Portrait of Dr Jeremy Hopwood Dr Jeremy Hopwood

j.d.hopwood@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473989



Jeremy Hopwood is a Senior Lecturer in chemistry and has worked at the University of Huddersfield since 2005. Jeremy’s first degree was from The University of Salford in 1989 where he studied applied chemistry. It was whilst undertaking placements at The Freshwater Biological Association, Bowness and at Unilever Research, Port Sunlight that he became interested in environmental chemistry and mineralogy. After graduating he worked as a physical scientist at the Flour Milling and Baking Research Association, Chorleywood. He then undertook a PhD in crystal growth at The University of Bath. The subject of his research was the crystallisation of barium sulphate in different environments including water, mixtures of water and additives, microemulsions and in deep-sea xenophyophore protozoa. After completing his doctorate he moved to The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) to study the formation of inorganic coatings on lead water pipes. The work was funded by United Utilities at the time when the limit for lead in tap water was reduced from 50ppm to 25ppm. Further work on lead in tap water was undertaken whilst working for Pipeline Developments, Salford.

Jeremy then undertook a career change and freelanced in education for a number of organisations including Stockport County Football Club and Concept Cartoons before undertaking a PGCE in secondary science at The Manchester Metropolitan University. After teaching A-level Chemistry for 3 years, he returned to academia to take up the position of science communicator at The University of Huddersfield. Since then, Jeremy has designed and facilitated numerous science workshops for schools and colleges. He has worked closely with the Royal Society of Chemistry and was involved in the prestigious RSC “Chemistry: The Next Generation” project. He has also organised large RSC Chemistry@Work events and regularly runs qualifying heats for the RSC Top of the Bench Competition and Schools’ Analyst Competition. In 2008, he helped the University obtain the Guinness World Record© for the longest model of DNA, which was built in 57 minutes with staff, university students, students from local sixthforms and teachers. Jeremy runs secondary and sixthform workshops with the National Coal Mining Museum of England called ‘What’s in Our Water’, which looks at the science behind acid mine drainage. He has also worked with Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, providing STEM workshops for primary schools and two summer science camps. The later was funded in 2016 by The RSC Outreach Fund. In October 2016, he was awarded 2nd place in recognition of valuable contributions to the community by "Communities Who Can".

As well as his science communicator role Jeremy has continued to work on lead in tap water. He obtained two small grants from Yorkshire Water in 2010 - 2011 and a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) grant with Yorkshire Water in 2012 – 2014. During this time the limit for lead in tap water was reduced from 25ppm to 10ppm. He is very interested in the minerals that grow on the pipe, their solubilities and how they control the concentration of lead in tap water.

Jeremy works 4 days per week and spread over 5 days, which helps with family responsibilities. He tweets about science outreach and about issues relating to lead in tap water @JezHud.

Research and Scholarship

Jeremy's main area of research is on lead in tap water, which is an important public health issue. In the UK and elsewhere, many people have a length of lead pipe connecting their property to the mains water pipe in the street. Jeremy's research focuses on the mechanism of lead release from lead water pipes and on how phosphate, which is added at the water treatment works, controls the concentration of lead. Areas covered include: crystallography, microscopy, material analysis, ion speciation, mineral solubility, corrosion, pipe rig studies and analysis of water sampling data. Jeremy advises UK water utilities on lead in tap water issues.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Hopwood, J., Derrick, G., Brown, D., Newman, C., Haley, J., Kershaw, R. and Collinge, M. (2016) ‘The Identification and Synthesis of Lead Apatite Minerals Formed in Lead Water PipesJournal of Chemistry , 2016 (907406), pp. 1-11. ISSN 2090-906


Hopwood, J., Berry, S. and Ambrose, J. (2013) ‘Field studies for key stage 4 on mine water pollution: a university and museum collaborationSchool Science Review , 95 (351), pp. 84-94. ISSN 0036-6811


Burton, R., Ferrari, E., Davey, R., Hopwood, J., Quayle, M., Finney, J. and Bowron, D. (2008) ‘The Structure of a Supersaturated Solution: A Neutron Scattering Study of Aqueous UreaCrystal Growth and Design , 8 (5), pp. 1559-1565. ISSN 1528-7483

Hopwood, J (2008) Report on the 2008 Guinness World record for the longest model of DNA.. University of Huddersfield (Unpublished).


Moore, L., Hopwood, J. and Davey, R. (2004) ‘Unusual morphological and microstructural features of synthetic calcite induced by acrylate/styrene copolymersJournal of Crystal Growth , 261 (1), pp. 93-98. ISSN 0022-0248


Hopwood, J., Davey, R., Jones, M., Pritchard, R., Cardew, P. and Booth, A. (2002) ‘Development of chloropyromorphite coatings for lead water pipesJournal of Materials Chemistry , 12 (6), pp. 1717-1723. ISSN 0959-9428


Qi, L., C´┐Żlfen, H., Antonietti, M., Li, M., Hopwood, J., Ashley, A. and Mann, S. (2001) ‘Formation of BaSO4 Fibres with Morphological Complexity in Aqueous Polymer SolutionsChemistry - A European Journal , 7 (16), p. 3526. ISSN 0947-6539


Hopwood, J., Mann, S. and Gooday, A. (1997) ‘The Crystallography and Possible Origin of Barium Sulphate in Deep Sea Rhizopod Protists (Xenophyophorea)Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK , 77 (04), pp. 969-987. ISSN 0025-3154

Hopwood, J. and Mann, S. (1997) ‘Synthesis of Barium Sulfate Nanoparticles and Nanofilaments in Reverse Micelles and MicroemulsionsChemistry of Materials , 9 (8), pp. 1819-1828. ISSN 0897-4756

Archibald, D., Gaber, B., Hopwood, J., Mann, S. and Boland, T. (1997) ‘Atomic force microscopy of synthetic barite microcrystalsJournal of Crystal Growth , 172 (1-2), pp. 231-248. ISSN 0022-0248


Walsh, D., Hopwood, J. and Mann, S. (1994) ‘Crystal Tectonics: Construction of Reticulated Calcium Phosphate Frameworks in Bicontinuous Reverse MicroemulsionsScience , 264 (5165), pp. 1576-1578. ISSN 0036-8075


Fuller, S., Hopwood, J., Rahman, A., Shinde, N., Tiddy, G., Attard, G., Howell, O. and Sproston, S. (1992) ‘Amphitropic liquid crystals. Two lamellar phases in a surfactant containing thermotropic and lyotropic mesogenic groupsLiquid Crystals , 12 (3), pp. 521-529. ISSN 0267-8292


Tipping, E. and Hopwood, J. (1988) ‘Estimating streamwater concentrations of aluminium released from streambeds during 'acid episodes'Environmental Technology , 9 (7), pp. 703-712. ISSN 0959-3330