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Dr Gemma Shearman

Senior Lecturer


I am a Senior Lecturer in Physical / Computational Chemistry at Kingston University, having previously held a similar position at London Metropolitan University. Additional responsibilities include module leaderships for both CH5003 (Physical Chemistry, Level 5) and CH6004 (the final year Project module, Level 6). I received an MChem (Master of Chemistry) degree from the University of Oxford (2000), during which time I was also awarded the Turbett Prize in Chemistry (practical organic chemistry). Following this, I gained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Imperial College London.  My research interests broadly revolve around soft condensed matter and the democratisation of science but I also have specific pedagogic research interests in curriculum design and revision technique.

Areas of specialism

  • Physical chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Biophysics


  • PGCert. (Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education), London Metropolitan University
  • PhD., Imperial College London
  • M.Chem., University of Oxford

Professional membership

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)


My research interests are varied but mainly fall within the broad umbrellas of soft condensed matter and biological physics. Key research areas include:

  • Engineering principles in membrane biophysics
  • Designer lipids and mesoscale materials for future drug delivery
  • Tools and technologies for health-related applications

Historically, these mostly stem from my final year undergraduate research project, which was on the Marangoni effect of dilute surfactant solutions with Professor Colin Bain (now based at Durham University). This in turn then led to a PhD funded by Unilever on the lyotropic phase behaviour of charged amphiphiles (in essence, surfactants comprising fabric softeners) in the Membrane Biophysics group at Imperial College. Post-doctoral research in a range of closely related areas such as drug-lipid membrane interactions consolidated my interests in biophysics.


Number of items: 21.


Lopez, Felipe L., Shearman, Gemma C., Gaisford, Simon and Williams, Gareth R. (2014) Amorphous formulations of indomethacin and griseofulvin prepared by electrospinning. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 11(12), pp. 4327-4338. ISSN (print) 1543-8384

Illangakoon, U. Eranka, Gill, Hardyal, Shearman, Gemma C., Parhizkar, Maryam, Mahalingam, Sunthar, Chatterton, Nicholas P. and Williams, Gareth R. (2014) Fast dissolving paracetamol / caffeine nanofibers prepared by electrospinning. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 477(1-2), pp. 369-379. ISSN (print) 0378-5173

Tyler, A.I.I., Shearman, G.C., Brooks, N.J., Delacroix, H., Law, R.V., Templer, R.H., Ces, O. and Seddon, J.M. (2011) Hydrostatic pressure effects on a hydrated lipid inverse micellar Fd3m cubic phase. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 13(8), pp. 3033-3038. ISSN (print) 1463-9076

Shearman, Gemma C., Brooks, Nicholas J., Tiddy, Gordon J. T., Sztucki, Michael, Templer, Richard H., Law, Robert V., Ces, Oscar and Seddon, John M. (2011) A lyotropic inverse ribbon phase in a branched-chain polyoxyethylene surfactant : pressure effects. Soft Matter, 7(9), pp. 4386-4390. ISSN (print) 1744-683X

Shearman, G.C., Tyler, A.I.I., Brooks, N.J., Templer, R.H., Ces, O., Law, R.V., Seddon, J.M. and , (2010) Ordered micellar and inverse micellar lyotropic phases. Liquid Crystals, 37(6-7), pp. 679-694. ISSN (print) 0267-8292

Shearman, Gemma C., Ces, Oscar and Templer, Richard H. (2010) Towards an understanding of phase transitions between inverse bicontinuous cubic lyotropic liquid crystalline phases. Soft Matter, 6, pp. 256-262. ISSN (print) 1744-683X

Shearman, Gemma C., Tyler, Arwen I. I., Brooks, Nicholas J., Templer, Richard H., Ces, Oscar, Law, Robert V. and Seddon, John M. (2009) A 3-D hexagonal inverse micellar lyotropic phase. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131(5), pp. 1678-1679. ISSN (print) 0002-7863

Shearman, Gemma C., Ugazio, Stephane, Soubiran, Laurent, Hubbard, John, Ces, Oscar, Seddon, John M. and Templer, Richard H. (2009) Factors controlling the stability of a kinetically hindered lamellar-lamellar transition. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 113(7), pp. 1948-1953. ISSN (print) 1520-6106

Shearman, Gemma C., Yahioglu, Gokhan, Kirstein, Johanna, Milgrom, Lionel R. and Seddon, John M. (2009) Synthesis and phase behaviour of [beta]-octaalkyl porphyrins. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 19(5), pp. 598-604. ISSN (print) 0959-9428

