timothy prior

Dr Timothy J Prior

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Faculty of Science and Engineering


+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


‘Interstitial nitrides revisited - a simple synthesis of MxMo3N (M = Fe, Co, Ni).’ T. J. Prior, J. O. Conway, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2019, 774, 69-74

‘Increase of Direct C−C Coupling Reaction Yield by Identifying Structural and Electronic Properties of High-Spin Iron Tetraazamacrocyclic Complexes.’ S. M. Brewer, K. R. Wilson, D. G. Jones, E. W. Reinheimer, S. J. Archibald, T. J. Prior, M. A. Ayala, A. L. Foster, T. J. Hubin, K. N. Green, Inorganic Chemistry, 2018, 57, 8890-8902

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)


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)

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching (2018)

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)