Dr Peter Henderson

Dr Peter Henderson

Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)

Dr Peter Henderson
Dr Peter Henderson

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 272903
The University of Aberdeen Room 157 Meston Building Meston Walk University of Aberdeen Old Aberdeen Scotland AB24 3UE

Research Interests

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9334-538X

SCOPUS Author ID: 7202609020


Liquid Crystals

Synthesis and characterisation

Structure-property relationships in dimers and oligomers

New molecular architectures and mesophases

Ferro- and anti-ferroelectric materials for display applications

Biaxial nematic phase


Teaching Responsibilities

Director of Undergraduate Pathways

Oversee recruitment and teaching, learning & assessment on undergraduate degree programmes.

I teach (lectures, labs, tutorials) on a variety of courses at all levels from Summer School through to taught postgraduate masters.

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Treasurer of Royal Society of Chemistry Aberdeen and North East Scotland Local Section

Student Transitions

A poster presented at the international Enhancement Themes conference on Student Transitions.




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  • Walker, R, Pociecha, D, Abberley, JP, Martinez-Felipe, A, Paterson, DA, Forsyth, E, Lawrence, G, Henderson, PA, Storey, JMD, Gorecka, E & Imrie, CT 2018, 'Spontaneous chirality through mixing achiral components: A twist-bend nematic phase driven by hydrogen-bonding between unlike components', Chemical Communications, vol. 54, no. 27, pp. 3383-3386. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/C8CC00525G
  • Abberley, JP, Jansze, SM, Walker, R, Paterson, DA, Henderson, PA, Marcelis, ATM, Storey, JMD & Imrie, CT 2017, 'Structure–property relationships in twist-bend nematogens: the influence of terminal groups', Liquid Crystals, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 68-83. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02678292.2016.1275303
  • Lu, Z, Henderson, PA, Paterson, BJA & Imrie, CT 2014, 'Liquid crystal dimers and the twist-bend nematic phase. The preparation and characterisation of the alpha,omega-bis(4-cyanobiphenyl-4 '-yl) alkanedioates', Liquid Crystals, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 471-483. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02678292.2014.888803
  • Lee, H-C, Lu, Z, Henderson, PA, Achard, MF, Mahmood, WAK, Yeap, G-Y & Imrie, CT 2012, 'Cholesteryl-based liquid crystal dimers containing a sulfur-sulfur link in the flexible spacer', Liquid Crystals, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 259-268. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02678292.2011.641753
  • Martinez-Felipe, A, Lu, ZB, Henderson, PA, Picken, SJ, Norder, B, Imrie, CT & Ribes-Greus, A 2012, 'Synthesis and characterisation of side chain liquid crystal copolymers containing sulfonic acid groups', Polymer, vol. 53, no. 13, pp. 2604-2612. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2012.02.029
  • Donaldson, T, Henderson, PA, Achard, MF & Imrie, CT 2011, 'Chiral liquid crystal tetramers', Journal of Materials Chemistry, vol. 21, no. 29, pp. 10935-10941. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/c1jm10992h
  • Henderson, PA & Imrie, CT 2011, 'Methylene-linked liquid crystal dimers and the twist-bend nematic phase', Liquid Crystals, vol. 38, no. 11-12, pp. 1407-1414. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02678292.2011.624368
  • Donaldson, T, Henderson, PA, Achard, MF & Imrie, CT 2011, 'Non-symmetric chiral liquid crystal trimers', Liquid Crystals, vol. 38, no. 10, pp. 1331-1339. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02678292.2011.613265
  • Donaldson, T, Staesche, H, Lu, ZB, Henderson, PA, Achard, MF & Imrie, CT 2010, 'Symmetric and non-symmetric chiral liquid crystal dimers', Liquid Crystals, vol. 37, no. 8, pp. 1097-1110. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02678292.2010.494412
  • Imrie, CT, Henderson, P & Yeap, G-Y 2009, 'Liquid crystal oligomers: going beyond dimers', Liquid Crystals, vol. 36, no. 6-7, pp. 755-777. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02678290903157455
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