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Expert in Chemistry, Crystallography, Crystalline Solids, Polymorphism, Hydrates and Pharmaceuticals

Expert ID: 729237 United Kingdom

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Expert has extensive experience in research on crystalline molecular solids, X-ray and neutron crystallography, coordination chemistry and supramolecular chemistry (RSC Meldola Medal; Bob Hay Lectureship; Corday-Morgan Prize). His research involved organic solid state chemistry, crystallography, polymorphism, solid form and cocrystals. He is a pioneer of the use of supramolecular gels in pharmaceutical crystal growth He has received funding from government and industry for work on metallogels, crystalline hydrates and on low symmetry crystal packing. He is involved with solid form discovery (polymorphism), organic and inorganic synthesis and all aspects of the chemistry of the way in which molecules interact with one another. He has worked as an expert witenss in the UK, US and Canada on a number of pharmaceutical and solid form patent litigations.

Prof. Expert acted as an expert witness for a generic pharma in a long-running litigation for an anti-cancer drug. After his testimony by deposition the case settled on highly favourable terms for the client.Prof. Expert undertook X-ray Powder diffraction measurements both in Japan and at the NLS (Brookhaven) synchrotron for an innovator pharmaceutical company. These measurements and his deposition testimony were used extensively in the final settlement.Prof. Expert undertook laboratory work in his own labs for a generic pharmaceutical company in order to assure them that their proposed patent challenge was on secure scientific grounds.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1993 Degree: PhD Subject: Chemistry Institution: University College London
Year: 1990 Degree: BSc Subject: Chemistry Institution: University College London

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor of Chemistry Department: Chemistry Responsibilities: Research and teaching in Chemistry
Years: 2004 to 2007 Employer: Durham University Title: Reader in Chemistry Department: Chemistry Responsibilities: Research and teaching in Chemistry
Years: 1999 to 2004 Employer: King's College London Title: Reader in Chemistry Department: Chemistry Responsibilities: Research and teaching in Chemistry
Years: 1995 to 1999 Employer: King's College London Title: Lecturer in Chemistry Department: Chemistry Responsibilities: Research and teaching in Chemistry
Years: 1993 to 1995 Employer: Science and Engineering Research Council Title: NATO Postdoctoral Fellow Department: Chemistry Responsibilities: Research in Chemistry

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Member EPSRC Peer Review College. Associate Editor for Chemical Communications (RSC flagship journal). Associate Editor for New Journal of Chemistry (RSC/CNRS “all branches” journal). Member ISIS neutron crystallography Facility Access Panel (powder and single crystal). Expert international reviewer neutron powder diffraction access, Bragg Institute, ANSTO, Australia for powder diffraction instruments ECHIDNA (high resolution) and WOMBAT (high intensity). Stokes Professorship Review Panellist for Science Foundation Ireland, Dublin. Member editorial advisory board for Chemical Communications. Member editorial advisory board for Journal of Supramolecular Chemistry. Member editorial advisory board for CrystEngComm. Member editorial board for Main Group Chemistry. Member editorial board for open access journal Molbank. Visiting Professor, Monash University, Australia. Invited Visiting Professor, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg. National Organising Committee International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry. Australian Research Council 'expert of international standing'. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem FRSC), Member of the British Crystallographic Association (BCA). Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Member BCA Chemical Crystallography Group Committee and organizer BCA Autumn meeting. Referee for Nature, Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, most RSC journals (Chem. Commun., Dalton, NJC etc.), Inorganica Chimica Acta, Supramolecular Chemistry, J. Supramol. Chem., Mendeleev Commun. and others. Ph.D. examiner nationally (Imperial College London, University College London, King’s College London, Durham, Queen Mary, Bath, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Surrey, Loughborough, Sheffield, Nottingham Trent, Edinburgh) and internationally (Monash and UWA, Australia, Cape Town and Stellenbosch Universities, South Africa, National University of Singapore, University of Valencia, Spain and University of Jyväskylä, Finalnd). External M.Sc. Course Examiner, University College London, External Undergraduate Examiner Nottingham Trent University. ISIS Target Station II LMX co-proposer and member of the Instrument Advisory Committee
Awards / Recognition
Royal Society of Chemistry Corday–Morgan Prize, Royal Society of Chemistry Bob Hay Lectureship, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision, Royal Society of Chemistry Meldola Medal, American Institute of Chemists Best Postdoctoral Research Worker Prize, University of Missouri, Ramsay Medal for best Ph.D. in chemistry, University College London.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published ca. 300 papers in respected refereed scientific journals. He has also co-authored two textbooks (Supramolecular Chemistry, Wiley, 2000 & 2nd ed. 2009, and Core Concepts in Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanochemistry, Wiley, 2007) as well as a number of book chapters on aspects of supramolecular chemistry. He has edited the Encyclopaedia of Supramolecular Chemistry (Dekker, 2004) and Organic Nanostructures (Wiley-VCH, 2008). He is the author of a number of reviews and popular articles in journals such as Nature and Science. He was associate editor of the RSC/CNRS journal New. J. Chem. from 2001–2009 and is currently Associate Editor for Chemical Communications. He is a member of a number of international editorial boards and advisory boards. He has given over 50 invited and keynote lectures at a large number of international conferences. Expert’s work has been cited ca. 10,000 times, and he has a citations H-factor of 50.

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