Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

The Department of Chemistry collaborated with ITN Productions to produce a short film that highlights some of the ways in which academia and industry are working together for mutual benefit.  Journalist Sue Saville talks with members of the Department to discover how innovative research in chemistry has positive and sustainable impacts in the real world.  Graham Richards, Hagan Bayley, Dermot O’Hare, Martin Smith and students from the EPSRC-supported SBM CDT discuss spinout companies, industrial partnerships and a ground-breaking Centre for Doctoral Training.

Professor Graham Richards, Oxford's first Chairman of Chemistry, discusses the Department's exceptional track record in setting up spinout companies, many of which have achieved exceptional success.  Oxford Nanopore has raised over £450 million and employs some 400 people, and founder Professor Hagan Bayley explains how Nanopore's MinION device has made portable DNA sequencing a reality.  Professor Martin Smith and students Xinlan Cook and Rob Quinlan talk about the unique open-access model of the CDT and how open communication and close involvement with industry bring benefits to both parties. Professor Dermot O’Hare explains how his collaboration with SCG, one of Asia’s leading petrochemicals companies, is bringing scientific innovation into the real world.

The film forms part of a programme created by ITN Productions for the Chemical Industries Association.  The programme, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles and was launched at the Chemical Industries Association conference and dinner in London on November 15th.

The Chemical Industries Association is the organisation representing and advising chemical and pharmaceutical companies located across the UK.  The core membership is a diverse mix of chemical and pharmaceutical companies operating within the UK. Representation includes lobbying legislations, policy-makers and stakeholders on the issues that affect member companies the most.

ITN Productions is ITN’s bespoke production hub producing creative and commercially valuable content for the corporate, commercial, broadcast and digital sectors. Industry News forms part of this offering and is a communications tool for leading industry bodies and national associations produced in a broadcast news programme format, including interviews, news-style items and sponsored editorial profiles.