School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Hanno Kossen

Lecturer in Chemistry



Since I joined Newcastle University in 2016, I teach on the undergraduate Chemistry and postgraduate Drug Chemistry courses. My teaching activities in Chemistry within the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences focus on teaching General, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry. Next to lectures and tutorials, I organise and demonstrate on laboratory courses. I am interested in novel teaching and learning methods and the development of current courses in order to improve the student experience at university.

After having finished my MSci at UCL, working on projects with Prof J. Anderson and Dr J. Baker, I moved to Edinburgh University, where I completed my PhD in Organic Catalysis under the supervision of Dr U. Schneider. My research included work on C(0) compounds, as well as sodium amide catalysis. Further research interests are FLP and transition metal-catalysed reactions. The Principal’s Career Development Scholarship in Teaching allowed me to take over responsibilities as a Tutor, Senior Demonstrator and the coordination of lab classes during my time in Edinburgh. This is where I developed a strong interest and enthusiasm in teaching chemistry at university. I also spent six months at Evonik Industries (Hanau, Germany) working in an industrial research lab and pilot plant.


  • Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Alumnus of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)




Stage 1
  • CHY1010: Chemical Skills and Professionalism (Lectures and Workshops)
  • CHY1310: Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry (Module Leader, Lectures and Tutorials)
  • CHY1510: Chemical Laboratory Skills 1 (Lab Organiser: General Chemistry)
Stage 2
  • CHY2001: Group Assignment in Chemistry (Group Tutor)
  • CHY2101: Organic Chemistry (Tutorials)
  • CHY2401: Structural Chemistry (Lectures, Lab Organiser)
Stage 3
  • CHY3011: Research Literature Project (Project Supervisor)
  • CHY3108: Advanced Organic Chemistry (Workshops)


MSc: Chemistry / Drug Chemistry
  • CHY8812: Research Skills and Development (Lectures, Lab Organiser)
  • CHY8833: Structural and Analytical Chemistry (Lectures, Lab Organiser)
  • NES8002: Research Dissertation Project (Chemistry Laboratory Project Support)