School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
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Subject Areas: Chemistry, Forensic Science
Will's background was in theoretical/computational chemistry. However, since joining UCLan in 2013 he has broadened his research interest in to physical/organic and medicinal chemistry where his research focuses on the synthesis and design of compounds with photo-physical properties.
Will Stockburn completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Wales, Bangor, where he carried out research under the supervision of Dr Gregory Chass. His research was focussed around the quantum mechanical analysis of spider silk (protein) peptide motifs.
Will then went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary and Further Education where he gained experience in teaching science in a range of schools across the Burnley and Pendle area.
After completing his teacher training Will worked at Burnley College for three years as a College Lecturer in Chemistry and Environmental Science where he taught A level Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Geography and BTEC Forensic Science. During this time he started his own YouTube channel called QUICKCHEM, which focusses around the production of bite size chemistry revision videos.
As well as the above, Will has experience working as a surface treatment specialist for the restoration of antique firearms and shotguns and in the aerospace industry as a chemical analyst.
Since joining UCLan in 2013 Will has re-ignited his passion for research and is currently completing his PhD is Physical Organic and Medicinal Chemistry. Alongside this he is enthusiastic about the engagement and communication of science, particularly chemistry, to the public. He has taken up the lead role in organising the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools’ Analyst Competition regional heats held at UCLan as well as developing and performing the ‘THIS-IS-CHEMISTRY’ show at the Lancashire Science Festival with Dr. Anna Kirkham.
Research Interests lie within the area of medicinal and photo-chemistry, particularly the synthesis of cold light activated photodynamic (CLAP) compounds.
Centre for Materials Science
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