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F         rom the Head

                        of Department

                        Professor Mark Brouard

                                          It gives me great    discovery company and Chemistry spin-out, recently
                                          pleasure to introduce   featured in Nature as one of the top six biotechnology
                                          the fifth edition    companies in the world. It aims to transform healthcare,
                                          of Periodic.  This   providing new treatment for diseases like cancer,
                                          edition brings news   Alzheimer’s and heart failure.  Our partnerships with
                                          of a selection of the   industry continue to bring benefits to the University,
                                          innovative and exciting   commercial organisations and the wider economy.
                                          research in Chemistry   The success of the SCG-Oxford Centre for Excellence
                                          over the past year,   was demonstrated in a presentation of new chemical
                                          some of which, like   technologies to the Thai  Royal Family.  An exciting
                                          the synthetic retina   collaboration with UCB Biopharma to develop novel
                                          created by Bayley    methods for the late stage functionalisation of drug-like
              group DPhil student Vanessa Restrepo-Schild, you may read   molecules is well underway and has a unique structure
              about in the national and international press.  There has   designed to maximise the sharing of scientific expertise and
              also been excellent news on the teaching front; Oxford’s   resources between academia and industry.
              MChem course has been ranked No. 1 in the Guardian’s
              University Guide with the highest rating of any UK chemistry   Chemistry alumni have an invaluable role to play in the
              department.  Recent successes in teaching and research   life of the Department and it was a pleasure to meet many
              have been recognised by many richly-deserved awards   of you earlier this year at the magnificent Salters’ Hall in
              and prizes, and I applaud my colleagues for their brilliance,   London and at the recent alumni weekend in Oxford.  On
              commitment and dedication. Our outstanding team is   behalf of our current students I would like to thank all those
              newly enhanced by the appointment of Dr Martin Galpin   of you who have been kind enough to offer your help and
              as Deputy Director of Studies and I am also delighted   expertise – giving careers talks and workshops and offering
              to welcome two new Associate Professors; Dr Stephan   opportunities for work placements.  We bade farewell to
              Rauschenbach joins us this term and Dr Madhavi Krishnan in   this year’s student leavers with a celebration to mark 100
              June 2018.                                       years of the Part II – an occasion much enjoyed by all and
                                                               enhanced by the accounts and anecdotes we received from
              Our vision is to be a world-leading Department of Chemistry   former students, some of which feature on later pages.
              in scholarship, research, teaching and learning as reflected
              in external recognition, rankings and measures.  In spring   Our newly-designed practical course will provide future
              this year we held our first ever departmental away day,   undergraduates with all the skills necessary for academic
              bringing colleagues together for wide-ranging discussions to   and industrial chemistry in the 21st Century.  The teaching
              inform the development of our strategic plan, ensuring that   labs currently under construction will enable us to provide
              the Department continues to be a thriving and stimulating   new, fully-accessible facilities with sophisticated state-of-the-
              place to work and study, and is fully equipped to meet the   art equipment.  Much of this has been made possible by the
              challenges ahead.                                generosity and support of our alumni and friends, to whom
                                                               we are immensely grateful.  We look forward to welcoming
              We look towards a future shaped by our scientists’   you back to the Department to see the new labs in action.
              innovation. OxStem, a regenerative medicine drug-

            On the Cover
            Coulomb-explosion imaging using a pixel-imaging mass spectrometry camera.  Image prepared with the help of  Dr Craig Slater and Dr Karl
            Harrison.  Read more on pages 16 and 17.

              Periodic       The Magazine of the Department of Chemistry
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