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Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Open Day 2016

Graduate Open Day for candidates interested in DPhil in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry will be held on Tuesday, 22nd November. The day will include presentations about research opportunities and graduate procedures, a poster session, a tour of the department and an Oxford College, plus more. Please email: (please write PTC OPEN DAY in the subject line of your email) if you would like to register.

2016 TMCS Open Day

Our 2016 Open Day will take place in Oxford on November 15th. Come to find out more about the TMCS CDT, see our facilities and meet current TMCS students and scientists.

The 1916 Centenary Campaign

As we celebrate the centenary of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory and build new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, we are pleased to announce the launch of the 1916 Centenary Campaign. Find out here how you can support the project and dedicate a crucial part of the new labs.

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John Weil Young Investigator AwardJohn Weil Young Investigator Award

Dr Claudia Tait, who undertook her DPhil work in CAESR, has been awarded the prestigious John Weil Young Investigator Award by the International ESR Society for the work conducted during her doctorate studies in the Timmel group. Her research mainly
Industry Fellowship for Tom FlemingIndustry Fellowship for Tom Fleming

Tom Fleming, DPhil Student in the Synthesis for Biology & Medicine Centre for Doctoral Training, has received a prestigious Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission of 1851 for his research on ways to improve chemotherapy treatments . The fellowships
Science paper highlighted in C&ENScience paper highlighted in C&EN

Work from the Ben Davis group on radical methods for protein modification has been published as a Research Article in Science. The work, performed in collaboration with the Baldwin, Claridge, Kessler and Mohammed groups, uses an introduced dehydroalanine
Best Short TalkBest Short Talk

Congratulations to Shuyu Chu, a 3rd year DPhil student in Martin Smith’s group, who won the best short talk prize at the Royal Society of Chemistry Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group 31st Postgraduate Symposium in Nottingham. Shuyu’s talk described
New elements in graduate trainingNew elements in graduate training

A new article about the SBM CDT published on the MPLS website, entitled "New elements in graduate training”, describes how SBM CDT's innovative approach to graduate training is enabling the Department of Chemistry to build strong links with industry
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More Events in the Chemistry Calendar

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.

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 18th Jan 2017 further details. There is an expression of interest deadline each academic term.


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...

Alumni Magazine Periodic Sept 2016

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...


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...

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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...

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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