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Description: Oxford is one of the leading chemistry departments in the world, offering world-class teaching along with 80+ research groups at the cutting-edge of experimentation, commercialization, and fundamental science. The latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise confirmed that Oxford Chemistry has the highest “power rating” (breadth and depth of science) in the UK. The Department has played a key role in shaping the modern world, with contributions ranging from the lithium-ion battery to the blood-glucose sensor and from historical breakthroughs in crystallography to the advent of personal medicine with DNA technology. Our researchers are currently engaged in a number of innovative themes of work address and are poised to address global challenges in areas such as healthcare, climate and energy solutions, clean water and food supply, next-generation communications, transport and computing. For more information on our research, please visit http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/researchthemes.asp.

Series associated with Department of Chemistry

Careers in Chemistry: Academia
Careers in Chemistry: Beyond Academia
Chemistry for the Future: Clean Energy
Chemistry for the Future: Human Health
Chemistry for the Future: Incredible Machines
Chemistry for the Future: Meet the Scientists
Chemistry for the Future: Solar Fuels
Chemistry for the Future: Strange Substances and Structures
Chemistry Spotlight Lectures
So you want to study Chemistry?
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons Unlocking the Power of Hydrogen Kylie Vincent and Philip Ash discuss how bacteria harness the energy stored within hydrogen molecules, and how this could help build a more sustainable energy future. Kylie Vincent, Philip Ash 10 Jun 2015
2 Creative Commons Chemistry is Central to our Energy Future Phil Grunewald, Deputy Director of Energy Research at the University of Oxford, explains how chemistry helps to solve global energy challenges. Phil Grunewald 10 Jun 2015
3 Creative Commons Nanoparticle Catalysis: Size Matters Hanif Mahadi, Researcher in Edman Tsang’s group, explains how nanoparticle catalysts help us use fossil fuels more efficiently and develop cleaner alternative sources of energy. Hanif Mahadi 10 Jun 2015
4 Creative Commons Using Catalysts to Make Exhaust Fumes Greener How can we reduce the pollution from car exhausts? Elizabeth Raine 10 Jun 2015
5 Creative Commons The Energy Challenge:  Research at Oxford Providing secure, affordable and sustainable forms of energy is one of our biggest challenges this century.  Hear how the cutting-edge fundamental research we undertake addresses real world problems and helps us to move towards a more sustainable future.  Phil Grunewald 10 Jun 2015
6 How can eating chocolate teach us about chemistry? Celebrating the Year of Crystallography A film produced as part of the Oxford Open Doors 2014 which examines some interesting research at Oxford Chemistry with some thoughts from the general public. Chris Schofield, Richard Cooper, Charlotte Richards 16 Jan 2015
7 Can we starve tumours? Oxford Chemistry joins Cancer Research UK in the fight for the cure A film produced as part of the Oxford Open Doors 2014, reflecting on some of the exciting cancer research being undertaken in the Oxford Chemistry Department. With Professor Chris Schofield, Oxford University, and Charlotte Richards, Cancer Research UK. Chris Schofield, Charlotte Richards 16 Jan 2015
8 X-Ray crystallography: revealing the shape of molecules Dr Richard Cooper on x-ray crystallography - an incredibly powerful technique for determining the 3D structure of crystals. Richard Cooper 23 Jun 2014
9 The Zeeman Decelerator and ultracold chemistry The Zeeman Deceleator is used to do ‘ultracold chemistry’ – slowing down molecules in order to study reactions. Katrin Dulitz shows off her amazing machine. Katrin Dulitz 19 Jun 2014
10 Incredible Machines: Conclusion Dr Ashley Shepherd concludes the Incredible Machines series by explaining what makes her the most excited about working as a scientist in the Department of Chemistry. Ashley Shepherd 19 Jun 2014
11 Mass spectrometry: how does it work, and why should you care? From cutting-edge cancer research to sustainable fish farming, Dr James McCullagh explains the importance of mass spectrometry. James McCullagh 19 Jun 2014
12 Glassblowing: a beautiful, crucial, trade Watch glassblower Terri Adams in action as she creates scientific tools from the flames. Terri Adams 19 Jun 2014
13 Inside NMR Spectroscopy Dr Tim Claridge takes apart an NMR machine to show us how this technique is used in research with application in human health and beyond. Tim Claridge 19 Jun 2014
14 The Stark Decelerator & ultracold chemistry The Stark Decelerator was built from scratch in the basement of the Chemistry Department. Dr Brianna Heazelwood shows how this incredible device is used to study molecules. Brianna Heazlewood 19 Jun 2014
15 Incredible Machines: Introduction Dr Ashley Shepherd introduces the extraordinary machines used by Oxford chemists, and tells us about her work as a surface analyst. Ashley Shepherd 19 Jun 2014
