Dr Peter Douglas
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 513081
Room: Office - 333A
Second Floor
Grove Building
Singleton Campus


  1. & Sustainable energy storage for solar home systems in rural Sub-Saharan Africa – A comparative examination of lifecycle aspects of battery technologies for circular economy, with emphasis on the South African context. Energy 166, 1207-1215.
  2. & Platinized counter-electrodes for dye-sensitised solar cells from waste thermocouples: A case study for resource efficiency, industrial symbiosis and circular economy. Journal of Cleaner Production 202, 1167-1178.
  3. & Sustainable Solar Energy Collection and Storage for Rural Sub-Saharan Africa. In A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Energy Systems. -107).
  4. & (2016). Third generation photovoltaics — Early intervention for circular economy and a sustainable future. Presented at Electronics goes green,, 1-8. Berlin: doi:10.1109/EGG.2016.7829820
  5. & The potential of biochar to remove hydrophobic compounds from model sandy soils. Geoderma 285, 132-140.

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  • PMC100 Atoms and Molecules, Chemical Bonding and Structure; an Introduction for Life Sciences.

    The module deals with the electronic structure of atoms and its chemical consequences. It introduces quantum numbers, describes the basis of the periodic table; introduces molecular orbital theory, and chemical bonding and structure. Trends in the chemistry of the elements are considered in relation to their electronic structure. The principles underlying the chemistry of the transition metals are also introduced.

  • PMC101 Organic Chemistry: Structure, Transformation, and Energetics; an Introduction for Life Sciences.

    The module deals with the basic principles of organic chemistry, and the reactions of simple aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons. Two aspects which are particularly emphasised are the stereochemistry of organic compounds and the mechanisms of organic reactions.

  • PMC102 Chemical Analysis: from Composition to Structure Elucidation; an Introduction for Life Sciences.

    This module deals with the principles and practice of analytical chemistry and gives an introduction to a number of important instrumental techniques in analytical chemistry for both quantitative and qualitative analysis and structure elucidation.

  • PMC103 Organic Chemistry of Functional Groups: Structure, Reactivity and Mechanism; an Introduction for Life Sciences

    In this module students are introduced to the organic chemistry of organic molecules with functional groups containing oxygen, sulfur, nitrogen and halogens. Concepts such as electronegativity differences, bonding characteristics, electronic, steric, and solvation effects are used to rationalise the chemistry of functional groups. The characteristics and experimental evidence for the key mechanisms of SN1, SN2, E1 and E2 reactions are discussed. The use of "curly arrows" to identify mechanistic pathways is described. The chemistry of the following functional groups are discussed in detail: alcohols, alkyl halides, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters. The use of spectroscopic data in studying functional group transformations is discussed.


  • New approaches to the study of hydrophobicity and wetting of soils : methods and theories (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Stefan Doerr
  • Sampling and Analysis of Copper Output from WEEE Cable Recycling (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Rhys Charles
  • 'Assessment and Exploitation of the Inherent Value of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) for Circular Economy' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • '''Metallurgical analysis of zinc based metallic coatings''' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Hamilton Mcmurray