Am flexible and friendly tutor, who would love to teach and feel that students understand fully. I always try hard to make sure students achieve their targets with a full understanding of the subject. I would like to use a variety of visual aids during my teaching, I make it interesting and practical in nature. I apply different teaching methods based on the need and ability of the students. I always make sure that my students are confident and able to pass their subjects.
I gained a PhD. in Analytical Sciences and a MSc. in Pharmaceutical and Analytical Sciences from Huddersfield University. I am passionate and capable in teaching sciences; chemistry, biology, Arabic language and pharmaceutical subjects. I always like to help others to meet their target. I have also shown myself to be self-motivated, committed and determined in achieving my goals, come what may.
I have also demonstrated negotiating and organising skills a firm sense of responsibility and my capacity to work hard under pressure. I possessed excellent verbal and written communication skills and am able to relate to a wide range of people, as proven by my varied work experiences: in administration, computing and teaching work at an academic level.
During my PhD., I did teach, demonstrated and supervised university level students and helped them during their practical classes at different laboratories as well as had assisted and assessed master degree and project students around the year during their practical research projects.
I also have privately taught different students within the past two years and still. I usually teach, chemistry, biology, and Arabic language to different levels.
I also was employed as an Academic Staff at my local university back in my country Iraq. My duties were included:
The preparation of materials and equipment for chemistry practicals in laboratories.
The demonstrating of experimental practicals, examinations and assessments done by students and ensuring by liaising with appropriate members of the teaching staff, that adequate glassware, chemicals, reagents etc., are available.
Also the setting- up of apparatus for chemical reactions, preparing reagents, monitoring and testing equipment for students to use. Assisting in the preparation of lessons and examinations as directed.
Ensuring that all work is undertaken in accordance with Health and Safety legislation and that safety checks on equipment took place.
I also, worked as a Lecturer of Organic Chemistry; Teaching higher education students basic concepts of organic chemistry such as, Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, Aromatics, Functional Groups, Alcohols and Ethers, Aldehydes, Ketones, Esters, and Amines. Helping and demonstrates for students with practical classes at laboratories.
I am happy to teach GCSC studenst at a rate of £15/h, but A-level students at £18/h and University level students at £20/h.
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I am keen to pursue a career as a Chemistry Teacher working in an academic environment or providing private lessons applying my degrees’ knowledge where my expertise in Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, Pharmaceuticals and Analytical Chemistry will be utilized. I am a recent graduate who combined studies with teaching work and other commitments. In achieving this, I have shown myself to be self-motivated, committed and determined in achieving my goals. I have demonstrated negotiating and organizing skills, a firm sense of responsibility and my capacity to work hard under pressure and could work efficiently as part of a team or independently. I possessed excellent verbal and written communication skills and am able to relate to a wide range of people, as proven by my work experiences in scientific researches and teaching work.
2013 - 2016 Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, University of Huddersfield.
Thesis Title: Synthesis and Characterisation of Novel Sophorolipids and their Biological Applications.
A synopsis of the work undertaken is attached as an appendix.
Research Projects: Analysis and characterization of low molecular weight glycolipids based biosurfactants produced by C.bombicola; the extraction and analysis of Exopolysaccharides (EPS) secreted by the filamentous fungal species, (Trichophyton tonsurans). The EPS structural characterisation using NMR, HPAEC-PAD and GC-MS techniques.
2011- 2012 MSc. Pharmaceutical and Analytical Sciences (1:1), University of Huddersfield.
Dissertation Project: Nanocrystallisation to Enhance the Solubility and Dissolution Rate of Commercial Ibuprofen.
Modules studied include; Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Analysis, Data Handling & Treatment, Advanced Separation Techniques, Molecular Medicine, Advanced Methods for Organics, Pharmaceutical Preparations and their Testing, Fundamentals of Analytical Science.
2003 - 2006 MSc. Inorganic-Analytical Chemistry (1:1), Basra University, Basra, Iraq.
Dissertation Project: Synthesis, Characterisation of Novel Cyclic and Non-Cyclic Imines and their Analytical Application with some metal-ions.
Modules studied include; Advanced Analytical Instrumentation, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Polymer and Industrial Chemistry, Biochemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Separations Techniques.
1996 - 2001 BSc. (Hons) Chemistry (1:1), Basra University, Basra, Iraq. Core modules studied include; Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer and Industrial Chemistry, Biochemistry and Clinical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Separations Methods, Kinetic and Quantum Chemistry.
COMMERCIAL AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2013 - 2016 Chemistry and Microbiology Departments, University of Huddersfield.
• As part of my PhD, I was collaborating with an industrial partner; Croda Biotechnology for 2 years, performing products’ characterisation and analysis for the commercial QC purposes at the Analytical Chemistry laboratory.
• As an Analytical Chemist, I had involved in the analysis and interpretation of 1D- & 2D-NMR, HPAEC, LC-MS, GC-MS and FTIR data of different test-samples, organic compounds and glycolipid samples provided by Croda or chemically synthesised as well as investigating the presence of free sugars in glycolipids’ fermentation wastes streams.
