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First degree: BSc(Hons) Applied Chemistry, University of Salford (1989). PhD: Synthetic Organic Chemistry (Synthesis of Four Membered Ring Nitrogen Heterocycles) supervised by Dr R K Smalley, University of Salford (1993). Postdoctoral work (1993 - 1995): Universities of East Anglia and York with Professor R J K Taylor on the synthesis of polyene natural products, such as vitamin A, using pyrylium heterocycles.

I lectured in organic chemistry at the Universities of Bath (1995 - 1996) and Hertfordshire (1996 - 2001), before being appointed to the staff at the University of Huddersfield in August 2001, where I am currently Reader in Organic Chemistry and Course Leader for Chemical Sciences.

Teaching Areas: foundations of organic chemistry, functional group chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry for pharmacy students, organic chemistry for forensic sciences, carbonyl chemistry, organic synthesis, techniques of practical organic chemistry.

Other Duties: Year Tutor for Year 2 MChem; Course Leader for Chemistry and Forensic & Analytical Science.

External roles: Secretary and Treasurer of the Royal Society of Chemistry Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group 2008-2011 with responsibility for the organisation of the Grasmere Heterocyclic Symposium 2009 and 2011; board of referees for the journal Tetrahedron; regular reviewer for the Journal of Chemical Research, and reviewer for Journal of Organic Chemistry, Tetrahedron Letters and Organic Letters.

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Research Output

Thermodynamics of clay – Drug complex dispersions: Isothermal titration calorimetry and high-performance liquid chromatography

Totea, A-M., Sabin, J., Dorin, I., Hemming, K., Laity, P., Conway, B., Waters, L. & Asare-Addo, K., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis. 10, 1, p. 78-85 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Effect of Plasma Surface Treatment of Poly(dimethylsiloxane) on the Permeation of Pharmaceutical Compounds

    Waters, L., Finch, C., Bhuiyan, A., Hemming, K. & Mitchell, J., Oct 2017, In : Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis. 7, 5, p. 338-342 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    N-Alkylation and Aminohydroxylation of 2-Azidobenzenesulfonamide Gives a Pyrrolobenzothiadiazepine Precursor whereas Attempted N-Alkylation of 2-Azidobenzamide Gives Benzotriazinones and Quinazolinones

    Hamasharif, M. S., Smith, O. E. P., Curran, C. J. & Hemming, K., 31 Mar 2017, In : ACS Omega. 2, 3, p. 1222-1231 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    The Synthesis and Chemistry of Azolobenzodiazepines

    Hemming, K., 8 Feb 2017, Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry. Scriven, E. & Ramsden, C. (eds.). Elsevier, Vol. 123. p. 63-103 41 p.

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    • 1 Poster presentation

    NF-κB independent anti-inflammatory properties of biochanin A analogue

    Izabela Lepiarz (Speaker), Mireia Boluda Navarro (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Farideh Javid (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Karl Hemming (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Olumayokun Olajide (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
    18 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPoster presentation