timothy prior

Dr Timothy J Prior

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences


+44 (0) 1482 466389

Tim read Chemistry at Oxford and undertook a DPhil in Materials Chemistry (Homochiral Coordination Polymers) under Professor Matt Rosseinsky.

He carried out postdoctoral work with Professor Peter Battle into anisotropic oxides and metal nitrides, discovering a facile route to filled β-manganese and η-carbide interstitial nitrides.

Before coming to Hull, Tim was Station Scientist (XRD) at the SRS, Daresbury.

He is currently engaged in structural analysis using single-crystal and powder diffraction for a huge range of different compounds: MOFs, coordination compounds, organometallics, pharmaceuticals.


Research Interests

  • Solid state chemistry
  • Non-oxide ceramics
  • Intermetallics
  • Crystallography

Research groups

  • Inorganic and Magnetic Materials
  • G W Gray Centre for Advanced Materials


Fellows S M and Prior T J, ‘Polymorphism and Solid–Gas/Solid–Solid Reactions of Isonicotinic Acid, Isonicotinamide, and Nicotinamide Copper Chloride Compounds’, Crystal Growth & Design, 17, pp 106-116 (2017)

Clout A, Buanz A B M, Prior T J, Reinhard C, Wu Y, O’Hare D, Williams G R, Gaisford S, 'Simultaneous Differential Scanning Calorimetry-Synchrotron X‑ray Powder Diffraction: a Powerful Technique for Physical Form Characterisation in Pharmaceutical Materials’, Analytical Chemistry, 88, pp 10111-10117 (2016)

Telford R, Seaton C C, Clout A, Buanz A, Gainsford S, Williams G R, Prior T J, Okoye C H, Munshi T, Scowen I J, ‘Stabilisation of Metastable Polymorphs: the Case of Paracetamol Form III', Chemical Communications, 52, pp 12028-12031 (2016)

Prior T J, Day G M, Case D H, Hoxha H K, ‘Co-Crystallisation of Cytosine with 1,10-phenanthroline: Computational Screening and Experimental Realisation’, CrystEngComm, 17, pp 7130-7141 (2015)

Prior T J, Armstrong J A, Benoit D M, Marshall K L, ‘The Structure of the Melamine-Cyanuric Acid Co-Crystal’, CrystEngComm, 15, pp 5838-5843 (2013)


Programmes taught on (2018)

Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Preparing for Learning in Higher Education
  • Foundation Chemistry 1
  • Foundation Chemistry 2
  • Chemistry of the World and Scientific Skills
  • Inorganic Chemistry and Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Structure Determination and Analytical Techniques
  • Spectroscopy and Structure Determination
  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Materials Chemistry

Research PhDs

Tim welcomes PhD applications in any aspect of structural science involving structure determination and structure-property relationships. eg MOFs, co-crystals, crystal engineering, metal oxides and nitrides.

Completed PhDs

  • Rebecca L. Kift, Intermetallic Compounds by Reductive Annealing (2010)
  • Kreshnik Hoxha, DNA Based in Crystal Engineering (2014)

Current PhD supervisions

  • Simon M Fellows, Synthesis of Novel Copper Coordination Compounds (2014- )

Teaching awards and accolades

  • PGCertHE (2011) Hull University
  • FHEA
  • University of Hull Student-Led Teaching Award for Innovative Teaching (2016)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MChem Chemistry 1st Class Honours, University of Oxford (1998)
  • DPhil Materials Chemistry, University of Oxford (2002)

External roles

  • Chair of EPSRC Crystallography Service Management Panel
  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review College
  • External Examiner (BSc, MChem, MSc programmes) UCLan

Partnerships and collaborations

  • Major collaborations: Tim Hubin (SWOSU, Oklahoma), Apinpus Rujiwatra (Chiang Mai), Ian Scowen (Lincoln, UK)

Professional highlights

  • Co-Editor Acta Crystallographica E
  • Invited reviewer for 2016 Evaluation of the Research and Professional Activities of the Institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor (University of Chiang Mai)