Dr Philippe Wilson

Job: Senior Lecturer VC2020 in Biological Chemistry and Cheminformatics

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Research group(s): Chemistry for Health

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 116257 7631

E: philippe.wilson@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.philippewilson.co.uk


Personal profile

Philippe is a Lecturer in Biological Chemistry and Cheminformatics in the Leicester School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University. Achieving First Class Honours in an Undergraduate Masters of Chemistry at the University of Bath, he progressed to complete a Ph.D under the supervision of Professor Ian H. Williams within the Computational Chemistry Section at Bath.

His work focussing on isotope effect calculations and the link between models and supramolecular systems, Philippe moved to DMU to further develop the theory and basis of contemporary isotope effect calculations. Working with groups across the UK and Europe, the Computational Biochemistry section at DMU is swiftly progressing, with work ranging from in depth electronic structure theory, through to biomineralisation and nucleation processes. Research in the Wilson lab considers the transition of miniturised technologies into the rapid and reliable early detection of metabolic conditions, grouping expertise from disciplines including engineering, translational medicine, and chemical analysis.

Philippe is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and regularly attends conferences across the UK and EU to present novel and innovative research. In 2017, Philippe was elected by Council vote to serve as a Member of the Royal Society of Biology. Additionally, he has been elected as a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London; the world's oldest extant biological institution.

In 2018 Philippe was named as one of the top 30 Scientists under 30 in Europe by the prestigious Forbes Magazine. He is Chair of the Royal Society of Biology East Midlands Branch, and member of the FAnGR committee at Defra.

Research group affiliations

  • Biomedical and Environmental Health
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Chemistry for Health

Publications and outputs 

To see a full list of Philippe's publications and outputs please click here.

Key research outputs

  • P. B. Wilson, P. J. Weaver, I. R. Greig and I. H. Williams, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2015, 119, 802-809
  • P. B. Wilson and I. H. Williams, Molecular Physics, 2015, 113, 1704-1711
  • P. B. Wilson and I. H. Williams, Angew. Chemie Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 3192-3195
  • J. Leitch, P. B. Wilson, C. L. McMullin, M. F. Mahon, Y. Bhonoah, I. H. Williams and C. G. Frost, ACS Catalysis , 2016, 6, pp 5520-5529
  • I. H. Williams and P. B. Wilson, SoftwareX, 2017, 6, 1-6 DOI: 10.1016/j.softx.2016.11.001

Research interests/expertise

Biological Chemistry and Cheminformatics

  • Medical Technologies
  • Translational Medicine
  • Miniaturisation for Early Detection of Disease
  • Isotope Effects in Chemistry and Biology
  • Computational Inorganic Catalysis
  • Electronic structure method development
  • Biomineralisation
  • Computational prediction of experimental spectra

Areas of teaching

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry


  • Ph.D, Theoretical Chemistry, University of Bath (2017)
  • MChem(Hons) First Class, University of Bath (2014)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Courses taught

  • PHAR 2604 – Contemporary Analytical Chemistry
  • PHAR 3604 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies - Bioinformatics II

Honours and awards

  • YMF Prize Lecture 2015
  • UBCD Seasonal Teaching Award
  • Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee 2017
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
  • Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 in Science & Healthcare, Europe

Membership of external committees

  • Trustee of the PCGB
  • Early Career Representative for the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Linnaean Society of London Seminar Organising Committee
  • Chair, Royal Society of Biology EMB Committee
  • DEFRA FAnGR Committee

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Member of the American Chemical Society
  • Member of the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London

Professional licences and certificates

Certificate in Research Supervision


Miniaturisation of Biomedical Technologies and Improved Tests for Early Detection of Diseases

We have recently been working together with our collaborators in the Grootveld group, NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Scheme and Low Field NMR manufacturer, Magritek, for the early detection of metabolic conditions through Low field NMR. This has led to significant publicity in the press:

