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Name:                        Dr Robert Adam Jackson

Business Address: Lennard-Jones Laboratories, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK

Telephone:                  (+44) (0)1782 733042

Fax:                              (+44) (0)1782 712378

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Date of Birth:               9 January 1957

Nationality:                  British


BSc (Hons.) (II.1), Chemistry and Physics (University College London, 1978)

PhD, Potential Functions and Lattice Dynamics of Molecular Crystals (University College London, 1984)

DSc, Computational Solid State Chemistry (University of London, 31 January 2003)

Other Qualifications:

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Keele University, 24 November 2004)

Professional Qualifications:

C.Chem., FRSC (Chartered Chemist; Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry)

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (9 March 2007)

Career History:

  • Acting Head, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Keele University (December 2016 – March 2018)
  • Reader in Chemistry, Keele University, since March 2000
  • Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, Keele University, 1996-2000
  • Lecturer in Chemistry, Keele University; 1988-1996
  • Research Fellow, Chemistry Dept., Keele University; 1986-1988
  • Research Officer, Crystallography Dept., Birkbeck College, London University; 1984-1986
  • Associate Research Assistant, Chemistry Dept, UCL; 1981-1984

Administrative Posts Held:


Current Post

  • Reader in Computational Solid State Chemistry, Keele University
  • Early Resolution Officer, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Previous Posts

  • Acting Head, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences (December 2016 – March 2018)
  • Early Resolution Officer (School of Physical and Geographical Sciences)
  • Senior Personal Tutor, School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
  • Examinations Officer (Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry)
  • Internationalisation Director (School of Physical and Geographical Sciences)
  • Admissions Tutor & Chair, Recruitment Committee (Chemistry)
  • Year Tutor for all Undergraduate years in Chemistry and Forensic Science (not all at the same time!)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies (Chemistry)
  • PGCE/Science Foundation Year Coordinator (Chemistry)
  • Postgraduate Tutor (Chemistry)
  • Subsidiary Courses Tutor (Chemistry)

University posts held

  • Member, University Senate (4 terms of office)
  • Secretary, Board of Natural Sciences
  • Science Faculty Postgraduate Tutor

Outside Bodies

Current Posts

  • External Examiner, Physical Chemistry, University of Bath (2020-2023)
  • External Examiner, Physical Chemistry, University of Huddersfield (2017-2021)
  • External Examiner, Chemistry Programmes, Sheffield Hallam University (2016-2020)
  • Treasurer, RSC Applied Materials Chemistry Group (2019-)
  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review College
  • Chair, RSC Local Section (2019-)

Previous Posts

  • Chair, RSC Solid State Chemistry Group
  • North Staffs RSC Local Section Committee (Chair, Vice-Chair , Meetings Secretary)
  • Secretary, RSC Polar Solids Group
  • Member of UK Computational Chemistry Working Party
  • Recorder for Chemistry, British Science Association (formerly the BA)
  • External Examiner for Chemistry Programmes (University of Surrey) 2009-2012
  • External Examiner for Forensic Science Programmes (University of Kent) 2010-2014
  • External Examiner for Forensic Science Programmes (Nottingham Trent University) 2012-2016
  • External Examiner, Chemistry with Molecular Modelling Degree Programme, Trinity College Dublin (2016-2019)
  • Treasurer, RSC Solid State Chemistry Group (2016-2020)

Teaching Experience:

(a) Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry

Science Foundation Year/PGCE/Chemistry Enhancement

  • General and Physical Chemistry

Complementary Studies/Electives Programme

  • Environmental Chemistry

First Year

  • Structure and Bonding
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Mathematics for Chemistry

Second Year

  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Statistical Thermodynamics
  • X-ray Diffraction

Third and Fourth Year

  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Solid State Chemistry
  • Computational Solid State Chemistry (MChem)
  • Supervision of Research Projects

(b) Forensic Science

First Year

  • Quantitative Skills in Forensic Science

Second Year

  • Digital Forensics

Third Year

  • Arson and Ballistics
  • Supervision of dissertation based assignments

Supervision of PhD students and postdocs

I have supervised 13 students and 3 postdocs at Keele, and co-supervised 3 PhD students based at other institutions.