Professor William Harrison

Professor William Harrison
Professor William Harrison

Professor William Harrison

MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), FHEA

Personal Chair

About

Biography

Bill Harrison grew up in southern England and was the first in his family to enter higher education.  He graduated with first-class honours in Chemistry from University College, Oxford in 1982.  He stayed in Oxford to study for his DPhil (PhD) under the supervision of Prof Tony Cheetham, FRS, studying the magnetic behaviour of transition-metal oxides. He then worked as assistant instrument scientist on the high resolution powder diffractometer (HRPD) at the ISIS spallation neutron source and a highlight of that time was the determination of the crystal structure of the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7–δ, which featured on the cover of Nature.   Following that, in 1988 he headed for sunnier climes for a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied advanced materials by state-of-the-art diffraction techniques. A second postdoc followed at the University of Houston (Texas), where a highlight was the study of layered hybrid perovskites as potential solar cell materials (Nature cover).  His first ‘real’ academic position in 1995 was a lecturer at the University of Western Australia, where he discovered his previously unsuspected enthusiasm for teaching.  He was appointed as lecturer in chemistry at the University of Aberdeen in 1998, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2000 and to Personal Chair in 2018. He currently serves as Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Natural and Computing Science.  He teaches at all levels of the Chemistry programme and his University awards for teaching include ‘most accessible lecturer’ (2015), ‘best lecturer’ (2017) and ‘most supportive lecturer’ (2020).   His independent research in synthetic and structural chemistry focuses on undergraduate research projects.  His interests outside the University include photography, local politics and family activities.

Internal Memberships

School Director of Teaching and Learning, personal tutor.  Member of Quality Assurance Committee, Undergraduate Committee, retention task group, positive outcomes task group, student survey working group...  

Research

Research Overview

Synthetic and structural inorganic chemistry: 614 publications, 10597 citations, Hirsch h-index 49 (data retrieved from Web of Science, 18 March 2021).

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Bill Harrison is Course Coordinator for Level 1 Chemistry and teaches on the following courses: 

  • CM1020 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1
  • CM1021 Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 1
  • CM1022 Elements of Chemistry 1
  • CM1512 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2   
  • CM1513 Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 2
  • CM1522 Elements of Chemistry 2   
  • CM2519 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CM3037 Inorganic and Solid-State Chemistry 
  • CM4037 Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • CM4028/CM4036/CM4535 project supervsion
  • CM5003 MChem Chemistry Applications
Publications

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  • Role of weak interactions in binding of aryldicarboxylate ion: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, single-crystal X-ray structure determination and packing analysis of [Co(phen)(2)CO3](2)(C8H4O4)center dot 15H(2)O

    Sharma, R. P., Singh, A., Venugopalan, P., Harrison, W. T. A.
    Journal of Molecular Structure, vol. 980, no. 1-3, pp. 72-77
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • K2ScSn(AsO4)3: an arsenate-containing langbeinite

    Harrison, W. T. A.
    Acta Crystallographica Section C, Crystal Structure Communications, vol. C66, pp. i82-i84
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Poly[([mu]6-rac-cis-cyclo­hexane-1,2-di­carboxyl­ato)strontium]

    Robertson, K. A., Harrison, W. T. A.
    Acta Crystallographica Section C, Crystal Structure Communications, vol. 66, pp. m194-m196
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Synthesis, characterization, crystal Ssructures and thermal and fluorescence studies of dinuclear and polymeric silver(I) complexes of 5,5-diethylbarbiturate with 2,5-dimethylpyrazine and piperazine involving Ag-Ag interactions

    Soyer, E., Yilmaz, F., Yilmaz, V. T., Buyukgungor, O., Harrison, W. T. A.
    Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 320-325
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • [VO(SeO3)(H2O)2]·0.5H2O

    Harrison, W. T. A.
    Acta Crystallographica Section C, Crystal Structure Communications, vol. C66, pp. I61-I63
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • β-Zn3(AsO3)2

    Harrison, W. T. A.
    Acta Crystallographica Section C, Crystal Structure Communications, vol. 66, pp. I64-I66
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Segregated aromatic π–π stacking interactions involving fluorinated and non-fluorinated benzene rings: Cu(py)2(pfb)2 and Cu(py)2(pfb)2(H2O) (py = pyridine and pfb = pentafluorobenzoate)

    Sharma, R. P., Saini, A., Singh, S., Venugopalan, P., Harrison, W. T. A.
    Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, vol. 131, no. 4, pp. 456-460
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • (E)-1-Phenyl-2-({5-[(1E)-(2-phenylhydrazin-1-ylidene)methyl]-2-thienyl}methylidene)hydrazine

    de Lima, G. M., Harrison, W. T. A., Tiekink, E. R. T., Wardell, J. L., Wardell, S. M. S. V.
    Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, vol. 66, no. 3, pp. o504-o505
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • fac-(2-Amido­ethyl-κ2C1,O)aqua­tri­chlorido­tin(IV) 1,4,7,10,13,16-hexa­oxa­cyclo­octa­decane (2/1)

    Wardell, S. M. S. V., Harrison, W. T. A., Tiekink, E. R. T., de Lima, G. M., Wardell, J. L.
    Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, vol. 66, no. 3, pp. m312-m313
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • (E)-1-(3-Nitrophenyl)-2-({5-[(1E)-2-(3-nitrophenyl)hydrazin-1-ylidenemethyl]-2-thienyl}methylidene)hydrazine

    de Lima, G. M., Harrison, W. T. A., Tiekink, E. R. T., Wardell, J. L., Wardell, S. M. S. V.
    Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, vol. 66, pp. o457-o458
    Contributions to Journals: Articles