Prof. Gary Bond

Professor of Materials Chemistry and Head of PROTECT

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Subject Areas: Chemistry

Prof Gary Bond joined the University of Central Lancashire in 1995 and has contributed to the teaching of chemistry on a number of academic courses including biological sciences, forensic science and chemistry. He still delivers undergraduate lectures in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. Prof Bond’s research is focused on the study of reactions at interfaces, particularly involving the application of microwaves.

Prof Bond is a member of the Functional Materials Research Group.

Full Profile

Professor Bond undertook his graduate studies in applied chemistry at Liverpool Polytechnic. Upon graduation he joined the research group of Prof F.S. Stone working in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. His PhD studies were funded by Imperial Chemicals Company (ICI). The title of the thesis was “The Preparation and Characterisation of Fe/MgO catalysis for the Hydrogenation of Nitriles” On completion of his PhD studies he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Hull. Initially, working with Prof P.B. Wells on the enantioselective hydrogenation of alpha-keto esters and then latterly with Drs R.B. Moyes and D.A. Whan on the advantageous use of microwave radiation in catalysis.

Prof Bond joined the chemistry team at UCLan in 1995. Since joining the University he has contributed to the teaching of chemistry on a wide variety of courses, including chemistry, biology, environmental science, forensic science and pharmacy. In 2007 he was largely responsible for the re-launch of BSc (Hons) Chemistry at UCLan and was course leader from 2007 – 2009. In 2008 he took up the position as academic lead for the forensic sciences section of the School and in 2011 took over as acting associate head of School for the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Since joining the University Prof Bond’s research has centred on the following key themes; heterogeneous catalysis, microwave processing and waste minimisation. His work has attracted funding (in excess of £2m) from government, industry and funding councils. His research has been internationally recognised and he has been invited to present plenary lectures throughout Europe, Australia and USA. In 2007 he was appointed to the role of visiting professor, CNRS Laboratory for Catalysis and Spectroscopy, University of Caen, France. In 2008 he took over of head of the Centre for Materials Science at UCLan and in 2010 he was appointed as professor of materials chemistry at UCLan.


Friedel-Craftes Acylation Reactions using Heterogeneous Catalysts Stimulated by Conventional and Microwave Heating.
G. Bond, J.A. Gardner, R.W. McCabe and D.J. Shorrock
Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 278, 1 (2007).

The Generation of Microwave-induced Plasma in Granular Active Carbons under Fluidised Bed Conditions.
G.M.B. Parkes, L. Dawson, P.A. Barnes, R. Mao and G. Bond.
Carbon 220, 46 (2008).

The Development of a Novel Microwave Generated Plasma Reactor for High Throughput Oxidation Processes.
C.J. Bool, G. Bond, M. Richardson and J. Qiao
Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy, 14, 41(3), (2007).

Development of a novel instrument for microwave dielectric thermal analysis.
B.K.S. Nair, G.M.B. Parkes, P.A. Barnes, M.J.N. Sibley and G. Bond
Review of Scientific Instruments, 77(4), 045108 (2006).

More publications


Heterogeneous catalysis as part of green chemistry.


Delivered summer schools at

Romania Academy of Sciences, Bucharest 2012

Second Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications 2012

First Joint Microwave and Ultrasound Summer School, Avignon 2011.

External Roles

Committee member for Association of Microwave Power for Education and Research in Europe (AMPEREE)


Prof Bond is a member of the organising committee for the Association of Microwave Power for Education and Research in Europe (AMPERE). He helped organise and deliver the first joint microwave and ultra sound summers school held in Avignon 2011, a further summer school held as part of the second Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications 2012 USA and by invitation of the Romanian Academy of Sciences and summer school on microwave processing, Bucharest 2012.


Heterogeneous catalysis,

Microwave chemistry / processing,

Waste minimisation


Hybrid Power Train Thermal & Emissions Modelling Jaguar Cars Ltd £45,914
A Chromatographic Terchnique for Spent Fuel EPSRC / NNL Industrial Case Award £89,117
Decontamination of Irradiated Graphite EPSRC / NNL Industrial Case Award £89,117
The Post Disposal Behaviour of 14C in Irradiated Graphite. University of Huddersfield, University of Bristol. EPSRC / NDA £170,000