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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

Oxford Chemistry has funded DPhil positions available via the new EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT)

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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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The 2014 MGMS Silver Jubilee Prize has been awarded to Dr Robert Paton. This award is made by the Molecular Graphics ........
Honorary degree for Professor Jean-Marie LehnHonorary degree for Professor Jean-Marie Lehn

Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1987 for his pioneering studies on the chemical basis of molecular recognition, ........
First Prize for Student LectureFirst Prize for Student Lecture

Emma Stuart, a 3rd year D.Phil. student in the Compton Group, jointly won first prize for a student lecture at the recent 10th ECHEMS international conference ........
JACS Paper highlighted as an Editor's Choice paperJACS Paper highlighted as an Editor's Choice paper

A research paper by Professor Bill David and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwel has been picked ........
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A review by John Brown, together with Spanish and Irish colleagues who were involved in the original discovery and applications of Quinap back in the ........
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The discovery by DPhil student Matthew Cliffe (Goodwin Group) that a hafnium-based metal-organic framework (MOF) can support correlated nanoscale defect ........
2014 Reaxys PhD Prize2014 Reaxys PhD Prize

Fabio Denis Romero who recently graduated from the Hayward group has been selected as one of 45 finalists for the 2014 Reaxys PhD Prize. As one of the ........

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Announcement of a New Research Fund

SCG Chemicals, Thailand have agreed to support short-term research projects (3-12 months) in the Department of Chemistry. For 2014/15 the SCG Innovation Fund (SIF) will be able support ten projects up to £10k each to pump prime speculative, adventurous and imaginative research within the Department.

The SCG Innovation Fund will be managed under the SCG-University of Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry (SCG CoE). Prof O’Hare is currently the Director of the SCG CoE, and he would be happy to assist PIs with their applications.

Full details of the SIF, the terms and conditions of awards and the application form

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 8th Oct 2014 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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