Shearman, Gemma C., Ugazio, Stephane, Soubiran, Laurent, Hubbard, John, Ces, Oscar, Seddon, John M. and Templer, Richard H. (2009) The lyotropic phase behaviour of ester quaternary surfactants. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 331(2), pp. 463-469. ISSN (print) 0021-9797

Lydon, Donocadh P., Albesa-Jove, David, Shearman, Gemma C., Seddon, John M., Howard, Judith A.K., Marder, Todd B. and Low, Paul J. (2009) The synthesis and liquid crystalline behaviour of alkoxy-substituted derivatives of 1,4-bis(phenylethynyl)benzene. Liquid Crystals, 35(2), pp. 119-132. ISSN (print) 0267-8292

Casey, Duncan R., Sebai, Sarra C., Shearman, Gemma C., Ces, Oscar, Law, Robert V., Templer, Richard H. and Gee, Antony D. (2008) Formulation affects the rate of membrane degradation catalyzed by cationic amphiphilic drugs. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 47(3), pp. 650-655. ISSN (print) 0888-5885

Shearman, Gemma C., Khoo, Bee J., Motherwell, Mary-Lynn, Brakke, Kenneth A., Ces, Oscar, Conn, Charlotte, Seddon, John M. and Templer, Richard H. (2007) Calculations of and evidence for chain packing stress in inverse lyotropic bicontinuous cubic phases. Langmuir, 23(13), pp. 7276-7285. ISSN (print) 0743-7463

Shearman, G.C., Attard, G.S., Hunt, A.N., Jackowski, S., Baciu, M., Sebai, S.C., Mulet, X., Clarke, J.A., Law, R.V, Plisson, C., Parker, C.A., Gee, A., Ces, O. and Templer, R.H. (2007) Using membrane stress to our advantage. Biochemical Society Transactions, 35(3), pp. 498-501. ISSN (print) 0300-5127

Baciu, Magdalena, Sebai, Sarra C, Ces, Oscar, Mulet, Xavier, Clarke, James A., Shearman, Gemma C, Law, Robert V, Templer, Richard H, Plisson, Christophe, Parker, Christine A and Gee, Antony (2006) Degradative transport of cationic amphiphilic drugs across phospholipid bilayers. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 364(1847), pp. 2597-2614. ISSN (print) 1364-503X

Shearman, G C, Ces, O, Templer, R H and Seddon, J M (2006) Inverse lyotropic phases of lipids and membrane curvature. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 18(28), S1105-S1124. ISSN (print) 0953-8984

Seddon, John M, Squires, Adam M, Conn, Charlotte E, Ces, Oscar, Heron, Andrew J, Mulet, Xavier, Shearman, Gemma C and Templer, Richard H (2006) Pressure-jump X-ray studies of liquid crystal transitions in lipids. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 364(1847), pp. 2635-2655. ISSN (print) 1364-503X

Valkovska, Dimitrina S., Shearman, Gemma C., Bain, Colin D., Darton, Richard C. and Eastoe, Julian (2004) Adsorption of ionic surfactants at an expanding air-water interface. Langmuir, 20(11), pp. 4436-4445. ISSN (print) 0743-7463

Battal, Turgut, Shearman, Gemma C., Valkovska, Dimitrina, Bain, Colin D., Darton, Richard C. and Eastoe, Julian (2003) Determination of the dynamic surface excess of a homologous series of cationic surfactants by ellipsometry. Langmuir, 19(4), pp. 1244-1248. ISSN (print) 0743-7463

Book Section

Gordon, Vernita D., Beales, Paul A., Shearman, Gemma C., Zhao, Zhijun, Seddon, John M., Poon, Wilson C.K. and Egelhaaf, Stefan U. (2014) Solid-like domains in mixed lipid bilayers : effect of membrane lamellarity and transition pathway. In: Iglic, Ales and Kulkarni, Chandrashekhar V., (eds.) Advances in Planar Lipid Bilayers and Liposomes. Amsterdam, Netherlands : Academic Press. pp. 137-154. (Advances in planar lipid bilayers and liposomes, no. 20) ISSN (print) 1554-4516 ISBN 9780124186989

Conference or Workshop Item

Williams, Neil, Singer, Richard [Researcher] and Shearman, Gemma [Researcher] (2017) Teaching and assessment of good laboratory technique: pre-lab activities and digital badging. In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference 2017: Making Connections, Innovating and Sharing Pedagogy; 29-30 Jun 2017, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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