Dr Gwilym teaches the following modules:
SXP2010 World Poverty and Inequality
SXP3010 Issues in Housing
SXP4037 Health Policies
SXP4040 Key Issues in Social Policy
International Experience Modules
International Coordinator for School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
Admissions Tutor for Social Sciences
My research interests are centred on the synthesis, structure, and applications of:
- Lewis acidity of organoborates/organosilicates.
- Polyborate salts.
Several novel isolated polyborate species have been discovered as a result of crystal engineering from cation templated self-assembly in aqueous solution and a NMR method for measuring Lewis acidity has been established.
Top Cited Publications
A convenient NMR method for the measurement of Lewis acidity at boron centres: correlation of reaction rates of Lewis acid initiated epoxide polymerizations with Lewis acidity, M.A. Beckett, G.C. Strickland, J.R. Holland, and K.S. Varma, Polymer, 1996, 37, 4629-4631. [177 citations].
Lewis acidity of tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane: crystal and molecular structure of B(C6F5)3.OPEt3, M.A. Beckett, D.S. Brassington, S.J. Coles, and M.B. Hursthouse, Inorg. Chem. Commun., 2000, 3, 530-533. [127 citations].
Specific areas of recent interest:
1. Lewis Acidity.
Organoborates are being studied as potential Lewis acid catalysts and 31P NMR is being used to measure/compare the Lewis acidity of the organoborates. This technique uses Et3PO as a probe molecule, and reports Gutmann's AN values. This technique is often referred to as the 'Gutmann-Beckett Method'.
The synthesis and characterization of polyborate salts containing cationic transition-metal complexes and non-metal cations is being investigated. Transition-metal coordination compounds as cations have been chosen because of their steric bulk, high charge, and their abilty to form many H-bonds donor interactions with groups in their second coordination shell. The aim of this work is to investigate their structure directing effects and to engineer novel polyborate anions.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Chartered Chemist (1997) CChem, FRSC.
Fellow Higher Education Academy (1998) FHEA.
Subject Specialist Reviewer (Chemistry), Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) 2003-2004.
Appointed member of Commitee for Accreditation and Validation (CAV) for RSC 2005-2011; Vice-Chair 2010-2011.
Member of Membership and Qualifications Board (MQB) for RSC 2012-2015.
Vice-Chair Local Section (North Wales) for RSC 2011-14; Chair, 2014 -2017; member 2017-.
Member of International Advisory Committee, European Conference on boron Chemistry (Euroboron), 2012-.
Member of International Advisory Committee, International meeting on boron chemistry (Imeboron) 2013-.
Task Group Chair - Nomenclature of boron hydrides and related compounds - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), 2013-.
Elected Titular Member (Division VIII), International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), 1 Jan 2020-31 Dec 2021, 1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2019; Associate Member (Division VIII), 1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017; Titular Member 1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2015; Titular Member (Division VIII), 1 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2013.
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Visual Analytics is analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces. This subgroup focuses on the investigation of analytic methods and the development of visual analysis tools that display and interact with large datasets. Building on a strong foundation of research into multiple and multiform views, we are developing a lead in this area. For instance, Bangor was a founding member of the UK Visual Analytics Consortium (UKVAC), which partners academics from Middlesex University (lead), Bangor, Imperial, Oxford and University College London. The UKVAC is working with the support of the US Department of Homeland Security via the US National Visualization and Analytics Center at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington State, and in close collaboration with the UK Home Office.
We have established research into applied visual perception, especially in the context of new display technologies and high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. The sub-group investigates how the knowledge of the human visual system and perception can be incorporated within computer graphics and imaging algorithms. This includes designing and optimization of imaging algorithms that adapt to human visual performance and viewing conditions to deliver the best images given limited resources, such as computation time or display contrast. In 2012, Mantiuk was awarded an EPSRC First Grant to quantify image quality in computer graphics (EP/I006575/1). The grant led to the development of a new comprehensive image quality metric for high dynamic range scenes (HDR-VDP-2, source code released on Open Source basis), and the creation of a quality database for computer graphics artefacts (collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science, Saarbruecken, Germany). The research outcomes include several high impact publications, including two ACM SIGGRAPH (ACM Transactions on Graphics) and two Eurographics (Computer Graphics Forum) papers, as well as several conference papers.
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