Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)


1984-1987 BSc. Combined Honours Chemistry with Biology.

CNAA degree. First Class June 1987.

Undergraduate project title: Glutathione Peroxidase levels in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

1987-1991 PhD entitled "Reactive gases in Electrothermal Atomisation Atomic Absorption Spectrometry" August 1991.

Collaborating body: Philips Scientific. Cambridge.

2006 Qualified as an auditor / lead auditor for ISO 9001 accreditation

Professional membership


Roles on external bodies

Member of ASU, 1993 – present

Executive member of the ASU Board 2002 - 2012

Royal Society of Chemistry, Analytical Division, Atomic Spectroscopy Group, Committee member 2001 –  2003.

Secretary of the Atomic Spectroscopy Group, RSC 2003 – present.

Referee for many International journals

Teaching interests

The analytical techniques of atomic spectrometry (FAAS, ETAAS, ICP-OES and ICP-MS) are taught on a regular basis to the undergraduate project students and to masters students as well as during practical classes. Similarly, chromatography coupled with atomic spectrometric detection and the theory behind speciation analysis is also taught.

Research interests

Analytical chemistry, especially advanced instrumental techniques such as atomic spectroscopy (FAAS, ETAAS, ICP-AES, ICP-MS, AFS and the coupling of hydride generation to these techniques). In addition, speciation analysis involving the coupling of chromatography (HPLC and GC) to the atomic spectrometric detectors, is also a research interest.

Sample types are typically environmental or biological.