• My key academic achievement was a research work included the synthesis of novel sophorolipid derivatives starting from sophorose, utilizing Novozyme 435 in the enzyme-catalysed esterification and O-glycosylation reactions. These derivatives have displayed good inhibitory activity against MCF7 and PC3 cancer cell lines.
• I have developed good knowledge and skills in Organic/Inorganic Synthesis including: multi-step organic synthesis reactions, synthesis of O-glycosides of carbohydrate and the synthesis of 12-membered cyclic imine ligands and their complexation with heavy metal-ions.
• Other skills include the synthesis and performing air, moisture and light sensitive reactions. Widely experienced in Organic-Analytical Chemistry techniques, such as NMR, UV-VIS, FTIR, KF, LC-MS/UV, GC-MS, HPAEC-PAD, Wet Chemistry, flush chromatography, isolation of valuable sugars from wastes streams and carbohydrate synthesis skills. In addition to the knowledge in using different microbiological methods including; fermentation of yeast and fungi, and EPS extraction & characterisation.
2011-2012 Pharmaceuticals Department, University of Huddersfield.
• Techniques learned and utilised include; the use of solvent/anti-solvent precipitation technique for nanocrystals synthesis influenced by ultrasound energy and wet-massing tablet formulations. Characterisation of nanocrystals using a variety of analytical instrumentations namely; particle size analytical techniques (Nanoparticle tracking analysis NTA 2.2, Mastersizer 2000), zeta potential and light microscopic techniques. In addition to other main techniques, such as HPLC-UV, UV-VIS, XRD, DSC, FT-IR analysis, tablet dissolution, and freeze-drying methods.
TEACHING WORK EXPERIENCE
2014-Current Private Tutor of Chemistry, (concealed information) AL-Jasim
• Teaching variety of chemistry subjects and topics to higher education students including undergraduate & postgraduates and assisting them with preparation for tests by providing explanation for various scientific concepts while working on practice test questions and modelling various study strategies.
• Assisting students individually with home-work problems, tutorials or material they found difficult to understand in their core modules, assignments, practical reports, dissertations, literatures review, etc.
2014-2016 Postgraduate-Demonstrator/Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Department, University
• Demonstrated experiments and supervised practical lessons for undergraduate students of up to 30 students at different chemistry laboratories.
• Supervised and instructed students in organic/analytical chemistry techniques. Emphasized keeping complete and accurate scientific notes.
• Supervised and assisted students with multi-step syntheses of compounds designed to teach general laboratory techniques. Involved in marking practical reports.
• Safe disposal of hazardous chemicals and biological waste.
• Supervised 4 undergraduates on their research and dissertations. Involved and supervised 2 postgraduates on their projects in the field of carbohydrate chemistry.
• Ensuring that all work is undertaken in accordance with health and safety legislation.
2007-2009 Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Department, University of Basra, Iraq
• Stocking of reagents and maintaining equipment for Organic Chemistry practical classes and demonstrating experiments, examinations, and marking students’ reports.
• Liaising with appropriate members of teaching staff to ensure that adequate glassware, chemicals, reagents etc., are available to use.
• Setting-up apparatus for chemical reactions, preparing reagents, monitoring and testing equipment for students. Assisting in the preparation of lessons and examinations as directed. Ensuring that all work is undertaken in accordance with health and safety legislation.
• Contribute to the teaching and development of undergraduate practical chemistry courses as well as undertaking some administration responsibilities.
• Supervised final-year undergraduates’ chemistry research projects.
2006- 2006 Chemistry Lecturer, Technical College of Engineering, Basra, Iraq
• Teaching year 2 & 3 students’ organic reactions and mechanisms, topics include: Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, Aromatics, Functional Groups, Alcohols and Ethers, Aldehydes, Ketones, Esters, Amines and Aromatic Organic Chemistry. Also, organising chemistry tutorials and examinations.
• Prepare high-quality undergraduate teaching material.
• Helping and demonstrating for students with practical classes.
• Addressing individual students’ questions and needs.
• AMRSC member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
• Member of the IBCarb Network at Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB).
Teamwork: Oral communication skills expressed in presentations and in talking to the general public. Writing skills developed with essay writing. My MSc. courses greatly enhanced my written and verbal communication skills due to many presentations, assignments, posters, essays and projects required.
Languages: Skilled and fluent in English and native Arabic language.
Computer skills: ICDL Certificate and experience of MS Office Suite, statistical software Minitab 16, using email and the Internet.
I enjoy reading a wide range of literature, current affairs, listening to music, travelling, cooking, walking, swimming and football.
Ammar AL-Jasim, Mark Davis, Douglas Cossar, Timothy Miller, Paul Humphreys, and Andrew P. Laws. "Isolation of sophorose during sophorolipid production and studies of its stability in aqueous alkali: epimerisation of sophorose to 2-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-D-mannose." Carbohydrate Research 421 (2016): 46-54.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Prize for outstanding achievement by a taught postgraduate student, 2012, the University of Huddersfield.
