John Derek Woollins FRSC, FRSE is a chemist who is Vice Principal (Research) at the University of St Andrews. Woollins' reagent is named after him.
He was educated at Clee Grammar School for Boys and the University of East Anglia (BSc, 1976; PhD, 1979) and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 1994 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 2002. He was previously a Lecturer at Imperial College London and Professor Loughborough University prior to joining the University of St Andrews.
He has written several books on chemistry, the most popular of which is Inorganic Experiments, first published in 1994 and which has four editions to date. Woollins has over 500 papers published.
Early in his career, Woollins worked with Barnett Rosenberg on Cisplatin, an early chemotherapy drug. He came up with a procedure to verify the concentration of transplatin, a harmful isomer, was less than 1ppm.