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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 Nature ChemistryOn the Cover of Nature Chemistry

Research developed by a team led by Hagan Bayley and Dek Woolfson (University of Bristol) has been featured on the cover of Nature Chemistry. The cover image shows a synthetic transmembrane pore — formed by the self-assembly of alpha-helical peptides.
BCA Poster Prizes for Laura and JamesBCA Poster Prizes for Laura and James

Congratulations to Part II students Laura Fenwick and James Walker who both won poster prizes awarded by the Chemical Crystallography Group of the British Crystallographic Association at the Annual Spring Meeting in Lancaster. Laura’s poster “Measuring
Oxford student creates a synthetic retina Oxford student creates a synthetic retina

Soft materials and proteins hold out hope for retinal disease. Vanessa Restrepo-Schild DPhil in the Bayley group has created a synthetic retina that can detect grey-scale images and moving objects. The tissues are made of a 4x4 gel-array with artificial
MPLS Division Thesis CommendationMPLS Division Thesis Commendation

Lukas Pfeifer, a DPhil student from Véronique Gouverneur’s group, has been awarded a commendation by the MPLS division for his thesis entitled “New Methods and Reagents for Carbon–Fluorine Bond Formation”. After completing his undergraduate
First prize for Allegra Franchino at the 28th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic ChemistryFirst prize for Allegra Franchino at the 28th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry

Allegra Franchino, a Marie Curie PhD student (OxIOSCR project) in the Dixon group, has been awarded the first prize for her talk on “asymmetric catalysis for the activation of functionalised isonitriles” at the 28th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium
Two-dimensional melting of hard spheres experimentally unravelled after 60 yearsTwo-dimensional melting of hard spheres experimentally unravelled after 60 years

Researchers from the Dullens group at the University of Oxford (UK) have experimentally elucidated how the melting of a two-dimensional solid of hard spheres occurs. In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, they resolve one of the most fundamentally
Poster Prize at the RSC Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Dalton Poster SymposiumPoster Prize at the RSC Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Dalton Poster Symposium

Dr Timothy Barendt, a Junior Research Fellow in The Beer Group, was awarded a prize for his poster on “Anion recognition and sensing by [3]rotaxane molecular machines” at the RSC Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Dalton Poster Symposium on 27th March 2017.
Izatt-Christensen Prize for Macrocyclic ChemistryIzatt-Christensen Prize for Macrocyclic Chemistry

Prof. Harry L. Anderson is the 2017 winner of the Izatt-Christensen Prize. This international prize is awarded annually for work in the field of macrocyclic chemistry. He will be presented with the award during the International Symposium on Macrocyclic
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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.

Organic Chemistry Open Day 2017: If you are thinking of applying to Oxford for a DPhil in Organic Chemistry or Chemical Biology, please join us on the Fri 27th October for our Open Day. The day will consist of introductory talks, a summary a summary of application procedures, informal talks with potential research supervisors, and much more! If you would like to attend please register here

2017 TMCS Open Day Our 2017 Open Day will take place in Oxford on November 10th.Come to find out more about the TMCS CDT, see our facilities and meet current TMCS students and scientists.Deadline for registration: Tuesday 7th NovemberFurther information and registration

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 8th November 2017 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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