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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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2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize

The Department is pleased to announce that Professor Susan Perkin has been awarded a 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize. The prize, which consists of £100,000 to advance the research of the winner, recognises outstanding researchers whose work has already
SABMiller and Bruker Undergradaute PrizesSABMiller and Bruker Undergradaute Prizes

Prof. Mark Brouard was delighted to present the SAB Miller and Bruker Prizewinners with their prizewinning cheques, for their outstanding performance in the first year and second year exams. The first year prizes were for Oliver Yu, EXT - 3rd prize, Daniya
The Analytical Scientist Power List 2016The Analytical Scientist Power List 2016

Professor Dame Carol Robinson has been named one of the top 50 most influential women in the analytical sciences. The Power List by the Analytical Scientist aim is to prove just how impactful and diverse the field is by sharing the passions, pivotal
GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2016GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2016

The Department of Chemistry was very pleased to welcome Dr Pan Procopiou and Dr Jacob Bush to present the GlaxoSmithKline Prizes to the award winners: The GlaxoSmithKline Awards in Organic Chemistry Part II and The GlaxoSmithKline 3rd Year Undergraduate
Hydrogen Storage highlighted in Nature Scientific ReportsHydrogen Storage highlighted in Nature Scientific Reports

Hydrogen is often described as the fuel of the future, particularly when applied to hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. One of the main obstacles facing this technology – a potential solution to future sustainable transport – has been the lack of
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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...

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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