Dr Josua Lehr

School of Science, Engineering & Environment

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Current positions



After completing my undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) I undertook a PhD at the same at the same institution investigating the formation of thin organic films at electrodes via radical grafting processes. I subsequently carried out considerable postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) focused on supramolecular systems for molecular recognition and the development of (bio-)sensors. Thereafter I took up a lecturing position at Nottingham Trent University before moving to the University of Salford in 2018 to take up the position of Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry.

Areas of Research

My research is interdisciplinary and at the intersection of chemistry, nanotechnology, biology, and engineering. Broadly speaking it is focused on construction and study of functional molecular architectures at interfaces. This leads to the development of switchable surfaces, sensors, supramolecular interfaces, and bioelectronic interfaces for medical diagnostics. Complimentary to this work, I have an interest in the fundamental study of the formation, characteristics, and electrochemical behaviour, of thin organic films at electrodes. Additionally, I also have an interest in the development and characterisation of energy materials for batteries and capacitors.


I have experience teaching chemistry at all levels. Currently I teach on a number of undergraduate chemistry modules and I am module leader for Bioinorganic Chemistry (2nd year) and Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry (3rd year). I also teach on other programmes within the school - such as biomedical science, pharmaceutical science, and biochemistry .

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice

    2019 - 2020
  • PhD in Chemistry

    2006 - 2010
  • BSc Hons Chemistry 1st Class

    2005 - 2006
  • BSc in Chemistry and Philosophy

    2002 - 2005