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Richard Frazier

Richard Frazier Staff Profile
  • Head of School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy
  • Member of University Senate
  • Senate Member of University Board for Research and Innovation
  • Senate Member of University Personal Titles Committee
  • Member of Steering Group for Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health.



Building location

Harry Nusten

Areas of interest

Richard's research applies advanced biophysical chemistry techniques, including neutron reflectometry, to study the functional role of plant proteins in food and biological systems within the context of biological activity and ingredient functionality. His work has explored the impact of single residues substitutions in wheat puroindolines on their interactions with lipid membranes that are the basis for their role in wheat endosperm texture (important for milling quality) and defence of the wheat seed against fungal and microbial pathogens. His research has also explored the role of protein-polyphenol interactions in the bioactivity of plant polyphenols.


Richard's teaching focuses on food protein, lipid and colloid chemistry, cereal chemistry, chemical and instrumental analysis of foods, and developing innovative and challenge-seeking graduates. He has interests in the development of blended learning approaches and distance learning via on-line courses such as MOOCs and SPOCs.

Academic qualifications

  • CChem (Chartered Chemist), Royal Society of Chemistry, 1999
  • PhD, Biomaterial Surface Chemistry, University of Nottingham, 1996
  • BSc (Hons), Chemistry, University of Bristol, 1993.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (FIFST).

External responsibilities

  • Member of the Steering Board for EIT Food Masters of Food Systems Programme
  • External Examiner for Food Science, University of Nottingham
  • External Examiner for MSc Advanced Food Safety and MSc Global Food Security, Queen's University Belfast
  • Board Trustee and Chair of Education and Careers, Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)
  • Member of the Career Development and Education Standing Committee, European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST)
  • Member of the Scientific Programme Committee, IUFoST 2020 – 20th World Congress of Food Science and Technology, International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST).