Dr Joel Loveridge
Senior Lecturer
Chemistry
Telephone: (01792) 513199
Room: Staff Office - 430
Third Floor
Grove Building
Singleton Campus

Following an MSci in Chemistry with Industrial Experience and a PhD in Biological Chemistry from the University of Bristol, I undertook postdoctoral positions at Cardiff University and Swansea University, before becoming Lecturer in NMR Spectroscopy in Cardiff University in 2012. I moved to Swansea as Senior Lecturer in Chemistry in 2016, to be part of the exciting new Department of Chemistry.

My main focus at present is the development of an innovative chemistry curriculum that best serves our students. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and see my role as supporting students’ learning rather than simply teaching. The inclusion of problem-based and active learning approaches are essential to best prepare students for life after university, in whatever sector they choose.

My research focuses on two overlapping areas:

The first is the relationship between the structure, dynamics and function of enzymes, as a route to understanding and controlling nature’s chemistry. This work involves multidimensional, multinuclear NMR spectroscopy in conjunction with other biophysical techniques such as UV-visible spectroscopy.

The second is natural products biosynthesis, particularly involving compounds with the antibiotic, antifungal, or other medically relevant activity. This work uses a range of microbiological, genetic, biochemical and spectroscopic methods to study and manipulate the biosynthesis and activity of the target compounds.

Expressions of interest in my research from prospective PhD students are always welcome.

I am a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Biochemical Society and am currently Chairman of the RSC South Wales West Local Section.

I am heavily involved in public engagement and outreach. I organise the RSC South Wales West Local Section’s highly successful Science and Energy demonstration series and have been involved in a wide range of other outreach events.

Areas of Expertise

  • Natural products biosynthesis
  • Enzyme structure-motions-function relationships
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Public engagement and outreach

Publications

  1. & The impact of combinatorial stress on the growth dynamics and metabolome of Burkholderia mesoacidophila demonstrates the complexity of tolerance mechanisms. Journal of Applied Microbiology
  2. & TCR‐induced alteration of primary MHC peptide anchor residue. European Journal of Immunology
  3. & Synthetic routes, characterization and photophysical properties of luminescent, surface functionalized nanodiamonds. Carbon 152, 335-343.
  4. & Chemoenzymatic Assembly of Isotopically Labeled Folates. Journal of the American Chemical Society 139(37), 13047-13054.
  5. & Reclassification of the Specialized Metabolite Producer Pseudomonas mesoacidophila ATCC 31433 as a Member of the Burkholderia cepacia Complex. Journal of Bacteriology 199(13), e00125-17

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Teaching

  • BIO343 Natural Products that Shape Our World

    Natural product biotechnology lectures will start by introducing how nature can be used to provide solutions to societal sustainability issues such as climate change, global food security, pollution and developing the bioeconomy. Nature has a storehouse of structurally diverse organic molecules with a range of biological activities which directly or indirectly impact on our lives. Lectures will cover how algae, bacteria, fungi, plants and animals can be used to develop natural products for a range of industrial applications including for food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, fertilisers, biofuels, bioplastics, pesticides, bioremediation materials, enzymes and research tools. Lectures will also cover how metabolite profiling, genomics and bioinformatics can be used to help discover and develop natural products for industrial application.

  • CH-005 Elementary Chemistry

    This module will introduce students to the concept of atomic structure and electron configuration, inter- and intra- molecular forces, bonding and molecular structures. Through a series of interactive workshops, students will apply this knowledge in order to be able to describe and explain periodicity, the properties of groups and the observed trends, and to predict the shape and simple structures of molecules and ions. Students will also be introduced to acids, bases and pH, Avogadro's constant, simple molecular calculations and the concept of an ideal gas. Students will also become familiar with organic molecules, their functional structures and their uses. This module will form the bridge to help students to transition from GCSE and A-level Chemistry, building a strong foundation for Chemistry at Level 4.

