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podcastNewton Abraham Lecture 2017

Professor Tadhg Begley (D. H. R. Barton Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University)

Newton Abraham Visiting Professor “The enzymology of thiamin (vitamin B1) metabolism: biosynthesis, degradation and a thiamin-based antimetabolite.” Please find a podcast of the lecture here


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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Poster Prize for Thomas WilsonPoster Prize for Thomas Wilson

Congratulation to Thomas Wilson for winning a poster prize at the 6th UKPET Chemistry Conference held in Hull (September 2017). Thomas, a Cancer Research UK funded DPhil student in the Gouverneur group, presented his work on the 18F labelling of unmodified
Presentation Prze for Stephen HydePresentation Prze for Stephen Hyde

Congratulations to Stephen Hyde for winning an oral presentation prize at the 17th Annual RSC Fluorine Subject Group Postgraduate Meeting, held at the University of Leicester. Stephen is a third year DPhil student in the Gouverneur group funded by the
Poster Prize for Leah Taylor-KearneyPoster Prize for Leah Taylor-Kearney

Congratulations to Leah Taylor-Kearney for winning a prize for her poster at the N-Term2017 meeting in Halle, Germany (11-13 Sept). Leah is a joint D.Phil. student between the Flashman group (Chemistry) and Rickaby group (Earth Sciences), and presented
Poster Prize for Mireia SideraPoster Prize for Mireia Sidera

Mireia Sidera, a postdoc in the Fletcher group was awarded the EURJOC poster prize in the 26th International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry congress held in Regensburg in September 2017 on her work entitled "Asymmetric Cross-couplings using Racemic
Poster Prize for Sarah MorrowPoster Prize for Sarah Morrow

Sarah Morrow (bottom right), a third year PhD student in the Fletcher group, won a poster prize at the XVIII International Conference on the Origin of Life, hosted at the University of California, San Diego, in July. Her poster was entitled “Physical
Revolutionary process could signal new era for gene synthesisRevolutionary process could signal new era for gene synthesis

Gene synthesis is a vital research tool with real-world applications in everything from growing transplantable organs to developing treatments for cancer. In a new study in Nature Chemistry, scientists at the University of Southampton, in collaboration
Professor Ben Davis elected as a member of Academia EuropeeaProfessor Ben Davis elected as a member of Academia Europeea

Academia Europaea was founded in 1988 and is a European, non-governmental association acting as an Academy. It has just over 3700 members including leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics,
#GetBrianToOxford Victory#GetBrianToOxford Victory

You may have seen media coverage about Brian White, who has been offered an undergraduate place to read Chemistry at Oxford, but whose immigration status did not permit him to take up this place, even though he had been adopted by a UK family. We are
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Open Access via ORA – the Oxford University Research Archive


ORA provides a home for Oxford's research outputs. Copyright-permitting, full-text copies of the Universtiy's publications are made available open access via ORA.

Organic Chemistry Open Day 2017: If you are thinking of applying to Oxford for a DPhil in Organic Chemistry or Chemical Biology, please join us on the Fri 27th October for our Open Day. The day will consist of introductory talks, a summary a summary of application procedures, informal talks with potential research supervisors, and much more! If you would like to attend please register here

2017 TMCS Open Day Our 2017 Open Day will take place in Oxford on November 10th.Come to find out more about the TMCS CDT, see our facilities and meet current TMCS students and scientists.Deadline for registration: Tuesday 7th NovemberFurther information and registration

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.

Early and mid-Career Research Fellowships

The Department seeks to support fellowship applications from outstanding individuals who are at a career stage where a prestigious independent fellowship would offer the opportunity to develop their research identity and become a chemistry research leader of the future.

If you are interested in applying for any early career research fellowship to be hosted at Oxford Chemistry you must submit an expression of interest to the Department, the next deadline for submission is 8th November 2017 further details can be found here. For more information please contact the research facilitator staff.

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.


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 2017

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...

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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