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James Bennett

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Education, Faculty of Science


Teaching Summary

Module convenor for

  • CHEM1025: An Introduction to Structure, Periodicity and Coordination Chemistry (Part A) [Apprenticeship]
  • CHEM1026: An Introduction to Structure, Periodicity and Coordination Chemistry (Part B) [Apprenticeship]
  • CHEM1032: Sustainable Chemistry [Apprenticeship]
  • CHEM2023: General Inorganic Chemistry (Part A) [Apprenticeship]
  • CHEM2024: General Inorganic Chemistry (Part B) [Apprenticeship]
  • CHEM2027: Principles of Analytical Chemistry [Apprenticeship]

Contributing lecturer to

  • CHEM2007: General Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM2012: Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM3027: BSc Project

Academic tutor for level 1 - 3 modules in inorganic chemistry

Supervisor of year 3 Inorganic Practical Research Projects and year 4 MSc projects in Chemical Education

Past Research

Dr Bennett has worked as a researcher on a number of interdisciplinary projects, with a focus on the design, testing and optimisation of a range of different heterogeneous catalysts.

Practical skills

  • Substantial experience in preparative inorganic and organic chemistry and catalytic testing.

  • Inert atmosphere techniques (glove-box and Schlenk line).

  • Experienced user of large scale, high-pressure autoclaves and continuous flow reactors.

  • Advanced user of analytical techniques including:

  • X-ray diffraction (determination of phase and particle size, in-situ techniques)

  • Porosimetry surface areas/pore size distributions of micro/mesoporous solids

  • FTIR/DRIFTS/ATR spectroscopies (analysis of macromolecular solids)

  • Chemisorption studies (determination of active metal site properties)

  • GC and HPLC (determination of reaction progress, maintenance and calibration)

  • multinuclear NMR (1H, 13C, 19F, 31P, 77Se characterisation)

  • Knowledge and use of mass spectroscopy, SEM, EDXA, ICP-OES, TGA, TPD/TPO.

  • Experience in preparation and compliance of safety documentation such as Safe Operating Procedures, COSHH and risk assessments and handling of hazardous chemicals/waste.

  • Chemistry programmes such as XWin (NMR), MestreC (NMR), Chemdraw (drawing), Scifinder Scholar, Web of Science (searching), SpartanPro and Mercury (modelling)

School of Chemistry

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