  • CH-008 Methods of Analysis and Detection

    This module will introduce students to working in a laboratory environment, including how to work safely, good laboratory practice and how to maintain a good laboratory lab book. In workshops, students will become familiar with different analytical techniques that they will use later during their degree programme and in the work-place and the theory will be reinforced through experiential and applied learning in the laboratory. This module will form the bridge to help students to transition from GCSE and A-level Chemistry, building a strong foundation for Chemistry at Level 4.

  • CH-009 Synthesis and Analysis

    This module will build on CH-008 and will reinforce how to work safely, good laboratory practice and how to maintain a good laboratory lab book. In lectures/workshops, students will become familiar with different reactions and analytical techniques that they will use later during their degree programme and in the work-place and the theory will be reinforced through experiential and applied learning in the laboratory. Students will gain an understanding of how chemical synthesis and analyses and used in everyday life. This module will form the bridge to help students to transition from GCSE and A-level Chemistry, building a strong foundation for Chemistry at Level 4.

  • CH-010 Reactions and Products

    This module will introduce students to theories and laws that underpin our knowledge of atomic and molecular interactions/reactions. It will start with discussions and calculations for chemical equations. Thermodynamics will be include equilibrium, enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs Free Energy, calorimetry and Hess' Law (including,Born-Haber cycles and Le Chatelier's Principle). Simple kinetics and rate laws including catalysiis will be introduced. A variety of simple and fundamental organic reactions will be introduced including but not limited to electrophilic and nuleophilic addition and substitution. This module will form the bridge to help students to transition from GCSE and A-level Chemistry, building a strong foundation for Chemistry at Level 4.

  • CH-122 Chemical Thinking

    This module will meet the challenge of transition to Higher Education from Further Education. Students will be guided in the essential skills to successfully engage with Chemistry in Higher Education, building competence through guided study in Chemistry in group work, basic laboratory safety and practical skills, record keeping and writing of technical reports, peer tuition, note taking, using and giving feedback, mathematics, data analysis, information handling, and coding. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, a practical-based assessment, and a reflective account

  • CH-123 Structure and Bonding 1

    This module will introduce students to the fundamentals of atomic structure, the consequences for forming bonds and the resulting molecular structures. This will introduce to them the concepts of orbitals, shapes of molecules, and how these may be identified through spectroscopy. Experience gained through looking at simple diatomics and polyatomics will be extended to the structures of organic and inorganic molecules and to intermolecular interactions affecting macroscopic states of matter. This module will build on existing understanding and will employ mathematics taught in other modules (CH-122) to conceptualise material taught in this module. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-124 Structure and Bonding 2

    Building on Structure and Bonding 1 (CH-123), this will extend the theoretical underpinning for atomic and molecular structure and will address more advanced examples from organic and inorganic chemistry as well as macroscopic systems. The content of this module will require knowledge developed in prior modules as well as independent reading outside scheduled sessions. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-125 Chemical Reactions 1

    This module will introduce students to the fundamentals of the physical aspects of chemical reactions, both thermodynamic and kinetic. These and other previously-understood concepts will then be applied to the student of addition reactions, both organic and inorganic. This module will build on existing understanding and will employ mathematics taught in other modules (CH-122) to conceptualise some of the material taught in this module. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-126 Chemical Reactions 2

    This module will continue the discussion of the fundamentals of the physical aspects of chemical reactions, both thermodynamic and kinetic. These and other previously-understood concepts will then be applied to the study of substitution and elimination and an introduction to redox reactions, both organic and inorganic. This module will build on existing understanding and will employ mathematics taught in other modules (CH-122) to conceptualise some of the material taught in this module. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-127 Chemical Practice

    This module will introduce students to the three broad employment areas for chemistry: research, teaching or industrial positions. The lecture portion will cover fundamental aspects of being a professional chemist including safety, report writing, project management, and teaching skills. Students will then spend 60 hours with research faculty, on an industrial field trip or serving as a teacher's aide. Assessment will be by coursework, continuing reports on their project, and a final oral and written report.

