The Oxford Chemistry Department incorporates one of the UK's
premier academic centres for research in all aspects of Organic
Chemistry. From 2004, this is housed within the Chemistry
Research Laboratory (CRL) situated in the heart of Oxford's
Science Area, with easy access to libraries, colleges and the
city centre. This new environment, shared with many other research
groups from the Chemistry faculty, will create increasing opportunities
and resources for interdisciplinary research at the boundaries
with both Biology and Materials, expected to be prolific growth
areas for Organic Chemistry.
The former home of Organic Chemistry in Oxford, the Dyson Perrins
Laboratory, now houses the undergraduate organic teaching laboratories.
In recognition of over 80 years of outstanding contribution to
Organic Chemistry in the UK, the Dyson Perrins Laboratory was
featured in a special
issue of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry in 2003,
its final year as a research laboratory.
The resources available to Organic Chemists are fitting for
a laboratory of international stature. Particular emphasis is
placed on NMR
Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry, where the diverse facilities
available to researchers are world class. In addition there is
a shared Chemistry resource in X-ray
crystallography, permitting rapid and easy acquisition of
structural data, with all these essential services being coveniently
housed in the new laboratory. At both the laboratory and University
level the library facilities are excellent, with increasing emphasis
on electronic access to journals and databases. The location of the journals
and books for the Organic Laboratory Library is available online.
An intensive seminar
programme regularly attracts eminent organic chemists to present
their work in Oxford.
At present there are seventeen members of academic
staff with a wide variety of research
interests. Research workers fall into three categories - about
60 postdoctoral researchers, 80 postgraduate (D. Phil) students,
and 50 fourth-year (Part II, M. Chem.) undergraduate students.
Postdoctoral researchers are normally in Oxford on contracts of
1-3 years and are funded either by a UK Research Council, or from
national, European Union or other international sources. Postgraduates
are recruited worldwide, which enhances the cosmopolitan feel
of the laboratory.