Undergraduate News

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Welcome to the news listings for the Chemistry Undergraduate students.

The purpose of these pages is to share information that may be of particular interest to Part II students.

Since the Future Teach programme started in 2016, coupled with the support of kind recommendations from Oxford colleges, our training programme has successfully recruited Oxford graduates with several of your alumni now working in key leadership roles within our Future Academies schools. Future Teacher Training view this as a valuable and integral part of our ITT recruitment, which has had proven impact on the quality of education that we are able to offer our school communities, which we endeavour to continue.

Our scholarship aims to support high calibre candidates to fund their teacher training year in, or close to, the London area within one of our Future Academies schools and is available to those wishing to train in primary or secondary education. We also offer heavily subsidised accommodation for some of our new teachers, making the move to London significantly easier. The letter and supporting documents outline what we can offer to your graduates in more detail.

Further details HERE 

Information sheet HERE 

Rachel Taylor
SCITT Coordinator, Future Teacher Training




To all 

Part II Students and their Supervisors,

You are invited by Professor Mark Brouard, Head of Chemistry, to a drinks and canapé reception to celebrate the hand-in of your Part II thesis.
The event will take place from 1.00pm - 2.30pm on Friday 10th June 2022 (the Part II hand-in day) in The Atrium at the Chemistry Research Laboratory.

RSVP here no later than May 25th : Part II Celebration: MChem Part II (ox.ac.uk)



Dear Chemistry Graduates and Part 2s,

MPLS Bridging Programme is running the residential programme this year and are looking to appoint two Graduate Student Demonstrators who will support the academics to run the academic content of the programme.  The Bridging Programme aims to assist incoming undergraduate fresher students who might experience the greatest transitional difficulties between school and university. In addition to subject related content, sessions include problem solving, time management, an Oxford tutorial, group discussions and opportunities for socialising.

The programme runs from 27th  September 2022 – 30th September 2022 –  In total there will be 4 Graduate Student Demonstrators (2 physicist and 2 chemist) all are expected to be available to support the Mathematics sessions and  then the respective subject area.  Please find attached a draft timetable which tell you when those slots are likely to happen.   You must be available for all the sessions that support is required. The rate of pay is £14.08 per hour.

If anyone would be interested in further information and getting involved please email  bridging@mpls.ox.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd June 2022.  For the application please provide a brief statement of why you think that you would be a good fit for this role.

Many thanks,
MPLS Bridging Programme



Fully funded PhD position in Supramolecular Chemistry: University of Birmingham and Berlin (Federal Institute for Materials Research & Testing)

We are seeking candidates for a PhD research project in synthetic supramolecular chemistry, photophysics and optical sensing, to develop smart optical reporters for environmental sensing & bioimaging. The primary supervisor is Dr Timothy Barendt (University of Birmingham) and the secondary supervisor is Dr Ute Resch-Genger (Federal Institute for Materials Research & Testing - Berlin).

The project aim is to demonstrate the huge potential of perylene diimides as optical reporters for environmental sensing and bioimaging. The candidate will develop novel dyes exhibiting switchable aggregation properties for detecting bioanalytically relevant targets. Furthermore, the supramolecular chemistry of perylene diimides will be exploited for sensing environmentally relevant pollutants. The researcher will develop skills in molecular synthesis, supramolecular chemistry and photophysics.

Project relevant publications:
Barendt et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 349
L. Biesen et al., Chemistry Eur. J. 2021, 27, 13426

• This is a funded PhD for 3.5 years (stipend and tuition fees covered), to be awarded by the University of Birmingham.
• The candidate will work at both Birmingham and BAM in Berlin, joining the research teams of Barendt (https://tab-lab.org/) and Resch-Genger 
   (https://tinyurl.com/2p887suw), respectively.
• This position is open to students from Germany and the UK only. A Master’s level degree in Chemistry or a comparable degree is required.
• To apply, please contact Tim Barendt: t.a.barendt@bham.ac.uk . Also, please get in contact for more information
• Please apply as soon as possible, the position will be filled when we find a strong candidate.


The 2022 Hinshelwood Lecture Series

The Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory is delighted to announce that the 2022 Hinshelwood Lectures will be delivered by Professor Michael R Wasielewski from Northwestern University USA.

The title of the series will be:

Exploring and Exploiting Quantum Coherence in Molecular Systems for Solar Energy Conversion and Quantum Information Science.

Each of the six lectures will be held at 11.15 am in weeks 4, 5 & 6 of Trinity Term in the Main Lecture Theatre in the PTCL. 
A flyer is attached with details of each lecture, together with a short bio.

For those of you who will be unable to attend in person, we will be using the Lecture Capture System and a link to this is here: https://web.chem.ox.ac.uk/hinshelwood2022/ 


The Development of Novel Chiral Molecules for Organic Spintronic Applications

Imperial College London, Departments of Chemistry and Materials

Supervisors: Prof. Matthew Fuchter and Dr Jessica Wade

Project start date: October 2022

Subject areas: Synthetic chemistry, spectroscopy, materials science, devices

About the project

The realisation of advanced materials that manipulate the spin state of charge carriers at room temperature will enable energy efficient technologies and low power quantum computation devices. Current strategies to control carrier spin make use of ferromagnetic or inorganic materials, which generally require elaborately structured electromagnetic excitation, complicated multi-layer architectures and cryogenic operation temperatures. As a result, devices based on these materials are difficult to miniaturise, expensive to prepare and not scalable.

We have a long-standing interest in the use of the molecular chirality of organic molecules to control function in technological applications [1] including in light emitting [2] and light detecting devices [3]. Chiral organic materials offer an unparalleled opportunity to control electron spin at room temperature, though the Chiral Induced Spin Selectivity (CISS) effect [4] – see Figure 1. This project will design, synthesis and study novel molecules that will enable us to test the mechanism(s) that underpin the CISS effect and determine the key parameters that impact the extent of spin polarisation. These findings will inform the fabrication of CISS-based quantum technologies, including spin-based quantum information processing and quantum magnetic field sensing.

This project will be supervised by Prof. Matthew Fuchter ( https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/m.fuchter ) and Dr Jessica Wade ( https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/jessica.wade ) .

The experimental work will be conducted at the Molecular Science Research Hub (White City Campus) and the Department of Materials (South Kensington Campus). The project is in collaboration with Cambridge Display Technology ( https://www.cdtltd.co.uk ). The project will develop further skills in synthetic chemistry, while also developing new skills in the study of organic thin film materials and devices. The student will benefit from working in the highly multidisciplinary research environment at Imperial College, especially through interactions with the Centre for Processible Electronics
( https://www.imperial.ac.uk/processable-electronics ) and the London Centre for Nanotechnology ( https://www.london-nano.com ).


An undergraduate degree in Chemistry

Skills: An ideal candidate will have prior experience in synthetic chemistry and some exposure to the characterisation of materials and/or devices. However, applicants solely with synthetic chemistry experience, but who are enthusiastic to learn new skills in the area of conjugated organic mateirals will also be considered.