Duncan Parker

Chemistry Teaching FellowDuncan Parker

Email: djp56@le.ac.uk

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Biography:

I graduated from the University of Southampton with an MChem Chemistry (Hons) degree in 2013 having completed a six month placement at Renishaw PLC on the use of confocal Raman microscopy at a near-infrared wavelength. This was followed by my PhD at the University of Southampton investigating the ferroin-catalysed Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, and mapping its behaviour over a wide range of reaction conditions with the ultimate aim of understanding how networks of complex chemical, and biochemical, reactions are affected by changes in environment. Now, I am a Teaching Fellow in Chemistry in Natural Sciences having started in February 2017.

Outreach / science education / public engagement are big passions of mine and I set up Bright Club Southampton along with two physicists and an engineer in 2015. Bright Club is a comedy night where all of the performers are academics discussing their work in a light-hearted (and hopefully humorous!) way – it is quite an experience and one that I think all academics should try at least once.
I was also involved in developing the “Water” project designed to encourage primary school pupils to engage with science as part of the BBC’s Terrific Scientific campaign.

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