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The 2016 Hinshelwood Lectures

by Professor Ken A Dill (Stony Brook University)

Statistical Physical Chemistry in Biology: Where Boltzmann meets Darwin

The lectures, sponsored by Shell, will be held at 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in weeks 2, 3 and 4 of Hilary term (from 26th Jan) in the Main Lecture Theatre in the PTCL. more

ERCSuccess for Oxford Chemistry Researchers in latest ERC Starter Grant Round The Department was delighted to hear that both Professor Susan Perkin (PTCL) and Dr Akane Kawamura (Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow  / BHF CRE research fellow in Organic Chemistry and Radcliffe Department of Medicine) have been awarded research grants from the European Research Council in the latest round of applications. These prestigious and valuable (>€1.5M) awards are extremely competitive with only ~330 of 2920 applications funded across Europe in this round.

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. More info and designs - Oct 2015

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Outstanding Student PaperOutstanding Student Paper

Xian Du's presentation at the 14th International Conference on Clean Energy 2015 (ICCE 2015) held in Saskatoon, has been awarded the Outstanding Student Paper. The presentation was titled: THERMODYNAMIC ANALYSIS AND EXPERIMENTAL VALIDATION OF DRY REFORMING ........
Pershing Square Graduate ScholarshipPershing Square Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Bobojon Nazarov for being awarded a Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship. Bobojon is currently researching the mechanisms underlying cardiac disease with the aim of improving drug therapies through his DPhil in Systems Approaches ........
Wiley Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Practical Prizes 2015Wiley Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Practical Prizes 2015

Four chemistry students were honoured for their practical work in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Part II Open Day and Wine Reception, sponsored by Wiley. The winning students were Noah Miller (1st year St ........
AstraZeneca Sponsored 3rd Year DPhil SymposiumAstraZeneca Sponsored 3rd Year DPhil Symposium

Congratulations to the four third year DPhil prize winning students who were rewarded for their presentations over the two-day organic symposium. The winners of prizes sponsored by AstrazZeneca were Marius Myreng Haugland (Ed Anderson), Manjeet Majhail ........
​BFWG Kathleen Hall Fellowship​BFWG Kathleen Hall Fellowship

Congratulations to Anne Makena, 2015 winner of the Kathleen Hall Fellowship from the British Federation for Women Graduates. Anne is a DPhil student in the Schofield group and a Rhodes Scholar at Somerville College. Her research explores the structural ........
The 2015 Katritzky Lecture by Roger Y. TsienThe 2015 Katritzky Lecture by Roger Y. Tsien

Presenting to a full ICL Lecture Theatre - and an 'overflow' audience in the Abbotts Kitchen - on Tuesday 10th November, Chemistry Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien ForMemRS gave a stunning 2015 Katritzky Lecture entitled "Molecules against cancer or for long-term ........
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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.

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 27th April 2016 further details. There is an expression of interest deadline each academic term.

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.

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. 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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