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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...

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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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Two recent "hot papers' from the Martin Smith group have recently been published in Angewandte Chemie. The first paper features a concise asymmetric synthesis ........
RSC thesis prizeRSC thesis prize

Matthew Langton (Beer group) has been awarded the inaugural RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group Thesis Award for best PhD thesis. His thesis ........
Hot article in Chemistry-A European JournalHot article in Chemistry-A European Journal

A recent paper based on work by Nick Phillips in the Aldridge group has been chosen as a ‘hot article’ by the editors of Chemistry-A European Journal. ........
Periodic Magazine 2014Periodic Magazine 2014

The 2014 edition of Periodic Magazine highlights research, spin-outs, crystallography, unusual chemistry careers, and some of the ways in which Oxford ........
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Research by Andreas Bachmeier, Bonnie Murphy, and Fraser Armstrong has been highlighted as JACS Spotlight. Their paper advances the artificial photosynthesis ........
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The research work by Benjamin R. Mullaney, Dr. Amber L. Thompson and Prof. Paul D. Beer has been highlighted on the inside cover of Angewandte Chemie ........

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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.

A TMCS Open Day will be held in Oxford on Thursday, 27th November. All prospective applicants are welcome. Further details, including how to register, can be found on the TMCS website.

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.

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 14th Jan 2015 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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