  • CH-238 Further Organic Chemistry

    This module will build on material taught across the entire first year, and develops knowledge and understanding in the area of organic chemistry. Students will gain deeper knowledge of stereochemistry and conformation in organic chemistry, and of reactivity and reaction mechanisms in areas such as carbonyl, carbanion, carbocation, radical, aromatic and heterocyclic chemistry. They will also be introduced to key concepts and strategies in synthetic organic chemistry and physical organic chemistry. By the end of the module students will be equipped with the core tools to design synthetic routes, and to predict and/or determine reaction mechanisms. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-239 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

    This module will introduce students to the sub-disciplines of biological and medicinal chemistry. It will build on core material taught in the first year and semester 1 of the second year. An introduction to primary and specialised metabolism will be given, demonstrating that biological reactions obey the same laws as synthetic organic chemistry. Enzymes will be introduced as the key catalysts within biological chemistry. Students will also be given an overview of key concepts and strategies in medicinal chemistry, including pharmacological considerations. By the end of the module students will be equipped with the core tools to understand and study bio-organic reactions, and will have an appreciation of medicinal chemistry. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-346 Medicinal Chemistry Project

    3rd year projects are the opportunity to bring all you've learnt during your degree together and apply that knowledge to solve a problem. In Swansea these projects can be embedded in active research groups across the colleges of science, engineering or medicine, allowing you to build a network and experience in your chosen specialism within the chemical sciences. These projects are your opportunity to demonstrate to employers that you have a full understanding of your course and are able to direct your own studies, manage an independent research project and effectively communicate your findings. This selection suggests an interest in a project embedded within a research group in engineering, focusing on materials chemistry or chemical engineering

  • CH-349 Integrated Topics in Chemistry

    This module gives students the opportunity to explore options within Chemistry, giving opportunity to apply prior learning to advanced research topics and allowing students to pursue more specialised topics related to their research interests and aligned with the research areas represented within the Department. Study areas available will include advanced spectroscopic techniques, the application of instrumentation in chemistry, as well as more advanced synthetic pathways and a return to more integrated study of the traditional branches of organic/inorganic/physical chemistry. Classes will be supported with workshops which will help students gain a thorough understanding of the integrated nature of Chemistry at an advanced level. Where possible, topics will be taught using relevant examples from primary literature, encouraging students to evaluate and appraise a range of primary literature sources and locate appropriate new sources. The module is designed to be flexible to allow the content to vary with the research areas represented within the Department.

  • PMLM05 LC/MS Applications IV: Medical and life sciences

    Students will have the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge of the role mass spectrometry plays in biomarker discovery (proteins and small molecules).with its application to clinical diagnosis including the analysis of carbohydrates, glycoproteins and nucleic acids using activity-based proteomics and techniques for affinity pull-down.

Supervision

  • Evaluation of natural fumigants for control of plant parasitic nematodes (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Tariq Butt
    Other supervisor: Prof Tariq Butt
  • Novel versatile semiochemical dispensers for improved pest monitoring and control (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr William Allen
    Other supervisor: Prof Tariq Butt
  • Optimising the impact of semiochemicals for thrips monitoring and control. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Tariq Butt
  • Towards novel antimicrobials (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ed Dudley

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2016 Present Senior Lecturer in Chemistry Department of Chemistry, Swansea University
2012 2016 Lecturer in NMR Spectroscopy School of Chemistry, Cardiff University
2011 2012 Research Officer College of Medicine, Swansea University
2010 2011 Research Associate School of Chemistry, Cardiff University
2007 2010 Postdoctoral Research Assistant School of Chemistry, Cardiff University
2003 2006 PhD in Chemistry (supervisor Dr John Crosby) School of Chemistry, University of Bristol
1999 2003 MSci in Chemistry with Industrial Experience School of Chemistry, University of Bristol