Dr Thomas Turner

Dr Thomas Turner


Dr Thomas Turner is a post-doctoral research associate in instrument design and flow systems at the School of Chemistry, University of Leeds. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Leeds, where his research interests were focused on crystallisation and the characterisation of organic and pharmaceutical materials, in particular the study of nucleation using in-situ synchrotron X-ray scattering.  Recently his area of research has focussed on the use of molecular modelling techniques in the prediction of particle morphology, surface chemistry, surface-interface interactions and mechanical properties of organic materials and the influence these particulate properties have on downstream processing within pharmaceutical workflows. Currently his research focus is on the development of a new EPSRC funded national facility, FlowXl, which utilises state of the art in-situ X-ray diffraction combined with Raman spectorscopy to probe nucleation and crystallisation processes of materials in flow.


  • Laboratory Manager FlowXl

Research interests

  • Experimental crystallization science to probe the fundamental apects of crystal nucleation and growth kinetics using poly and iso-thermal methodologies
  • Synchrotron radiation techniques for probing short (Å) and long (nm) range structural order during crystallization processes using in-situ sample cells and environments
  • Crystal engineering through the use of multi-scale modelling tools to translate bulk inter-molecular (synthonic) crystal chemistry to surface and surface-interfacial chemistry for particle morphology prediction and particle design
  • In-situ experimental characterization of crystallization processes using infrared, Raman and UV-vis spectroscopy together with X-ray methods such as diffraction and tomography
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  • PhD Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Chemistry

Professional memberships

  • MRSC