Dr John Parkinson

Senior Research Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

John Parkinson is a career-track academic applications specialist in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy with a wealth of interdisciplinary research experience. He is head of NMR spectroscopy at Strathclyde having joined the University in November 2001 from positions as NMR spectroscopist with the Metals-in-Medicine group and the EPSRC National Ultra High Field NMR Facility at the University of Edinburgh (1990-2001).


Has expertise in:

    John is an expert in the solution-phase aspects of NMR spectroscopy and has wide knowledge of practical experimental NMR methods, NMR instrumentation, NMR data handling and interpretation, NMR laboratory management as well as skills in writing, teaching, molecular modelling, research project supervision, examining at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and disemination of research findings through conference oral and poster presentations. John is also involved in shaping future national UK-wide and local area policy on NMR equipment provision and is a serving member (honourary treasurer) of the Royal Society of Chemistry NMR Discussion Group.

Prizes and awards

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

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John qualified with a PhD from the University of Leeds (1989) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).


A regioselectively 1, 1',3 ,3'-tetrazincated ferrocene complex displaying core and peripheral reactivity
Honeyman Gordon W, Armstrong David R, Clegg William, Hevia Eva, Kennedy Alan R, McLellan Ross, Orr Samantha A, Parkinson John A, Ramsay Donna L, Robertson Stuart D, Towie Stephen, Mulvey Robert E
Chemical Science Vol 11, pp. 6510-6520 (2020)
New reductive rearrangement of N-Arylindoles triggered by the Grubbs-Stoltz reagent Et3SiH/KOtBu
Smith Andrew J, Dimitrova Daniela, Arokianathar Jude N, Kolodziejczak Krystian, Young Allan, Allison Mark, Poole Darren L, Leach Stuart G, Parkinson John A, Tuttle Tell, Murphy John A
Chemical Science Vol 11, pp. 3719-3726 (2020)
Bis(phosphine)hydridorhodacarborane derivatives of 1,1'-bis(ortho-carborane) and their catalysis of alkene isomerization and the hydrosilylation of acetophenone
Chan Anthony PY, Parkinson John A, Rosair Georgina M, Welch Alan J
Inorganic Chemistry Vol 59, pp. 2011-2023 (2020)
Investigation of molecular and mesoscale clusters in undersaturated glycine aqueous solutions
Zimbitas Georgina, Jawor-Baczynska Anna, Vesga Maria Jazmin, Javid Nadeem, Moore Barry D, Parkinson John, Sefcik Jan
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects Vol 579 (2019)
Metabolomic profiling of the immune stimulatory effect of eicosenoids on PMA-differentiated THP-1 cells
Alqarni Abdulmalik M, Dissanayake Tharushi, Nelson David J, Parkinson John A, Dufton Mark J, Ferro Valerie A, Watson David G
Vaccines Vol 7 (2019)
Developing a method to determine the flux of material arriving and leaving a crystal at equilibrium
Nguyen Thai Thu Hien, Vesga Jazmin, Parkinson John, Price Chris John
50th Annual Conference of the British Association of Crystal Growth, pp. 74 (2019)

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John teaches NMR spectroscopy to third year undergraduate Chemistry students and Biomolecular, Structure, Dynamics and Mechanism to final year Chemistry with Drug Discovery and postgraduate diploma in Medicinal Chemistry. He also delivers a course in NMR spectroscopy to postgraduate researchers.

Research interests

Research interests include understanding the factors that drive molecular recognition and assembly in biomolecular systems, exploring enzyme reactivity and substrate demand in the context of complex natural product mixtures, defining applications for new experimental developments in the field of NMR spectroscopy, monitoring chemical and biochemical reaction processes and in understanding molecular structure, dynamics and mechanism in the broadest sense.

Professional activities

Development of novel 2D NMR Techniques for Mixture Analysis
Journal of Orthopaedic Research (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Analytical Chemistry (Journal)
Peer reviewer
NMRbox Virtual Summer Workshop Series: NMR Processing, Visualization, Analysis and Dynamics with NMRFx Analyst and RING NMR Dynamics
NMRbox Virtual Summer Workshop Series
Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Mullen, Declan
Moreira, Vania (Principal Investigator) Parkinson, John (Co-investigator) Mullen, Declan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2021
A National Network for Applications of High-Field NMR in the Life and Physical Sciences
Parkinson, John (Principal Investigator)
A National Network for Applications of High-Field NMR in the Life and Physical Sciences
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
MGB Formulations
Suckling, Colin (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Parkinson, John (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 30-Jan-2012
Photocatalysis for Organic Synthesis
Mills, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Parkinson, John (Co-investigator)
Inorganic semiconductors such as TiO2 are known to generate free radicals when irradiated with UV-visible light in the presence of suitable substrates. This project will explore the chemistry of such radicals with the particular objective of identifying and optimising free radical addition reactions which will be beneficial in organic synthesis. Organic synthesis driven by heterogeneous photocatalysis is environmentally and economically attractive, and has the potential to achieve higher selectivity to desired products than conventional routes. We propose to explore a wide range of free radical addition reactions initiated by the known photo-Kolbe reaction of carboxylic acids over titania surfaces. Reactions showing the most promise will be examined in more detail, using in particular in-situ EPR spectroscopy (to observe the initially generated free radicals), in-situ NMR spectroscopy (to identify intermediates and products), and time resolved optical spectroscopy (to observe short lived species) to determine the reaction pathways. Initial studies will be made with TiO2, but we will also explore improvements in performance by adding metals to enhance hole:electron separation, or nitrogen dopants to achieve visible light activation. Visible light activation will also be attempted with other semiconductors. A crucial component of the project is the design and construction of reactors for scaling up promising reactions to a scale attractive to the pharmaceutical industry. The project team has wide experience in photocatalysis, free radical chemistry, in-situ spectroscopic methods and photocatalytic reactor design and construction. Advice and assistance in selection of target reactions relevant to the pharmaceutical industry is provided by GlaxoSmithKline. A successful outcome of the project could bring about a paradigm shift in technologies for high value organic synthesis.
01-Jan-2010 - 01-Jan-2011

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