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ShellThe 2018 Hinshelwood Lectures

Professor Lydéric Bocquet from École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Soft Interfaces: A Journey Across Scales

The series of six lectures will be held at 2pm in weeks 1, 2 and 4 of Trinity Term in the Main Lecture Theatre in the ICL, more info.

Athena SWAN Silver Award

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.

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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.
An autonomous molecular assembler for programmable chemical synthesisAn autonomous molecular assembler for programmable chemical synthesis

The research groups of Andrew Turberfield in Physics and Ben Davis and Tom Brown in Chemistry have published a paper in Nature Chemistry describing a DNA nano-machine that carries out programmed molecular assembly. The machine directs a cascade of controlled
Honorary Member of the Cuban Society of ChemistryHonorary Member of the Cuban Society of Chemistry

Professor Graham Richards has appointed as a Honorary Member of the Cuban Society of Chemistry, for his outstanding contribution to Chemistry and the Cuban chemical community. Professor Graham Richards has been invited celebrate this honour at the Aula
Renée Haver wins Award for the best Oral Presentation in the field of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists in Blankenberge, BelgiumRenée Haver wins Award for the best Oral Presentation in the field of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists in Blankenberge, Belgium

Renée Haver, a D.Phil. student in Harry Anderson’s group, received the Award for the best Oral Presentation in the field of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists in Blankenberge, Belgium (16-18 March 2016). The
CINF Scholarship for Scientific ExcellenceCINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence

Wilian Cortopassi, a PhD student in the Paton group has received a CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence at the 251st Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego. Wilian receives $1000 from the Division of Chemical Information, based on
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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 University's publications are made available open access via ORA.

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 23rd May 2018 further details can be found here. For more information please contact the research facilitator staff.


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...

Periodic – the Department of Chemistry magazine.   Issue 5

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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