Dr Jennifer Readman
Senior Lecturer in Materials Chemistry, Course Leader for BSc(Hons) and MChem Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences
Jennifer's background is 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, metal substituted silicates. She is interested in all aspects of their chemistry such as their synthesis, structure and uses.
Jennifer teaching many different aspects of inorganic and physical chemistry across all year of the undergraduate chemistry programmes. Topics include Structure & Bonding in inorganic chemistry. X-ray diffraction, Chemistry of the s and p block elements, Introductory d-block chemistry, Advanced structural techniques, Group theory and Advanced Materials Chemistry. She is the Course Leader for the undergraduate BSc(Hons) and MChem Chemistry programmes. 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, metal-organic frameworks and metal silicates, and also techniques such as powder X-ray diffraction in the laboratory and at synchrotron sources such as the Diamond Light Source. These materials have applications in industry, predominately in the treatment of nuclear and pharmaceutical waste. Dr Readman is also interested in diffuse scattering, electron microscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and solid state NMR.
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.
- PhD Chemistry, University of Birmingham, 2001
- BA(Hons) Chemistry, University of Oxford 1996
- Zeolite chemistry and phosphate chemistry
- Metal-organic framework materials
- Negative thermal expansion materials
- Metal cluster species in solution
- Diffraction methods, total scattering and structure solution
- Ion-exchange materials for waste remediation and materials for catalysis
- X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy
- X-ray absorption spectroscopy
- Luminescent materials
- Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- Member of the American Chemical Society
- Member of the British Crystallographic Association
- Committee Member of the British Zeolite Association
- External Examiner for University of Western Scotland
- Editorial board member for Scientific Reports
Jennifer's current research interests involve the synthesis and structural characterisation of inorganic materials. The main focus of her research is on mircoporous materials such as zeolites and also zeotypes such as titanium and zirconium silicates and the relationship between the structure of materials and their physical properties. These materials have a wide range of uses in everyday life. Some are used as ion-exchange materials, where harmful cations can be removed from water and replaced by less harmful species. As the pore sizes in these materials can be altered during the synthesis stage they can be used as molecular sieves and selective adsorbents. Here, our aim is to determine the optimum materials to selectively adsorb environmental pollutants such as those found in pharmaceutical waste or those used in the recovery of unconventional hydrocarbons. Another area of research is in metal-organic frameworks. These are hybrid materials that can be used in catalysis and as sensors and adsorbents. The research being carried out here is focused on investigating their stability and degradation, which will impact how long they can be used in a particular industrial processes.
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- Centre for Smart Materials
- Centre for Field Archaeology and Forensic Taphonomy
- Synthesis, characterisation and ion-exchange properties of zirconium & vanadium substituted titanium silicates for the remediation of nuclear waste.
- The structure of microporous zirconium silicates and ion-exchange chemistry for the remediation of nuclear waste.
- The structure of metal cluster species in solution.
- The use of porous materials to absorb pharmaceutical waste.
- The stability of zirconium containing metal-organic frameworks.
- Zeolites to treat waste from unconventional hydrocarbons.
- The high-temperature / high pressure structural chemistry of microporous zirconium silicates
- Preparation of luminescent nanoparticles using zeolites as host materials for use in high temperature applications.
- Synthesis, characterisation and ion-exchange properties of metal-substituted zirconium phosphates for the remediation of nuclear waste
- Synthesis, structural characterisation aluminium phosphates and related materials and their use at catalysts.
- Microfocus XRF studies of Anglo-Saxon brooches from the Oakington site in collaboration with Dr Duncan Sayer (UCLan Archaeology)
- Invited research seminar: School of Physical Science & Technology, ShanghaiTech University, 2019
- Poster presentation: European Crystallography meeting, Oviedo Spain, 2018
- Contributed talk: 6th International Workshop on Layered Materials, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, 2016
- Invited talk: SPEAR2 Nuclear Waste symposium, Sheffield University, 2016
- Invited research seminar: Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Sheffield University, 2015
- Contributed talk: European Crystallography meeting, Rovinj Croatia, 2015
- Invited talk: Lanthanide-bearing Materials and Solutes: Characterisation and Properties, Manchester University, 2014
- Invited talk: British Zeolite Association conference, Glasgow , 2014
- Poster presentation: International Union of Crystallography meeting, Montreal Canada, 2014
- Contributed talk: European Powder Diffraction conference, Warsaw, Poland, 2014
- Invited talk: European Crystallography meeting, Marrakesh, Morocco, 2007