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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...

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 (2008) 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...

Recent Research Website additons:

Energy at Oxford Chemistry
Oxford Synthesis Connections
Drug Discovery Oxford
Oxford Catalysis Network

Oxford Chemistry has funded DPhil positions available via the new EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT)

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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...

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...

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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Lydia Gilday won a poster prize at the 1st International Symposium on Halogen Bonding (ISXB1) held in Porto Cesareo, Italy. Lydia's poster described ........
2014 Reaxys PhD Prize2014 Reaxys PhD Prize

Lydia Gilday, who undertook her DPhil with Paul Beer, has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Reaxys PhD prize. As one of the finalists, she will ........
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The BBC Radio 4 programme "The Life Scientific" has a 30 minute radio show about the career of Professor Dame Carol Robinson. Carol Robinson describes ........
ROX Structures published in NatureROX Structures published in Nature

Work led by Rashed Chowdhury from the Schofield group has recently led to the solution of multiple structures of ribosomal oxygenses (ROX) including ........
VIP article in Angewandte ChemieVIP article in Angewandte Chemie

A research paper from the Hayward Group, and collaborators in the Oxford Physics Department, has been published as a VIP article in Angewandte Chemie. ........
First PRize RSC Fluorine Group MeetingFirst PRize RSC Fluorine Group Meeting

Lukas Pfeifer, a second year student in the Gouverneur group won first prize for a student lecture at the recent RSC Fluorine Group Meeting that took ........
SCI ScholarshipSCI Scholarship

Tanatorn Khotavivattana, a first year D Phil student in the Gouverneur group won an SCI scholarship to study the radiolabelling of functional groups to ........

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Announcement of a New Research Fund

SCG Chemicals, Thailand have agreed to support short-term research projects (3-12 months) in the Department of Chemistry. For 2014/15 the SCG Innovation Fund (SIF) will be able support ten projects up to £10k each to pump prime speculative, adventurous and imaginative research within the Department.

The SCG Innovation Fund will be managed under the SCG-University of Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry (SCG CoE). Prof O’Hare is currently the Director of the SCG CoE, and he would be happy to assist PIs with their applications.

Full details of the SIF, the terms and conditions of awards and the application form

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 Wednesday 8th Oct 2014 further details. There is an expression of interest deadline each academic term.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena SWANThe Department is delighted to announce that it has been granted an Athena SWAN bronze 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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