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I graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry. After studying analytical chemistry at the University of Liverpool and computer interfacing at Middlesex Polytechnic I went on to work in The Catalysis Research Unit under Prof. Phil Barnes at Leeds Metropolitan University, obtaining my PhD there in the area of novel thermal analysis techniques. After spending a year at the University of Central Lancashire, I moved to the University of Huddersfield and became a lecturer in Analytical Chemistry.

I have taught a range of topics including physical and analytical chemistry but, since 2002, I have been mainly involved on our Forensic & Analytical Science degree being responsible for the 1st and 2nd year Practical Forensic Science modules and also contributing to the Crime Scene Investigation module.

Research Expertise and Interests

My main reserach interests lie in thermal analysis / thermal processing and include:

  • Novel thermal analysis techniques based on induction and microwave heating
  • Sample controlled thermal analysis (SCTA)
  • Thermal analsysis of materials ranging from mixed metal oxides to pharmaceuticals
  • Linking hot-stage microscopy to ambient ionisation mass spectrometry

I also have forensic reserach interests in

  • Monitoring of decomposition VOCs using headspace and thermal desorption GC-MS
  • Clothing damage analysis 

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 1991 2020

Open Access
Differential thermal analysis
thermal analysis
Mass spectrometry
Microscopic examination
Thermal expansion
1 Citation (Scopus)

Characterizing Drug-Polymer Bead Interactions Using Isothermal Titration Calorimetry

Swaine, T., Garcia, P., Tang, Y., Lewis, A., Parkes, G. & Waters, L., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 108, 5, p. 1772-1778 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Formation of a Bile Salt-Drug Hydrogel to Predict Human Intestinal Absorption

Shokry, D. S., Waters, L. J., Parkes, G. M. B., Mitchell, J. C. & Snowden, M. J., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 108, 1, p. 279-287 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Intestinal Absorption
Bile Acids and Salts
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Identification of decomposition volatile organic compounds from surface-deposited and submerged porcine remains

Irish, L., Rennie, S., Parkes, G. & Williams, A., 1 Sep 2019, In : Science and Justice. 59, 5, p. 503-515 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Volatile Organic Compounds

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Oral presentation

Identification of Decomposition Odors That Elicit a Response From Trained Cadaver Dogs

Lorna Irish (Speaker), Gareth Parkes (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Anna Williams (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
22 Feb 201627 Feb 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation