Dr. Jennifer Readman

Dr. Jennifer Readman

Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

JB Firth Building, JBF109

+44 (0) 1772 89 3598

Subject Areas: Chemistry

Jennifer's background in in solid state inorganic chemistry and she teaches various aspects of inorganic and physical chemistry on the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees programmes. Her research is based predominately into microporous materials, such as zeolites, titanium silicates and metal phosphates. She is interested in all aspects of their chemistry such as their synthesis, structure and uses.

Jennifer is research active within the area of materials science and is a member of the Functional Materials Research Group.

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Dr Readman was awarded a Bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford and then went on to study for a PhD at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Dr. Paul Anderson. The PhD work involved the use of zeolite frameworks to acts as host for metal and metal oxide nanoparticles.

Postdoctoral work was carried out at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where the project involved using 17-O solid state NMR to study zeolites. Followed by SINTEF in Oslo, Norway where the research project investigated carbon dioxide absorbents for use in the clean fuel production.

After returning to the UK Dr Readman returned to the University of Birmingham working on a joint chemistry/biochemistry project with Dr. Joe Hriljac and Prof. Lynne Macaskie investigating synthetic and bio-manufactured layered phosphates for the remediation of nuclear waste. Before coming to work at UCLan, Dr Readman worked at Durham University under the supervision of Prof. John Evans working on negative thermal expansion materials.

Research interests lie in the area of solid state chemistry and particularly in the relationship between the structure of a material and it’s properties. Main interests lie in materials such as zeolites and phosphates and techniques such as powder X-ray diffraction in the laboratory and at synchrotron sources such as the Diamond Light Source. Dr Readman is also interested in diffuse scattering, electron microscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and solid state NMR.


BA (Hons) Chemistry, Oxford University, 1996

PhD Chemistry, University of Birmingham, 2001


“Synthesis and structural characterisation using Rietveld and pair distribution function analysis of layered mixed titanium-zirconium phosphates”, V. A. Burnell, J. E. Readman, C. C. Tang, J. E. Parker, S. P. Thompson and J. A. Hriljac, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 183, 2196 (2010)

“Biorecovery of uranium from aqueous solutions at the expense of phytic acid”, M. Paterson-Beedle, J. E. Readman, J. A. Hriljac and L. E. Macaskie, Hydrometallurgy, 104, 524 (2010)

More publications


British Zeolite Association

British Crystallographic Association


Jennifer is involved in various project in the areas microporous materials and structural characterisation of materials using scattering techniques.


Jennifer is course leader for BSc (Hons) and MChem Chemistry degree programmes and BSc (Hons) Forensic Chemistry degree.

She also teaches inorganic and physical chemistry on all years of the undergraduate chemistry/forensic chemistry degrees and also the MSc in Instrumental Analysis.