John Parkinson


  • United Kingdom

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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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Research Output

A regioselectively 1, 1',3 ,3'-tetrazincated ferrocene complex displaying core and peripheral reactivity

Honeyman, G. W., Armstrong, D. R., Clegg, W., Hevia, E., Kennedy, A. R., McLellan, R., Orr, S. A., Parkinson, J. A., Ramsay, D. L., Robertson, S. D., Towie, S. & Mulvey, R. E., 27 Mar 2020, In : Chemical Science. 11 p.

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    Bis(phosphine)hydridorhodacarborane derivatives of 1,1'-bis(ortho-carborane) and their catalysis of alkene isomerization and the hydrosilylation of acetophenone

    Chan, A. P. Y., Parkinson, J. A., Rosair, G. M. & Welch, A. J., 3 Feb 2020, In : Inorganic Chemistry. 59, 3, p. 2011-2023 13 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Automated, quantitative process analysis by NMR

    Author: Watson, S., 19 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: Parkinson, J. (Supervisor) & Nordon, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

    John Parkinson (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Election to learned society


    Analytical Chemistry (Journal)

    John Parkinson (Peer reviewer)
    1 Jul 2020

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

    NMRbox Virtual Summer Workshop Series: NMR Processing, Visualization, Analysis and Dynamics with NMRFx Analyst and RING NMR Dynamics

    John Parkinson (Participant)
    30 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


    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