Working with Industry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Consultancy activity makes existing knowledge within the Department available to business and wider community who need it.

Benefits to business

Access state-of-the-art expertise and equipment; new business challenges; research advances and new perspectives; long term relationships and collaboration

Benefits to academia

Commercial insights in research and teaching; new experiences and network opportunities; long term collaboration and additional income to support future academic work

Consultancy and Board Membership

  • Oxford University policy allows PIs to spend up to 30 days p.a. on external activities (consulting, company board membership, etc.). Further details for University staff undertaking consultancy can be found here.
  • Consultancy arrangements are commonly made through the Consulting Services group at Oxford University Innovation. Further details here
  • There have been >60 consultancy arrangements organised for Chemistry PIs with external partners through Consulting Services since 2008, with wide ranging companies.
  • Our PIs are on the boards of 17 companies (mostly as non-executive scientific advisers, in some cases of Oxford spin-outs).

Consultancy services

  • Specialist opinion
  • Technical and professional advice
  • Expert witness services
  • Horizon scanning to aid strategic planning
  • Master classes on the current state-of-the-art
  • Patent process optimization
  • Advisory boards

Academic expertise showcases

  • Synthetic Chemistry: Synthesis is one of the core research themes within the Department of Chemistry.


Contact us for more information:

Dr Katherine Rooke
Senior Research Facilitator for Chemistry
01865 275989