16 Meet the Scientists - DNA Synthesis Angelina Measures, DPhil student in the Conway Group, Oxford, synthesises small molecules to study how our DNA is stored and used. Angelina discusses the unique practical skills gained from a chemistry degree, and shares what she loves about research. Angelina Measures 11 Apr 2014
17 Meet the Scientists - Collaborations with the Oxford Botanic Garden Alison Foster, Senior Curator of the Oxford Botanic Garden, discusses her daily work and the transition she has made from working in a lab to working in the garden. Alison Foster 09 Oct 2013
18 Meet the Scientists - Solar Fuels and Artificial Photosynthesis Andreas Bachmeier, a DPhil student in the Armstrong Group, Oxford University, gives a glimpse into his research and his life outside of work, including a love for rowing and German beer. Andreas Bachmeier 09 Oct 2013
19 Meet the Scientists - Transparent Conductors Alex T. Vai, DPhil student in the Donohoe Group, University of Oxford, describes his exciting research into touch-screen technology and also tells of his outside work ventures in orienteering and orchestra. Alex T. Vai 04 Oct 2013
20 Meet the Scientists - Solar Fuels, Bacteria and Hydrogen Dr Rhiannon Evans from the Armstrong Group, University of Oxford, gives a short account of her research studies into solar fuels, as well as giving an insight to her life outside of research. Rhiannon Evans 04 Oct 2013
21 Meet the Scientists - Solar Fuels and Enzymes Susannah Hexter, DPhil Student in the Armstrong Group, University of Oxford, describes her love for Chemistry and discusses her hobbies outside of work. Susannah Hexter 04 Oct 2013
22 Conclusion: How Chemistry Research Impacts Human Health Wrapping up this series on human health, Dr Emily Flashman talks about her work studying the mechanisms by which our bodies respond to low levels of oxygen. Emily Flashman 19 Jul 2013
23 Practical Uses of NMR: Exploring Enzymes to Fight Disease The mutant enzymes that cause disease in our bodies can be combated by chemical inhibitors if we understand how these molecules are interacting. Ivanhoe Leung 19 Jul 2013
24 Lasers, Cell Membranes, and the Basis of Life Being a chemist doesn't have to mean giving up on biology and physics. Mark Wallace, Matt Baker 19 Jul 2013
25 Synthesizing Anti-Cancer Drugs from Nature Chemicals found in nature can have incredibly useful functionality, including anti-malarial and anti-cancer properties. However, they are usually found in small amounts. Chris Jones 19 Jul 2013
26 3D Printing and The Structure of Proteins Using 3D printed molecules, Rok Sekirnik, a DPhil student in the emerging field of chemical biology, shows how protein structures can be determined in some of the Department's most distinctive looking labs. Rok Sekirnik 19 Jul 2013
27 Epigenetics and New Anti-Cancer Treatments At the interface of chemistry, biology, and medicine, Cyrille Thinnes, a DPhil student in the Schofield Group, shares his research into the next generation of anti-cancer treatments. Cyrille Thinnes 19 Jul 2013
28 Introduction: How Chemistry Research Impacts Human Health To truly understand disease, we need to understand the underlying chemical processes that direct human biology. Dr Emily Flashman introduces some of the research in the Department of Chemistry that will help improve our health in future. Emily Flashman 19 Jul 2013
29 Conclusion: Inspired by Nature The current energy crisis is a time of intense challenges but also of opportunities for fantastic science and innovative ideas. Alex T. Vai 19 Jul 2013
30 Artificial Photosynthesis - From Photon to Fuel Andrea Bachmeier, a DPhil student in the Armstrong Group, is helping to create a fully integrated artificial photosynthesis (APS) system which could be much more efficient at turning sunlight into fuel than living systems. Andreas Bachmeier 19 Jul 2013
31 Photosynthesis in Nature Dr Alison Foster, a former chemist and Senior Curator at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden explains the principals of natural photosynthesis that the Armstrong Group is trying to mimic in the lab. Alison Foster 19 Jul 2013
32 Enzymes as Fuel Producers Growing energy demand worldwide is a crucial challenge for chemists. Suzannah Hexter, Armstrong Group, shows how, with the help of enzymes, the principles of photosynthesis may be artificially exploited and improved to provide a clean energy resource. Suzannah Hexter 19 Jul 2013
33 Introduction to Solar Fuels In an 'Oxford tutorial' style podcast, Professor Fraser Armstrong introduces the concept of artificial photosynthesis: coupling a light harvesting material with a fuel producer in order to generate storable energy from sunlight. Fraser Armstrong 19 Jul 2013
34 Conclusion: Strange Substances and Structures Imagine being able to transform an insulating material into an electrical conductor just by touching it with a magnet. Andrew Goodwin 18 Jul 2013
35 Crystals, Hydrothermal Bombs, and the Study of Strange Mechanical Properties Andrew Cairns and Ines Collings, DPhil students in the Goodwin Group, explain how they make single crystals in the lab and study their unusual properties. Andrew Cairns, Ines Collings 18 Jul 2013
