Dr Nichola Coleman

Dr Nichola Coleman BSc, PhD, MRSC, CChem

Senior Lecturer, Materials Chemistry

Key details

Dr Nichola J Coleman
BSc, PhD, MRSC, CChem

Senior Lecturer, Materials Chemistry

Dr Nichola Coleman graduated with a BSc Hons in applied chemistry and a PhD in inorganic cement chemistry from Aston University and has subsequently worked at the School of Pharmacy (University of London), Imperial College and the University of Sheffield.

Dr Coleman specialises in the transition from school/FE to HE in the natural sciences and mathematics. She works with school teachers, FE lecturers, the Royal Society of Chemistry and local government science consultants to inform the School of Science's undergraduate provision, outreach, widening participation and public engagement activities and welcomes enquiries from potential collaborators, teachers, lecturers, councillors and educationalists regarding any aspect of her teaching, research or outreach activities.

Responsibilities within the university

Course participation

  • Inorganic Chemistry (Level 4)
  • Practical and Professional Skills (Level 4)
  • Intermediate Chemistry (Level 5)
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Level 6)
  • BSc Chemical Sciences Project – Research (Level 6)
  • Advanced Practical Techniques and Research Methodology (Level 7)
  • Open Course for Chemists (Level 7)
  • Special Topics in Chemistry (Level 7)
  • MChem Graduation Research Project – Research (Level 7).


  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • Chartered Chemist (CChem)

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Coleman's principal research interest is the preparation of silicate clays, zeolites, cements, glasses and mixed-metal frameworks for use in construction, ion exchange, water purification and implantable biomedical materials. Her research has been supported by the Royal Society, EPSRC, Royal Society of Chemistry, Nuffield Foundation and SEEDA. She works in collaboration with other researchers in China, Macedonia, Turkey, France and Spain.


Hydrothermal synthesis; sol-gel; hydraulic cements; antimicrobial/antibacterial bioactive materials; in vitro bioactivity; materials characterisation; textural analysis (nitrogen gas sorption, BET surface area, BJH pore size distribution, helium pycnometry); 29Si, 27Al and 31P solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR); infrared spectroscopy (FTIR); scanning electron microscopy (SEM); differential thermal analysis (DTA); thermogravimetric analysis (TGA); differential scanning calorimetry (DSC); powder x-ray diffraction (XRD); sequential extraction and leach testing methods for trace metals in soils, marine sediments and waste materials; mineral recycling; ion-exchange and kinetic modelling.



Bellantone, M., Coleman, N.J., and Hench, L.L. 2000. Formulation, bioactivity and antimicrobial properties of a tailored bioglass produced by the sol-gel process. Patent No. WO0076486.

Key funded projects

  • 2012: The Nuffield Foundation, London - ~£5 000
    Science Bursaries for Schools & Colleges
  • 2011: The Nuffield Foundation, London - ~£2 000
    Bioactive Composites for Tissue Regeneration
  • 2011: The Nuffield Foundation, London - ~£3 000
    Science Bursaries for Schools & Colleges
  • 2010: The Nuffield Foundation, London - ~£2 000
    Science Bursaries for Schools & Colleges
  • 2010: Royal Society, London - £2 000
    'Stem Power' (Partnership Grant)
  • 2010: Royal Society of Chemistry, London: £750
    Research Grant
  • 2009: University of Malta - £5 000
    Analytical Consultancy
  • 2008: Royal Society of Chemistry, London: £1,580
    Ag-, Zn- and Sr-Substituted Tobermorites
  • 2007: Royal Society, London: £8,670
    Bioactive Zirconium Silicate Framework Structures for Bone-Contact Applications
  • 2007: The Nuffield Foundation, London: £1,190
    A Novel Approach to Glass Recycling
  • 2007: Royal Society of Chemistry, London: £1,560
    Radiopaque Calcium Alumino(silicate) Cements for Dental and Orthopaedic Repair
  • 2006: Nirex Ltd., Oxfordshire: £9,700
    Inorganic Sorbent Phases
  • 2006: Royal Society of Chemistry, London: £600
    Zirconium Phosphates for Bone Tissue Regeneration: a Feasibility Study
  • 2005: South East Proof of Concept Fund (Finance South East Ltd): £8,700
    Layer-lattice Calcium Silicate Substrates for Bone Regeneration
  • 2000: EPSRC – Waste and Pollution Management Programme: £57,600
    Synthesis of Zeolites Grant number GR/N25800/01
  • 2000: Roger Bullivant Limited, Walton Road, Burton-on-Trent, DE15 9UA: £13,500
    Drakelow Contaminated Land Remediation Project.