Pioneering technology for the detection of diseases arrives at DMU

Innovative technology could predict diabetes 10 years before diagnosis

Dutch News Story

EU Medical Group News Story

Conference attendance

  • Euroscience Open Forum. Toulouse. July 2018
  • Royal College of Physicians Annual Conference: Innovation in Medicine. London. June 2018.
  • UK QSAR Group Meeting, University of Cardiff. April 2018.
  • CP2K UK User Meeting, University of Lincoln. January 2018
  • Young Modeller's Forum 2017, Royal Naval College, Greenwich. December 2017.
  • P. B. Wilson, Proceedings of the 2017 Computational Molecular Science Conference, Warwick, UK, 2017. Isotope Effects in Chemistry and Biology
  • I. H. Williams and P. B. Wilson, Proceedings of the 23rd IUPAC Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry, Sydney, Australia, 2016. Isotope Effect Calculations in the Supramolecular Age
  • P. B. Wilson and I. H. Williams, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Chemistry Theoretical Chemistry Group Conference 2016, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, 2016. Isotope Effect Calculations in the Supramolecular Age
  • P. B. Wilson and I. H. Williams, Proceedings of the 2015 Young Modellers' Forum, Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London 2015. The Secret Life of the Methyl Cation
  • P. B. Wilson and I. H. Williams, Abstracts of the 2014/15 NSCCS User Meeting, Imperial College London, 2015. The effect of implicit solvation and anharmonic corrections on vibrational frequencies in Gaussian 09
  • P. B. Wilson, I.Greig, P. Weaver, M. Sato, M. Roca, V. Moliner, I. Tunon and I. H. Williams, Abstracts of the 22nd IUPAC International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry, Ottawa, 2014. Solvent effects on isotope effects: computational modelling of methyl transfer in solution and in enzyme
  • P. B. Wilson and I. H. Williams, Abstracts of the 3rd High Performance Computing Symposium, Bath, 2014.Solvent effects on isotope effects: the methyl group as a model system


Current research students

  • Rupika Gulati, 2018 - 2021, project: "Uncovering the Secrets of the Eggshell: Answering the Age-Old Question"
  • Miles Gibson, (with M. Grootveld), 2018 - 2021
  • Yasan Osman, 2018-2021
  • Angela Allen, (with M. Grootveld), 2017 - 2020
  • Anwesha Das, (2018-2021)
  • Thomas Bateman-Price (lead supervisor: Prof Mel Mather, University of Nottingham), 2018-2021)

Externally funded research grants information

  • Cancer Research UK - EPSRC - STFC Early Detection Committee Award: "Quantum Leapers: Optically detected magnetic resonance for the early detection of breast cancer" - £100k
  • ARCHER Instant Access Project: Quantum Chemical Aspects of Reaction Dynamics: 1500 kAu
  • SITA Funded "Multicomponent High-Resolution NMR Evaluations of African Virgin/Extra Virgin Sunflower Oils": with M.Grootveld - £53,100
  • ITC UN "High-Resolution 1H and 13C NMR Investigations of the Molecular Nature and Authenticities of African Virgin Sunflower Oil Products": with M. Grootveld ~ £60,000
  • Obesity Research Center, Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences Grant: with M. Grootveld ~ £6,000 p.a.; rolling
  • EPSRC Tier 2 High Performance Computing Grant (PI): "Computational modelling of novel CYP1B1 inhibitors": 725,760 core hours / ~ £123k

Internally funded research project information

  • 2017 PhD Studentship: Uncovering the Secrets of the Eggshell: Answering the Age-Old Question - £19,000
  • 2017/18 HEIF Grant with M. Grootveld: "Design, Development, and Elucidation of the Mechanisms of Action of Novel Silver(I)-Amine/Diamine Complexes for Dental Caries Treatment: A Silver Lining for Oral Healthcare" - £14,990


Professional esteem indicators

  • Associate Editor, Bioequivalence & Bioavailability
  • ACS Reviewer Lab Certification
  • Co-Editor, BPS 7th Edition
  • Reviewer, ACS, T&F, Oxford

Case studies

FORBES 30 Under 30 Award

30 Under 30 honorees are judged on leadership and disruption; entrepreneurial mind-set and results; and the likelihood of changing their field over the next half-century. To qualify for the list, honorees must have a strong connection to Europe. Their connection to the continent is determined through citizenship, birth or residence.

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