Dr Stuart Archer

Researcher (Researcher Development)


My main job at the University of Derby is to create and run the Researcher Development Programme. This is a training and development programme for research staff and students to help them make the most of their research and career aspirations. A big part of this is supporting our staff towards the next Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) submission. I work in the central University Research and Knowledge Exchange Office (URKEO). 

As a research chemist by training, I also carry out my own independent research in collaboration with The University of Sheffield, UK and Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany. 

I regularly present guest lectures on the chemistry of food and cooking, at both universities and to the general public.

Teaching responsibilities

I deliver parts of the Researcher Development Programme to staff and students, for example writing retreats and presentation skills sessions.

Research interests

Currently, I am investigating new metal-based molecules that could potentially be used to diagnose and treat skin cancers using laser light. 

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I have presented my research at a number of research, most recently the Dalton 2018 Conference in Coventry and the International Symposium for the Photochemistry and Photophysics of Coordination Complexes 2017 (ISPPCC).

I have also had the honour to give guest lectures at University College London and The University of Sheffield.

Experience in industry

Prior to doing my PhD, I spend 4 years working as an analytical chemist for AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company. 

International experience

I regularly work with researchers at the Photonics Institute in Jena, Germany as part of my research.

Recent publications

For full details please visit my ORCiD Page.