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PhD Chemistry (Heterogeneous Catalysis)

The PhD was Industrially funded by ICI Synetix and QUEST International, involving the development of heterogeneous catalytic systems and material synthesis for novel oxidation and epoxidation systems. The project was 3 years laboratory based with the submission of regular written reports to industry together with oral and poster presentations. Laboratory techniques include wet chemistry in addition to analytical techniques such as HPLC, GC, MS and AAS.

BSc Biochemistry/Chemistry (JH)


May 2006 – Present

Research Advisor at the University of Glamorgan.

July 2005 – May 2006

Pharmaceutical scientist at Vectura Group plc.

Vectura is a pulmonary drug development company focused on the development of a range of inhaled pharmaceuticals. As a member of the Respiratory Development 1 team, I contributed in the development of pharmaceuticals from concept through to clinical trials, including analytical testing, stability studies & formulation.

Roles include:

· Development and investigation of new and novel formulations

· Analysis of pharmaceuticals to GLP standards

· Development and validation of methodologies

· Completion of written reports, methods and SOPs

July 2003 – July 2005:

Development/analytical chemist at Penn Pharmaceutical Service Limited.

Penn Pharmaceuticals is an established pharmaceuticals services company. The role consisted of the analysis of pharmaceuticals for both stability and full release testing to a GMP standard.


To provide expert advice, guidance and support to researchers on making applications for funding

To proactively seek funding opportunities, especially from the research councils and major charities

To be responsible for the Joint Electronic Submissions (JeS) system for Research Council funding

To continually develop and implement systems for the effective monitoring and tracking of applications and successes in research funding

To respond to and co-ordinate external cross disciplinary returns and Research Councils’ Collaborative Calls and Funding Council initiatives

Editor in chief of Glamorgan Knowledge


Effect of structure of the redox molecular sieve TS-1 on the oxidation of phenol, crotyl alcohol and norbornylene. J. Phys. Chem. Chem Phys., (7): 2671 -2678, 2005.

Oxidation of alpha-containing monoterpenes using titanium silicate catalysts: comments on regioselectivity and the role of acidity. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2. 1475-1481, 2002.

Shape selective oxidation using titanium silicates: epoxidation of dihydromyrcene and the model compounds 2-methyl pent-2-ene and 3-methyl pent-1-ene. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2. 2064-2071, 2002.

Heterogeneous catalytic aziridination of styrene using transition-metal-exchanged zeolite Y. J Catalysis letters (3-4):151-154, 2001.

Enantioselective epoxidation of (Z)-stilbene using a chiral Mn(III)-salen complex: effect of immobilisation on MCM-41 on product selectivity. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2. (10): 2008-2015, 2000.


A feasibility study for the establishment of a “Centre for Disaster Management and Emergency Response” at the University of Glamorgan (completed in 2008) – Project Manager.

The study was funded by the Welsh Assembly Government (£20k) to identify the need of setting up such a centre at the university to meet the needs of businesses, emergency services, government, charities and the communities of Wales to address the technical, social and economical problems associated with disasters and emergencies.

The “Wales Aerospace Research Institute” as a partnership between Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Glamorgan, NEWI and Swansea together with a link with Cranfield University (completed in 2007) – Project Support

Funded by the Welsh Assembly Government (£30K) to investigate the establishment of an all Wales institute to address research and linked activities in the field of aerospace.

University of Glamorgan Interdisciplinary Ageing Research and Development Hub Feasibility Study (ongoing) – Project Support

A project to investigate the establishment of such a centre at the University of Glamorgan.

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