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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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Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award 2015 WinnerApplied Inorganic Chemistry Award 2015 Winner

Recently the Department hosted the RSC Awards symposium and Professor Yi Lu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) received the Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award 2015. Awarded for his original research on the catalytic activity of DNA in the presence
Centenary Prize 2015 WinnerCentenary Prize 2015 Winner

Recently the Department hosted the RSC Awards symposium and Professor Chad Mirkin (Northwestern University) received the Centenary Prize 2015. Awarded for his development of spherical nucleic acids and new nanotechnology-based tools in biomedicine and
Bruker Thesis PrizeBruker Thesis Prize

Dr Claudia Tait has been awarded the prestigious Bruker Thesis Prize by the ESR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry “recognizing outstanding work by PhD students in the field of ESR Spectroscopy”. Claudia undertook her DPhil work in CAESR under
Nature Chemistry Science Papers highlightedNature Chemistry Science Papers highlighted

Dr Lingbing Kong’s work conducted in the groups of Professor Ben Davis and Professor Hagan Bayley has been published in Nature Chemistry. Single-molecule recapitulation of bacterial sugar export has been achieved by combining chemical polyglycosylation
Poster Prize Marcin KonowalczykPoster Prize Marcin Konowalczyk

Congratulations to Marcin Konowalczyk, first year DPhil student in Christiane Timmel’s group in CAESR. Marcin won the poster prize for his work on optically detected magnetic field effects at the 49th RSC ESR conference in at the University of Essex
ISACS19 Chemistry World Poster Prize for Aubert RibaucourtISACS19 Chemistry World Poster Prize for Aubert Ribaucourt

Congratulations to Aubert Ribaucourt, a student on the OxIOSCR Marie Curie Innovative Doctoral Programme and member of the Hodgson group, for winning the Chemistry World Poster Prize at the 19th International Symposium on Advancing the Chemical Sciences:
Award for Process Chemistry ResearchAward for Process Chemistry Research

Professor Michael Willis was awarded the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Syngenta 2015 award for Process Chemistry Research. As part of the award he delivered a lecture at the recent 33rd SCI Process Development Symposium held at Churchill College, Cambridge.
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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.

Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Open Day 2017. If you are thinking of applying for a DPhil in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry, please join us for our Open Day on Tuesday, 21st November 2017. You will have a chance to learn about current research and meet potential supervisors, ask questions about the application procedures, see our facilities and visit one of the Oxford colleges. If you would like to attend, please register here.

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 31st Jan 2018 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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