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School Position: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Peter Belton graduated in chemistry from Chelsea College London, where he also obtained his PhD in 1972 for work on transport properties in liquids. His post-doctoral research was on NMR and was carried out at UEA with Prof. KJ Packer FRS. He joined Unilever research at the Port Sunlight Laboratories in 1974 and, following a brief spell as a visiting professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, moved to the Institute of Food research to set up a spectroscopy laboratory. During his stay at the Institute he was variously Head of Department, Head of Norwich Laboratory and more lately was head of the Food Materials Division. He joined UEA in February 2001 to take up a joint IFR / UEA Chair in Biomaterials Science.  He is also Senior Visiting Fellow at The Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan.

He is a past President of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and a co- founder of the international conference series ”Applications of Magnetic Resonance in Food Science”.

Main research interests are in the application of spectroscopy to the understanding of the structure function relationships in biopolymer assemblies and carbohydrates and for analysis of complex systems. Principal techniques are solid state NMR, NMR relaxometry, infrared spectroscopy and dielectrics. There is a long standing interest in the structure and dynamics of wheat proteins and other plant storage proteins. Current research activities are to understand the nature of the interactions and stability in pharmaceutical formulations. Other areas include the interaction of biopolymers and water and the use of photothermal methods for analysis. Interest in cereals has extended to the African cereal sorghum; research at the moment is concerned with making biodegradable plastics and other products for pharmaceutical applications from sorghum and other proteins and enhancing the nutritional value of sorghum.

Selected Publications 

X. Dai, J.G. Moffat, A.G. Mayes, M. Reading, D.Q.M. Craig, P.S. Belton and D.B. Grandy
Compositional Analysis of Metal Chelating Materials Using Near-Field Photothermal Fourier Transform Infrared Microspectroscopy
Anal. Chem. 2010, 82, 91
DOI: 10.1021/ac800906t

A Krushelnitsky, T Zinkevich, N Mukhametshina, N Tarasova, Y Gogolev, O Gnezdilov, V Fedotov, P Belton and D Reichert
13C and 15N NMR Study of the Hydration Response of T4 Lysozyme and ?B-Crystallin Internal Dynamics
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2009, 113, 10022
DOI: 10.1021/jp900337x

T Gillgren, SA Barker, PS Belton, DMR Georget and M Stading
Plasticization of Zein – A Thermomechanical, FTIR and Dielectric Study
Biomacromolecules 2009, 10, 1135
DOI: 10.1021/bm801374q

D Reichert, M Kovermann, N Hunter, D Hughes, O Pascui and PS Belton
Slow Dynamics in Glassy ?-Methyl Rhamnopyranoside Studied by 1D NMR exchange experiments
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2008, 10, 542
DOI: 10.1039/B711113D

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