Yaroslav Khimyak


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Application of NMR and molecular level tools for understanding structure and properties of pharmaceutical materials; solid forms, co-crystals, gels and soft matter

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Yaroslav Khimyak has moved to a Chair in solid-state NMR spectroscopy in the School of Pharmacy in UEA in September 2011. Until then he was a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry in the University of Liverpool where he was appointed as a Lecturer in 2002. Yaroslav graduated from Ivan Franko Lviv State University in the Ukraine with an M.Sc. in Chemistry (1994), obtained an M. Phil. (1997) and a Ph. D. (2000) from the University of Cambridge and held a position of Oppenheimer Research Fellow at the Department of Chemistry in the University of Cambridge (1999 – 2002).

Research in YK’s group focuses on the understanding of structure and dynamics of materials with limited long range ordering using advanced NMR. The materials of interest include pharmaceutical solids (Mol. Pharm, 2016, 1012; 2015, 2981), polymers Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 1072; 2007, 8574) and porous materials (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 8904; Science, 2010, 1053; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 20466; Nature Mater., 2014, 343; EP/J008834/1, EP/F057865/1). We have developed an NMR based methods for soft matter and heterogeneous materials where the understanding of intermolecular interactions is a considerable challenge and a complex approach based on the application of different methodologies is required (Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 8014; Soft Matter, 2016, 4034). 

Yaroslav Khimyak is the Chair of the Commission on NMR Crystallography and Related Methods of the International Union of Crystallography  (since August 2023, member since August 2020), Member of the Steering Advisory Scientific Board of UKRI funded National CCP-NC project (NMR Crystallography, Since November 2019), Member of the Facility Executive of EPSRC/BBSRC funded National High-Field NMR facility (University of Warwick, since November 2023).

Yaroslav Khimyak is the Head of the NMR platform of the Faculty of Science and in NRP and a member of Materials Focus group in the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Yaroslav Khimyak was Unit of Assessment 3 (Allied Health Profession, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) coordinator for REF 2021 return from UEA and was a Director of Reseach in PHA until 2022. He is currently a Deputy Head of School of Pharmacy. 

Areas of Expertise

Nuclear magnetic resonance and related methods for characterisation of advanced materials including pharmaceuticals; materials for drug delivery - design and advanced characterisation; soft solids and porous materials - molecular level structure and dynamics.

Administrative Posts

Deputy Head of School of Pharmacy

Head of Pharmaceutical Materials and Drug Delivery Section

Head of NMR Platform of the Faculty of Science at UEA

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