36 Supercapacitors, Ionic Liquids, and Implications for Sustainable Energy From smart phones to electric cars, batteries and energy storage devices are vital. Dr Nico Cousens is studying ionic liquid supercapacitors - a next generation technology with the potential to transform energy storage and power the cars of the future. Nico Cousens 18 Jul 2013
37 Friction, Lubrication, and Ionic Liquids Dr Susan Perkin and DPhil student Alex Smith discuss the interesting properties of ionic liquids and the implications of these 'strange' materials to help us understand how friction and lubrication work at the molecular level. Susan Perkin, Alex Smith 18 Jul 2013
38 What makes a substance strange? An introduction to ionic liquids Everyone knows that table salt dissolves in water, but did you know that some salts are actually liquid at room temperature? Susan Perkin 18 Jul 2013
39 Patent Law Dr John Fisher (Oriel College, 2001), talks about his role as a patent attorney, and offers advice for students who are considering a similar career. It's all about advocacy! John Fisher 17 Jul 2013
40 Science Journalism Laura Howes (Merton, 2001), a science correspondent for Chemistry World, talks about the ins and out of science journalism in general, and her path to a career with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Laura Howes 17 Jul 2013
41 Science Communication at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden Dr Alison Foster (Jesus College), Senior Curator at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, talks about her journey from industrial pharmaceutical chemistry research to her current role in horticulture, and offers some tips for major career transitions. Alison Foster 17 Jul 2013
42 Industry research and management at Infineum Dr Martin-Dare Edwards (University College, 1974), Project Director for Infineum UK, talks about transitioning from research to management roles within the chemical industry. Martin-Dare Edwards 17 Jul 2013
43 Part 3 - My path to academic success - Asel Sartbaeva Dr Asel Sartbaeval, a Lecturer at the University of Bath, discusses her path from Kyrgyzstan to Oxford and beyond, and offers some advice on balancing career success with family and relationships. Asel Sartbaeva 17 Jul 2013
44 Part 2 - My path to academic success - Ed Anderson Dr Ed Anderson, a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford gives an overview of his current role, and advice on issues he encountered along the way, including the benefits of a post doctoral position in the USA. Ed Anderson 17 Jul 2013
45 Part 1 - My path to academic success - Alison Parkin Dr Alison Parkin, who has just started her own lab group at the University of York, talks about taking career development step by step, and the importance of both research and teaching in academic careers. Alison Parkin 17 Jul 2013
46 What has chemistry ever done for me? Or, how did I get here? Professor Lesley Yellowlees, the first female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, talks about the choices she had to make in order to obtain her two dream jobs (and hold them at the same time). Lesley Yellowlees 17 Jul 2013
47 Creative Commons Oxford at Said: A human genome in minutes and what it will mean to you Oxford Nanopore is a British company, spun out of the University of Oxford in 2005 and founded on the science of Prof Hagan Bayley. It is developing new technology that has the potential to improve greatly the speed and cost of DNA sequencing. Hagan Bayley 25 Mar 2013
48 Molecular Gastronomy is Not Molecular Cooking: A Demonstration: Part 2 Second part of the Molecular Gastronomy is Not Molecular Cooking: A Demonstration special lecture, combining chemistry with cooking. With leading chemist Professor Hervé This and top chef Raymond Blanc OBE. Hervé This, Raymond Blanc 22 Dec 2010
49 Molecular Gastronomy is Not Molecular Cooking: A Demonstration: Part 1 First part of a special Christmas event, with Professor Hervé This; Physical Chemist in the Molecular Gastronomy Group at the Chemistry Laboratory of AgroParisTech and Raymond Blanc OBE; renowned chef and owner of Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. Hervé This, Raymond Blanc 22 Dec 2010
50 Christmas Chemistry Show 2010 Join chemists Dr Hugh Cartwright and Dr Malcolm Stewart at Oxford University and find out just how much fun chemistry can be. You will be entertained and educated by the sort of chemistry you never get to see at school, baffling, tantalising and LOUD. Hugh Cartwright, Malcolm Stewart 18 Dec 2010
51 Chemistry Information Day Talk A talk about Chemistry, studying at Oxford, the course, admissions and Oxford interviews. Nick Green 19 Sep 2008
52 Electrochemistry Research Professor Richard Compton talks about his research interests, plans and spin-out companies. Richard Compton 17 Sep 2008
53 Chemistry at Oxford Why chemistry will change the world - Interview with former Chairman of Chemistry and Waynflete Professor of Chemistry: Professor S.G. Davies. Steve Davies 11 Sep 2008