners: The GlaxoSmithKline Awards in Organic Chemistry Part II David Ascough – 1st prize ........
Scopus Young Researcher UK AwardScopus Young Researcher UK Award

Congratulations to Dr Michael Booth, 2015 winner of the Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology category in the Scopus Young Researcher UK Awards. A postdoctoral researcher in the Bayley Group and Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Michael’s ........
2016 John C Bailar Jr Medal2016 John C Bailar Jr Medal

Professor Fraser Armstrong was awarded the 2016 John C Bailar Jr Medal of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Bailar is regarded as the Father of Coordination Chemistry in the USA. I am lucky to join an international list of Inorganic Chemists, ........
Tetrahedron Chair 2016Tetrahedron Chair 2016

Prof. Veronique Gouverneur (University of Oxford, UK) has been awarded the Tetrahedron Chair 2016 and will deliver a One Day Course on a specific topic in organic synthesis during which both her own research and the results of other scientists will be ........
On the cover of ChemCatChemOn the cover of ChemCatChem

Research by Holly Reeve in the Vincent group has featured on the inside back cover of ChemCatChem. The Cover shows a new approach to biocatalysis involving enzymes on carbon particles as a heterogeneous catalyst for hydrogen-driven hydrogenations. In ........
Prof Benjamin G Davis wins 2016 Whistler AwardProf Benjamin G Davis wins 2016 Whistler Award

The International Carbohydrate Organization is very pleased to announce that the Roy L. Whistler Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry for 2016 has been awarded to Professor Benjamin G Davis. The Award will be presented at the International Carbohydrate Symposium ........
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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. OPEN DAY 19th November 2015

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.

NUS Green Impact (Oxford University)
Awards 2015

Green Impact

At the Awards Ceremony hosted by William James (Pro-VC for Planning and Resources) in the Weston Library on Wednesday 17th June, the Department received the Gold Award; our Laboratories received the Silver Award; and Sue Henderson received the Environmental Hero Award from the Vice Chancellor. These awards were the result of the hard work done over the past year within the Department to develop a community which takes environmental sustainability seriously and is working to support University targets.


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...

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...

Alumni Magazine Periodic Sept 2015

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. The latest (2014) Research Assessment Exercise confirmed that Oxford Chemistry has the highest “power rating” (breadth and depth of science) in the UK.

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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