Dr Duncan Parker



  • Course Leader for Forensic Science
  • Lecturer in Chemistry  - School of Law, Policing and Forensics
  • Outreach Co-ordinator
  • Independent project supervisor

About Me

I obtained my PhD in Chemistry from the University of Southampton for studying the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction in a thesis titled “Uncovering features of chemical reaction networks in complex systems”.  In 2017, I became a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leicester in Natural Sciences and Chemistry leading on a project for the gamification of mathematics teaching, as well as ongoing projects on the refinement of teaching laboratory safety to undergraduates. In July 2018, I was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemistry at Staffordshire University where I have taken on further roles including membership of the University’s Women’s Academic Network and Inclusion Group. I am a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Higher Education Group and passionately believe in the advancement of teaching innovation for the benefit of future generations of scientists in Chemistry and Forensic Science.


  •  PhD Chemistry 

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Affiliate of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy    


  • Pedagogic Research
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics and Networks

Research Interests

Chemical and Forensic Education
Public Perceptions of Science
Applications of Analytical Methods to the Study of Metabolism of Alcohol

Current project students:

  • Comparison of Raman Systems for Identifying Components of Monkey Dust

Current Teaching

Chemical Principles for Forensic Science*
Research and Professional Skills
Drugs of Abuse
Independent Project*
Methods of Chemical Analysis*
Drug Discovery, Design and Synthesis*

Module leader for modules marked (*)


Dr Duncan Parker
School of Law, Policing and Forensics
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
Stoke on Trent
t: +44 (0)1782 294208
e: duncan.parker@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @drduncanparker