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Personal Statement

John Parkinson is a career-track academic applications specialist in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy with a wealth of interdisciplinary research experience. He is head of NMR spectroscopy at Strathclyde having joined the University in November 2001 from positions as NMR spectroscopist with the Metals-in-Medicine group and the EPSRC National Ultra High Field NMR Facility at the University of Edinburgh (1990-2001).

Research Interests

Research interests include understanding the factors that drive molecular recognition and assembly in biomolecular systems, exploring enzyme reactivity and substrate demand in the context of complex natural product mixtures, defining applications for new experimental developments in the field of NMR spectroscopy, monitoring chemical and biochemical reaction processes and in understanding molecular structure, dynamics and mechanism in the broadest sense.

Expertise & Capabilities

John is an expert in the solution-phase aspects of NMR spectroscopy and has wide knowledge of practical experimental NMR methods, NMR instrumentation, NMR data handling and interpretation, NMR laboratory management as well as skills in writing, teaching, molecular modelling, research project supervision, examining at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and disemination of research findings through conference oral and poster presentations. John is also involved in shaping future national UK-wide and local area policy on NMR equipment provision and is a serving member (honourary treasurer) of the Royal Society of Chemistry NMR Discussion Group.

Industrial Relevance

John has involvement with the supervision of industry-based research students and interacts with industrial bodies through their interactions with the Strathclyde NMR Unit.

Teaching Interests

John teaches NMR spectroscopy to third year undergraduate Chemistry students and Biomolecular, Structure, Dynamics and Mechanism to final year Chemistry with Drug Discovery and postgraduate diploma in Medicinal Chemistry. He also delivers a course in NMR spectroscopy to postgraduate researchers.

Academic / Professional qualifications

John qualified with a PhD from the University of Leeds (1989) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds

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Projects 2010 2021

Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Mullen, Declan

Moreira, V., Parkinson, J. & Mullen, D.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 1998 2019

Developing a method to determine the flux of material arriving and leaving a crystal at equilibrium

Nguyen, T. T. H., Vesga, J., Parkinson, J. & Price, C. J., 9 Jul 2019, p. 74. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
surface layers

Investigation of molecular and mesoscale clusters in undersaturated glycine aqueous solutions

Zimbitas, G., Jawor-Baczynska, A., Vesga, M. J., Javid, N., Moore, B. D., Parkinson, J. & Sefcik, J., 20 Oct 2019, In : Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 579, 8 p., 123633.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
molecular clusters
Amino acids
aqueous solutions



Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

John Parkinson (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2008 2019

Scientific Reports (Journal)

John Parkinson (Peer reviewer)
11 Nov 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review

Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry (Journal)

John Parkinson (Peer reviewer)
4 Nov 201925 Nov 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review


Bee venom research drives industrial Drug Discovery initiative in Republic of Korea

Mark Dufton (Participant), David Watson (Participant), John Parkinson (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services