CONFERENCES AND COURSES ATTENDED
• RSC Bio-Organic Group Postgraduate Research Symposium, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, 11th April 2013.
• The 1st UK Hydrocolloids Symposium, Huddersfield University’s Carbohydrate Research Group, the University of Huddersfield, 20th September 2013.
• Spring 2014 Royal Society of Chemistry Carbohydrate Group Meeting, The University of Bath, 30th April -1st May 2014.
• Teaching Assistant Preparation Programme, The University of Huddersfield, 2nd- 9th April 2014.
• Train The Trainer course, including principles of: Transfer of knowledge, training and teaching, coaching skills, assessment methods and delivery of learning, Orchard Training Solutions, Rochdale, 29th June-3rd July 2010.
1-DETAILED SYNOPSIS OF Ph.D.:
• Synthesis and Characterisation of Novel Sophorolipids and Their Biological Applications
Candida Bombicola yeast species is the preferred commercial strain for the synthesis of sophorolipids: glycolipid molecules with surface tension lowering capacities and biological activity. Sophorolipids biosurfactants attract quite some industrial attention due to the high yields of over 400 g/L which can be obtained by cultivations with C. bombicola.
In this study, full investigation and characterisation of the fermentation products (sophorolipids) provided by Croda Biotechnology were performed. The analysis included the use of 1D- and 2D-NMR, FT-IR, HPLC-MS, monomer, and linkage analysis employing HPAEC-PAD, and GC-MS to fully characterise the main fermentation products: sophorolipids lactone and acid forms. The characterisation also looked at materials presented in waste streams during the production. Interestingly, free sophorose (disaccharide) was identified in a number of the waste streams. The composition of the lactone waste stream was investigated utilizing HPAEC-PAD and NMR techniques. The results indicated the presence of glucose, sophorose and trace amount of isomaltose; these were separated using a liquid-liquid extraction technique followed by the isolation of each sugar using carbon: celite 535 column chromatography. Attempts were made to determine the origin of sophorose. In aqueous alkali sophorose was observed to undergo an epimerisation reaction and was converted to 2-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-D-mannose. Another experiment was performed to investigate if enzyme(s) were present in the spent fermentation liquors, which were capable of hydrolysing sophorolipids to produce sophorose. The result suggested that sophorolipids were being converted into sophorose, glucose, isomaltose, and a glucolipid. Also in this study, a number of novel sophorolipids were synthesised starting from sophorose and using both enzyme and chemical glycosylation reactions. The lipase Novozyme 435 was used to catalyse the synthesis of the sophorolipid derivatives. Sophorose was used in the preparation of 2′′,3′,3′′,4′,4″,6′,6″-hepta-O-acetyl-α-D-sophoryl bromide, which was coupled to a range of different fatty alcohols. The interfacial properties and enzyme inhibition effect of a number of novel sophorolipids were explored successfully.
Finally, the anticancer activity of the newly synthesised sophorolipids was investigated in a separate programme of work using MCF7 and PC3 cell lines. The MTT assay results confirmed that sophorolipids derivatives possess antitumor activity as the IC50 results indicated that the purified compounds displayed potent growth inhibitory activity against these cell lines.
2-DETAILED SYNOPSIS OF MSc. PROJECTS:
• Nanocrystallisation to Enhance the Solubility and Dissolution Rate of Ibuprofen
In this research, ibuprofen microcrystals were reduced to the nanosized range using Solvent/Anti-solvent precipitation technique influenced by ultrasound energy in the presence of various stabilizers (surfactants) to inhibit the growth of nanocrystals during sono-crystallization process. The morphology of the formulated nanocrystals was characterized using various analytical techniques including: DSC, XRPD, Mesmerizer 2000, and FTIR. The purity and saturation solubility were determined using HPLC-UV and UV-Vis methods. Ibuprofen microcrystals/nanocrystals were formulated into tablet oral dosage form and the drug release profile was investigated and confirmed by dissolution study.
• Synthesis, Characterisation of New Cyclic and Non Cyclic Imines and their Analytical Application with some Metal-Ions
In this project, a series of novel crown imines (12-membered rings) and their half cyclized intermediate were synthesized via the reaction of different 1,2-diketones with various aliphatic and aromatic 1,2-diamines in the presence of acid catalyst. Structures and physicochemical properties of these cyclic imines were characterized by NMR, FT-IR, UV-VIS and AAS. Complex formation tendency was investigated using spot-test analysis which conducted with different transition-metal ions in solutions. Mole-ratio and continuous variation methods were used to determine the ligand to metal ratio. Crown imines-ligands and their complexes were supported into polyurethane foams and the chelating efficiency of these foams towards several transition metal ions was studies by batch system using UV/VIS & AAS techniques.
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