Your research and synthetic chemistry

Synthetic chemistry is a diverse science with applications in disciplines ranging from materials through to biology and medicine. OxSynC, based in the Department of Chemistry - University of Oxford, has been established as a new free resource that provides a single point of contact for researchers to facilitate such interactions within the University and beyond.

OxSynC is managed by a group of synthetic chemists who are specialists at assembling and characterising organic and inorganic molecules, tailored to order for many applications. At present, the group consists of 24 world-leading synthesis researchers whose combined knowledge covers the whole spectrum of synthetic chemistry.

Our Aims
  • Making chemistry accessible
  • Finding and building new fruitful connections
  • Strengthening interdisciplinarity within the University
  • Improving opportunities and chances of success for funding
  • Generating new IP: patents, license deals, spin-out companies

If you have a research problem that a synthetic chemist may be able to help you with, then please contact us.

Latest News

August 2015: OxSynC-facilitated collaborative research between Prof Jeremy Robertson (Chemistry), Dr Jake Bundy (Imperial College London) and Dr Manuel Liebeke (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen) has just been published in Nature Communications [DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8869]. The paper reveals that earthworms possess surface-active metabolites, termed 'drilodefensins', that offer protection against the harmful effects of ingested plant polyphenols. The chemistry contributed synthesised samples of these molecules for structural confirmation and correct attribution of their properties.

October 2014: Supported in part by OxSynC, Prof David Hodgson (Chemistry) and Dr Kenny Moore (Pathology) collaborated to test Hyperolactone C and analogues as potential inhibitors of HIV-1 replication. This work has recently been reported in the Journal of Organic Chemistry.