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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

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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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JACS paper highlighted on cover and JACS Spotlight JACS paper highlighted on cover and JACS Spotlight

Research by Professor Bill David and DPhil student Josh Makepeace, along with coworkers at the ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, has been ........
Skinner Prize for best poster presentationSkinner Prize for best poster presentation

Will Peng has won the Skinner Prize for the best poster presentation at the RSC Faraday Discussion 175: Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Nanoparticles, ........
Roche Public's Choice AwardRoche Public's Choice Award

Congratulations to Laura Jennings from the Conway Group who won the Roche Public's Choice Award for her talk at the EFMC 1st Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium. ........
ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine ChemistryACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry

Professor Véronique Gouverneur is the recipient of an ACS 2015 National Award. The award is the ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry sponsored ........
2014 Organometallics Young Investigator Fellowship2014 Organometallics Young Investigator Fellowship

Jose Goicoechea has been elected one of eight 2014 Organometallics Young Investigator Fellows by the American Chemical Society. The award was presented ........
On the Cover of RSC ChemCommOn the Cover of RSC ChemComm

A collaboration between Andrew Seal (ISIS Spallation Neutron Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) and Peter Edwards has been highlighted on the cover ........
 DPhil Thesis Commendation DPhil Thesis Commendation

DPhil student Anna Rydzik has been awarded a commendation for her thesis, making her the second Merton DPhil student to achieve this in the last three ........

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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.

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.

External Graduate Open Day for candidates interested in Organic Chemistry / Chemical Biology and Synthesis for Biology and Medicine CDT will be held on Tuesday, 11th November 2014. For more information please click here.

The launch of the new EPSRC CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine

The launch of the new EPSRC CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine that took place on 6th October 2014 brought Oxford Chemistry academics and industrial partners together to celebrate this outstanding collaboration. At this event we also celebrated a major upgrade to the Department’s core analytical instrumentation through a £ 1.3 million grant from the EPSRC Core Capability for Chemistry Research call.
The agenda included an afternoon symposium with excellent presentations from key Oxford Chemistry researchers, followed by a drinks reception and dinner at Hertford College. This was overall a very successful event, with high praise from the Vice-Chancellor Prof Andrew Hamilton and the Head of Department Prof Tim Softley. See more photos from the event.

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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