Working with Industry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Access to the department’s diverse range of equipment and expertise is also available to industry, where we can provide your company with testing and analysis services.  Our equipment is housed in ‘Small Research Facilities (SRF’s) and run by dedicated experts with the know how to provide innovative solutions to your company’s issues. 

NMR Facility

The facility operates twelve solution-state and two solid-state FT NMR instruments with proton operating frequencies ranging between 200 and 700 MHz, which are capable of running most experiments of interest to the research chemist. Instruments are equipped with an extensive range of capabilities including two cryogenic probes (at 500 and 700 MHz), multinuclear probes, high- and low-temperature operation and automation.

Mass Spectrometry Facility

The facility is extensively equipped with a selection of mass spectrometers and inlet systems including LC/MS, GC/MS, nanoLC/MS, UPLC/MS, MALDI.  Particular services include high-resolution accurate mass analysis, amino acid analysis, proteomics and bulk/compound specific isotope ratio mass spectrometry.

Surface Analysis Facility 

The Surface Analysis Facility (SAF) operates a diverse range of equipment with experienced staff to aid in the modification and provide comprehensive characterisation of surfaces and thin films.  Particularly well equipped for FT-IR spectroscopy, AFM and BET the facility regularly works with industry on issues such as surface cleanliness and contamination issues, adhesion failures and disbondments and coating defects.

Chemical Crystallography

Chemical crystallography are one of the UK’s leading crystallography groups, equipped with state of the art diffractometers, carrying expertise in a range of related areas including absolute structure determination, structures from liquids, chiral discrimination, crystallisation and polymorphism.  Past clients include various pharmaceutical companies and biotech firms.

ESR Spectroscopy

The centre houses state of the art continuous wave CW and pulsed instruments operating at both X-band and W-band alongside a well equipped sample preparation lab allowing for application of the most-advanced techniques in pulsed ESR research. In all instruments, samples may be investigated in the temperature range 2.5 - 400K and the centre benefits from a large fleet of lasers and other photoexcitation sources. Types of measurements made include catalysis, protein—protein recognition, electron-electron or electron-nuclei distances, hydrogen storage and pathogen-host interactions.


The facility is equipped with a wide range of mass spectrometry instrumentation, sample preparation technologies and data analysis software. We have experience in protein identification, quantitative mass spectrometry (SILAC, label-free, dimethyl labelling, TMT) and characterisation methods for a range of post-translational modifications.

See Small Research Facilities for further equipment and services available throughout the University.


Contact us for more information on our small research facilities:

Dr Ashley Shepherd
External Services Coordinator
01865 275687

There is a range of funding schemes, both local and national, that could make accessing our equipment and services more affordable to your company. 

Useful Information for SMEs

  • Voucher schemes typically give SMEs 50% of the cost of R&D services, analyses and training, to a maximum of £5,000 subsidy.  See Innovate UK vouchers and Other Innovation Voucher schemes.
  • R&D tax relief and credits typically save SMEs 12% to 26% on R&D. To benefit, your company does not have to be paying Corporation Tax, or do much R&D.
  • Product development
  • Computer software or hardware
  • Medical devices or drug discovery
  • Sensors / detectors or imaging
  • Materials, aerodynamic improvements, motors, engines, turbine blades
  • Geological techniques
  • Energy generation and storage, fuels, carbon capture technologies.

Useful links: pagesUni’s info sheet

Contact us for more information on our small research facilities:

Dr Ashley Shepherd
External Services Coordinator
01865 275687

The Department of Chemistry can synthesise ‘made to order’ chemicals for your company. 


Particular areas of expertise



2,5 dibromohexane diamide/2,3diiodo hexanediamide hybridoma

  • What: Reagents for the mild conversion of cysteine to dehydroalanine
  • Research: Professors Christopher Schofield and Ben Davis


  • What: Probe for the detection of live mycobacteria
  • Research: Professor Ben Davis 

Contact us to discuss product sales:

Oxford University Innovation
Technology Transfer
01865 280830