• 765 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
1991 …2020

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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, then Senior Lecturer in Analytical Science. In 2012 I became Reader in Analytical Science. I am Course Leader for the MSc Analytical Science and the MSc Forensic Science courses.

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.

In 2018 the Thermal Methods Research Unit was formed by Dr Gareth Parkes, Dr Lindsay Harding, Prof Eneritus Edward Charsley, Dr Lisa Gillie and Dr Gage Ashton. The unit focuses on thermal analysis, thermal analysis linked to mass spectrometry and thermal processing.

Research Expertise and Interests

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

  • Novel thermal analysis techniques based on induction and microwave heating
  • Linking thernal analysis techniques, such as hostage microscopy, to ambient ionisation mass spectrometry
  • Sample controlled thermal analysis (SCTA)
  • Thermal analsysis / thermal processing of materials ranging from mixed metal oxides to pharmaceuticals

I also have forensic research interests in

  • Monitoring of VOCs of forensic importance using headspace and thermal desorption GC-MS (with Dr Natasha Reed)
  • Analysis of the damage to textiles caused by bladed weapons (with Dr Esta Bostock)

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Research Output

  • 765 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 65 Article
  • 3 Conference article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Special issue

Adsorption of Procion Red MX-5B dye from aqueous solution using homemade peach and commercial activated carbons

Ribas, M. C., De Franco, M. A. E., Adebayo, M. A., Lima, E. C., Parkes, G. M. B. & Feris, L. A., 3 Jun 2020, In : Applied Water Science. 10, 6, 13 p., 154.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Self‐Assembled Anion‐Binding Cryptand for the Selective Liquid–Liquid Extraction of Phosphate Anions

    Andrews, R., Begum, S., Clemett, C., Faulkner, R., Ginger, M., Harmer, J., Molinari, M., Parkes, G., Qureshi, Z. M. H., Rice, C., Ward, M., Williams, H. & Wilson, P., 2 Sep 2020, In : Angewandte Chemie. 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    • 1 Membership of committee
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation)

    Gareth Parkes (Chair)

    Apr 2018Apr 2022

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    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