William Stockburn

Associate Lecturer in Chemistry

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

JBF 105

+44 (0) 1772 89 4381


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.

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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.


  • BSc. (Hons) Chemistry, University of Wales, Bangor, 2008
  • MSc. Environmental Chemistry, University of Wales, Bangor, 2009
  • PGCE (11-18) Science (Chemistry), Canterbury Christ Church University, 2011
Research Groups


Centre for Materials Science

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Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Will teaches on the following programmes:

  • FdSc Applied Science
  • BSc and MChem (Hons) Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Science programmes.

Module Contributions:

  • FZC001 Chemistry (Tutorial)
  • FZ1024 Chemistry for Forensic Scientists (H and C NMR)
  • FZ1026 Introduction to Chemical Concepts (Mechanisms and Reactions and Reactive Intermediates)
  • FZ1027 Skills for Chemists (Mass Spectrometry)
  • FZ1029 Introduction to the Synthesis and Analysis of Organic Compounds (Organic Synthesis, IR Spec, UV-Vis and Chromatography)
  • FZ2026 Elements of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry (Chemo, Regio and Stereoselectivity)
  • FZ2027 Concepts in Chemistry (Group Theory)
  • FZ2029 Tools for Green Chemistry (Photochemistry, Electrochemistry and Catalysis)
  • FZ3027 Research Topics
  • FZ3200 Research Project