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Department of Chemistry

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What I do...

I started my new role as Head of the Department of Chemistry on 1 October 2018.  My aim will be to continue the work of Professor John Pyle and his predecessors in fostering the success and ambition of the department, and in ensuring that it remains an excellent place to work and study.


I am currently Deputy Head and Director of Outreach, but my main role has been as Director of Teaching, with overall responsibility for the delivery of the undergraduate chemistry course.  My own teaching has been mainly in the area of introductory physical and theoretical chemistry e.g. thermodynamics, high-resolution spectroscopy, and applications of elementary group theory. I will be taking a hiatus from this role during my tenure as Head of Department.


My research interests have been in the area of high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, particularly in the development and application of new techniques. Some of our publications and associated software, as well as older lecture notes from various NMR summer schools, are available on the group web server.

Please note that at present I am not recruiting any postdoctoral researchers, PhD students or summer visitors.


I am a co-author of the eleventh edition of Atkins’ Physical Chemistry, I have written two books with my colleague Dr Pete Wothers on general chemistry, and I have written a specialist textbook on NMR.  You can find out more about these books below.

Atkins' Physical Chemistry

With Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula (11th Edition OUP 2017).

Chemical Structure and Reactivity: an integrated approach

Second Edition, with Peter Wothers (OUP, 2014)

Understanding NMR Spectroscopy 

Second Edition (Wiley, 2010)

You can view my series of graduate-level lectures based on this book on YouTube through the ANZMAG channel.

Why Chemical Reactions Happen

With Peter Wothers (OUP, 2003)





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Research Interest Group

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