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Harriet Pearce

I am in the second year of my PhD in the interdisciplinary Molecular Analytical Science CDT at the University of Warwick. My background is in Mathematics.

After completing my undergraduate degree, I gained qualified teacher status and taught Mathematics in a secondary school in Coventry for two years before joining the MAS CDT.

PhD Project

The title of my PhD project is Quantitative Visualisation of Dissolution and Crystallisation: Size, Mass Transport, Kinetic and Surface Effects in Particulate Ensembles, supervised by Prof. Pat Unwin in the Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group at Warwick and Dr John Hone at Syngenta. The project is also in collaboration with AstraZeneca and Pfizer.


Tracking the Dissolution of Calcite Single Crystals in Acid Waters: A Simple Method for Measuring Fast Surface Kinetics. M. Adobes-Vidal, H. Pearce and P.R. Unwin, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2017), 19, 17827-17833, DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02252B.

Single-crystal X-ray diffraction and NMR crystallography of a 1:1 cocrystal of di­thia­non and pyrimethanil. A.-C. Pöppler, E. K. Corlett, H. Pearce, M. P. Seymour, M. Reid, M. G. Montgomery and S. P. Brown, Acta Cryst. (2017), C73, 149-156,

Academic Qualifications

BSc Mathematics - Upper Second Class Honours (University of Warwick, 2008 - 2011)

PGCE Secondary Mathematics - QTS (University of Warwick, 2011 - 2012)

MSc Molecular Analytical Science - Distinction (University of Warwick, 2014 - 2015)

Conferences Attended

British Association for Crystal Growth 2016 and Crystal Growth of Organic Materials 12, 26th June - 1st July 2016, University of Leeds - poster presentation at the main conference and an oral presentation at the PhD student event.

Bright Spark Symposium (run by the Analytical Science Network) 12th September 2016, University of Warwick - poster presentation.

4th RSC Analytical Biosciences Early Career Researcher Meeting, 15th - 16th March 2017, University of Warwick - poster presentation.

AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Development PhD Event, 21st - 22nd March 2017, Astra Zeneca Macclesfield - poster presentation.

British Association for Crystal Growth 2017, 27th - 30th June 2017, University of Manchester - oral presentation.

Syngenta PhD Seminar, 11th July 2017, Syngenta Jealott's Hill - oral presentation.

MSc Mini Projects

My first mini project (experimental) supervisors were Prof. Pat Unwin in the Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group at Warwick and Dr John Hone at Syngenta. The focus of the project was investigating the dissolution of calcite microcrystals using a multimicroscopy approach, combining optical microscopy and scanning ion conductance microscopy. Please see here for the publication.

My second mini project (theoretical) was supervised by Prof. Steven Brown in the Solid State NMR Group at Warwick and Dr Matthew Reid at Syngenta. The title of the project was - Application of Solid-State Characterisation Approaches to Fungicides. I compared density functional theory calculations of NMR chemical shifts with experimental chemical shifts to confirm the structure of a cocrystal of two common fungicides. Please see here for the publication.

Other Information

I am a member of the British Association for Crystal Growth.

I was the Chair of the Chemistry Postgraduate Student Staff Liason Committee (SSLC) and the Secretary of the MAS/MOAC SSLC for the academic year 2015/2016. I was also the MAS MSc SSLC representative for the 2014/2015 academic year.


I play canoe polo as a member of the university club and I enjoy climbing.

Warwick Ladies Canoe Polo Team 2017

Contact Details:

Harriet Pearce


Senate House

University of Warwick