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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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On the cover of ChemCatChemOn the cover of ChemCatChem

Research by Holly Reeve in the Vincent group has featured on the inside back cover of ChemCatChem. The Cover shows a new approach to biocatalysis involving enzymes on carbon particles as a heterogeneous catalyst for hydrogen-driven hydrogenations. In
Prof Benjamin G Davis wins 2016 Whistler AwardProf Benjamin G Davis wins 2016 Whistler Award

The International Carbohydrate Organization is very pleased to announce that the Roy L. Whistler Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry for 2016 has been awarded to Professor Benjamin G Davis. The Award will be presented at the International Carbohydrate Symposium
Two Oxford Chemistry Poster Prizes in ElectrochemistryTwo Oxford Chemistry Poster Prizes in Electrochemistry

Gan-Zuei Chang in the Vincent group and Her Shuang Toh in the Compton group were both poster prize recipients in the Symposium ‘New Directions in Analytical Electrochemistry’ at the 66th International Society of Electrochemistry meeting in Taipei,
On the cover of OrganometallicsOn the cover of Organometallics

A collaboration between Professor Jenny Green and Alexander (Sandy) Kilpatrick from Geoff Cloke's research group in Sussex has been highlighted on the cover of Organometallics. The paper focuses on the reductive activation of CO2 Across a Ti-Ti double
On the cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical PhysicsOn the cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Research by the Doye group has featured on the inside front cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. The work probes the mechanisms for CO oxidation catalysed by small bimetallic clusters with the cover image illustrating a variety of potential
C&EN highlights Russian doll complexesC&EN highlights Russian doll complexes

Work on the synthesis and photophysics of nested Russian doll complexes by Sophie Rousseaux and coworkers has been highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News (19 Oct. 2016 page 30). The complex consists of a 6-porphyrin nanoring inside a 12 porphyrin
Presentation of CHEMISTRY PART IA, 2015  PRIZESPresentation of CHEMISTRY PART IA, 2015 PRIZES

The SAB Miller Prizes for the Part IA examinations have been presented to the top undergraduates by Dr. Sue James from SAB Miller PLC. The prizes were awarded to: Yining Yang, Merton College; Chester Chen, Hertford College; Bruno Vanderstichele, New
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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.

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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