Dr Nigel A Young

Senior Lecturer/ Chemistry Subject Group Head/ Industrial Placements Coordinator

Faculty of Science and Engineering


01482 465442

The common theme to Nigel's research has been the application of a variety of spectroscopic techniques to the study of a wide range of inorganic compounds, particularly the use of matrix isolation techniques to stabilise unstable and highly reactive species.

He graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from Imperial College, London, and then moved to Southampton University to carry out a PhD with Dr J Steven Ogden.

Nigel stayed at Southampton as a research fellow with Prof Ian Beattie and, after a temporary lectureship at Southampton, took up an SERC/EPSRC Advanced Fellowship at the University of Manchester before joinging the University of Hull in 1993.


Research Interests

  • Inorganic chemistry

  • Spectroscopy

  • Matrix isolation

  • Vibrational spectroscopy

  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy


M. T. Weller and N. A. Young, Characterisation Methods in Inorganic Chemistry, Oxford University Press (2017)

A. V. Wilson, T. Nguyen, F. Brosi, X. Wang, L. Andrews, S. Riedel, A. J. Bridgeman, and N. A. Young, 'A Matrix Isolation and Computational Study of Molecular Palladium Fluorides: Does PdF6 Exist?', Inorganic Chemistry, 55, 1108-23. (2016) doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02273

N. A. Young, 'The application of synchrotron radiation and in particular X-ray absorption spectroscopy to matrix isolated species', Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 277, 224-74. (2014) doi: 10.1016/j.ccr.2014.05.010 

C. H. Kjaergaard, M. F. Qayyum, S. D. Wong, F. Xu, G. R. Hemsworth, D. J. Walton, N. A. Young, G. J. Davies, P. H. Walton, K. S. Johansen, K. O. Hodgson, B. Hedman, and E. I. Solomon, 'Spectroscopic and computational insight into the activation of O2 by the mononuclear Cu center in polysaccharide monooxygenases', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 8797-802. (2014) doi: 10.1073/pnas.1408115111

S. J. Archibald, S. L. Atkin, W. Bras, A. Diego-Taboada, G. Mackenzie, J. F. W. Mosselmans, S. Nikitenko, P. D. Quinn, M. F. Thomas, and N. A. Young, 'How does iron interact with sporopollenin exine capsules? An X-ray absorption study including microfocus XANES and XRF imaging', Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2, 945-59. (2014) doi: 10.1039/c3tb21523g


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Industrial Experience Professional Skills

  • Topics in Core Chemistry

  • Topics in Applied Chemistry

  • Industrial Experience Project Report

  • Chemical Structure and Physical Chemistry

  • Insight into Biochemistry and Scientific Skills

  • Spectroscopic Methods

  • Chemistry of the World and Scientific Skills

  • Synthesis and Measurement

  • Spectroscopy and Structure Determination

  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

  • Fundamental Topics in Physics

Research PhDs

  • Inorganic spectroscopy

Teaching awards and accolades

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (London)

  • ARCS (Imperial College)

  • PhD (Southampton)

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

  • Innovative Teaching Award, 2017, Hull University Union Student Led Teaching Awards