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Jeremy Hopwood is a Senior Lecturer in chemistry and has worked at the University of Huddersfield since 2005. Jeremy’s first degree was from The University of Salford in 1989 where he studied applied chemistry. It was whilst undertaking placements at The Freshwater Biological Association, Bowness and at Unilever Research, Port Sunlight that he became interested in environmental chemistry and mineralogy. After graduating he worked as a physical scientist at the Flour Milling and Baking Research Association, Chorleywood. He then undertook a PhD in crystal growth at The University of Bath. The subject of his research was the crystallisation of barium sulphate in different environments including water, mixtures of water and additives, microemulsions and in deep-sea xenophyophore protozoa. After completing his doctorate he moved to The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) to study the formation of inorganic coatings on lead water pipes. The work was funded by United Utilities at the time when the limit for lead in tap water was reduced from 50ppm to 25ppm. Further work on lead in tap water was undertaken whilst working for Pipeline Developments, Salford.

Jeremy then undertook a career change and freelanced in education for a number of organisations including Stockport County Football Club and Concept Cartoons before undertaking a PGCE in secondary science at The Manchester Metropolitan University. After teaching A-level Chemistry for 3 years, he returned to academia to take up the position of science communicator at The University of Huddersfield. Since then, Jeremy has designed and facilitated numerous science workshops for schools and colleges. He has worked closely with the Royal Society of Chemistry and was involved in the prestigious RSC “Chemistry: The Next Generation” project. He has also organised large RSC Chemistry@Work events and regularly runs qualifying heats for the RSC Top of the Bench Competition and Schools’ Analyst Competition. In 2008, he helped the University obtain the Guinness World Record© for the longest model of DNA, which was built in 57 minutes with staff, university students, students from local sixthforms and teachers. Jeremy runs secondary and sixthform workshops with the National Coal Mining Museum of England called ‘What’s in Our Water’, which looks at the science behind acid mine drainage. He has also worked with Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, providing STEM workshops for primary schools and two summer science camps. The later was funded in 2016 by The RSC Outreach Fund. In October 2016, he was awarded 2nd place in recognition of valuable contributions to the community by "Communities Who Can".

As well as his science communicator role Jeremy has continued to work on lead in tap water. He obtained two small grants from Yorkshire Water in 2010 - 2011 and a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) grant with Yorkshire Water in 2012 – 2014. During this time the limit for lead in tap water was reduced from 25ppm to 10ppm. He is very interested in the minerals that grow on the pipe, their solubilities and how they control the concentration of lead in tap water.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Lead in tapwater

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Barium Sulfate Chemical Compounds
Barite Engineering & Materials Science
Water Chemical Compounds
Microemulsions Chemical Compounds
Barium Engineering & Materials Science
barite Physics & Astronomy
Liquid Crystals Chemical Compounds
Microcrystals Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1988 2016

6 Citations (Scopus)

The Identification and Synthesis of Lead Apatite Minerals Formed in Lead Water Pipes

Hopwood, J. D., Derrick, G. R., Brown, D. R., Newman, C. D., Haley, J., Kershaw, R. & Collinge, M., 2016, In : Journal of Chemistry. 2016, p. 1-11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
15 Citations (Scopus)

The structure of a supersaturated solution: A neutron scattering study of aqueous urea

Burton, R. C., Ferrari, E. S., Davey, R. J., Hopwood, J., Quayle, M. J., Finney, J. L. & Bowron, D. T., 1 May 2008, In : Crystal Growth and Design. 8, 5, p. 1559-1565 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Neutron scattering
neutron scattering
13 Citations (Scopus)

Unusual morphological and microstructural features of synthetic calcite induced by acrylate/styrene copolymers

Moore, L., Hopwood, J. D. & Davey, R. J., 15 Jan 2004, In : Journal of Crystal Growth. 261, 1, p. 93-98 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Calcium Carbonate
10 Citations (Scopus)

Development of chloropyromorphite coatings for lead water pipes

Hopwood, J. D., Davey, R. J., Jones, M. O., Pritchard, R. G., Cardew, P. T. & Booth, A., 30 Apr 2002, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry. 12, 6, p. 1717-1723 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

159 Citations (Scopus)

Formation of BaSO4 fibres with morphological complexity in aqueous polymer solutions

Qi, L., Cölfen, H., Antonietti, M., Li, M., Hopwood, J. D., Ashley, A. J. & Mann, S., 17 Aug 2001, In : Chemistry - A European Journal. 7, 16, p. 3526-3532 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Polymer solutions

Activities 2018 2019

  • 5 Invited talk
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Publication Peer-review

Corrosion control - industry collaboration workshop

Jeremy Hopwood (Speaker)
1 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Environmental Science & Technology (Journal)

Jeremy Hopwood (Reviewer)
15 Feb 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Thames Water and Yorkshire Water joint workshop on lead

Jeremy Hopwood (Organiser)
26 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Lead in tap water: Why phosphate dosing works and can the process be improved? DWI

Jeremy Hopwood (Speaker)
6 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Towards Greater Understanding of Lead in Drinking Water. Cranfield University

Jeremy Hopwood (Speaker)
2 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Defrosting Your Car Windscreen

Jeremy Hopwood


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Research with Yorkshire Water to reduce lead in water supplies

Jeremy Hopwood


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Dickie Bird, DNA and a World Record!

Jeremy Hopwood


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Museum helps science students

Jeremy Hopwood


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities