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Dr Mike Hird

Reader in Organic Chemistry/ Admissions Tutor/ Director of Chemistry Part-Time Blended Learning and Apprenticeship Programmes.

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Summary

Dr Michael Hird graduated with a BSc in Chemistry in 1986 at the University of Hull, and stayed on for PhD study in the area of liquid crystals under the expert supervision of Ken Toyne. Captivated by liquid crystals and organic synthesis, he began post-doctoral research at Hull in 1989, which was followed by appointment as Lecturer (1991), Senior Lecturer (1999) and Reader (2005).

Journal Article

The dramatic influence of the location of bend and of lateral fluoro substitution on the mesomorphic properties of angular chiral esters based on a 1,3-disubstituted benzene ring

Fergusson, K. M., & Hird, M. (2010). The dramatic influence of the location of bend and of lateral fluoro substitution on the mesomorphic properties of angular chiral esters based on a 1,3-disubstituted benzene ring. Journal of materials chemistry, 20(15), 3069-3078. doi:10.1039/b923267b

Synthesis and properties of novel columnar liquid crystals based on symmetrical and non-symmetrical 1,3,5-trisubstituted benzene derivatives

Stackhouse, P. J., Wilson, A., Lacey, D., & Hird, M. (2010). Synthesis and properties of novel columnar liquid crystals based on symmetrical and non-symmetrical 1,3,5-trisubstituted benzene derivatives. Liquid crystals, 37(9), 1191-1203. doi:10.1080/02678292.2010.490647

Ferroelectricity in liquid crystals—materials, properties and applications

Hird, M. (2011). Ferroelectricity in liquid crystals—materials, properties and applications. Liquid crystals, 38(11-12), (1467-1493). doi:10.1080/02678292.2011.625126. ISSN 0267-8292

Professor Kenneth Johnson Toyne 1937–2011

Hird, M. (2011). Professor Kenneth Johnson Toyne 1937–2011. Liquid crystals, 38(11-12), 1359-1360. doi:10.1080/02678292.2011.622612

Synthesis and mesomorphic behaviour of high polarisability materials for non-linear optical applications

Seed, A. J., Toyne, K. J., Hird, M., & Goodby, J. W. (2012). Synthesis and mesomorphic behaviour of high polarisability materials for non-linear optical applications. Liquid crystals, 39(4), (403-414). doi:10.1080/02678292.2012.658090. ISSN 0267-8292

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Hird welcomes applications for postgraduate supervision in his specialist areas. Completed PhDs - D. Allan, Asymmetric fluorinated dimers for dual frequency liquid crystal mixtures : synthesis, mesomorphism & electro-optic properties, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 2017. - R.A. Pashameah, Novel liquid crystals with bulky terminal groups for ferroelectric displays in Nanotechnology, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 2015. - Q. Chen, Novel fluorinated liquid crystals of high birefringence, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 2013. - I.A.M. Radini, The synthesis and properties of liquid crystals with bulky terminal groups for bookshelf geometry ferroelectric mixtures, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 2010. - P.J. Stackhouse, The design, synthesis and mesomorphic properties of discotic liquid crystals, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 2008. - K.M. Fergusson, The synthesis and properties of achiral and chiral bent-core liquid crystals, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 2008. - R.J. Kiddle, Novel materials for nematic mixtures, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 2005 - I.D. Warburton, Carbon-carbon bond formation in challenging environments scope and limitations, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 2003. - S. Lightowler, Palladium-catalysed cross-coupling reactions in the synthesis of novel organic polymers and monodisperse oligomers, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 2000. - N. Gough, Smectic C materials for ferroelectric applications, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 1999. - M.E. Glendenning, Liquid crystalline materials for ferroelectric mixtures of high dielectric biaxiality, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 1998. - S.J. Cross, Ferroelectric liquid crystals exhibiting a very high spontaneous polarisation, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 1996. - P. Hindmarsh, Investigation of the structure/property relationships in triphenylene discotic liquid crystals, PhD Thesis, University of Hull, 1996.