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. The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) confirmed that Oxford Chemistry has the highest ‘power rating’, measuring breadth and depth of science, in the UK.
The department is engaged in a number of innovative areas of work, including:
- chemistry at the interface with biology and medicine
- sustainable energy chemistry
- kinetics, dynamics and mechanism,
- advanced functional materials and interfaces
- innovative measurement and photon science
- theory and modelling of complex systems.
The facilities at Oxford for research and teaching are among the best available in the UK, with a wide range of the latest instrumentation and a huge computational resource networked throughout the University and beyond to national computing centres. Among the facilities available are the latest in automated X-ray diffractometers, electron microscopes, scanning tunnelling microscopes, mass spectrometers, high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers and specialised instruments for the study of solids.
Graduate courses are offered in four areas of chemistry: physical and theoretical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and chemical biology. Courses are also offered in the form of several four-year Doctoral Training Programmes, offering a range of specialised training and collaboration opportunities. Two of these programmes are hosted by the department, the EPSRC centres in Synthesis in Biology and Medicine, and in Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences.