Rob Clough
Profiles

Rob Clough

Technical Specialist

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

Qualifications

2004-2006, Research Fellow in Chemical Metrology with Dr Hywel Evans. Investigating isotope dilution mass spectrometry for high accuracy speciation studies. University of Plymouth.

2000-2003, PhD in Analytical Chemistry with Drs Hywel Evans and Simon Belt, University of Plymouth.

1997-2000, BSc (hons) 2:1, Environmental Science, University of Plymouth.

Professional membership

Member Royal Society Chemistry

Roles on external bodies

Chair, Western Region Analytical Division, Royal Society of Chemistry
Member Technology Advisory Group Environmental Knowledge transfer Network 
Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. Analytical Methods Committee, Sub-committee on High Accuracy Analysis by Mass Spectrometry. Member 2000-2003.

Referee for various analytical chemistry journals.

Teaching interests

I currently have no teaching role.

Research interests

My main research area is analytical chemistry and combine this with the commercial nature of my role.
My research interests focus on three areas; isotope amount ratio measurements by mass spectrometry; chemical metrology, ensuring that analytical results are valid and fit for purpose, and particulate interactions with metallic, organometallic, organosulphur, organophosphorus and organohalide chemical species in the aquatic environment. recent work has focussed on high accuracy measurements of individual sulphur containing species, with a full combined uncertainty statement, by total elemental, species specific and species unspecific isotope dilution mass spectrometry. This requires the coupling of different separation techniques, such as high performance liquid chromatography, to various mass spectrometric detectors.

Research groups

  • Biogeochemistry Research Centre (BGC)

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Clough R, Harrington CF, Hill SJ, Madrid Y & Tyson JF 2016 'Atomic Spectrometry Update: review of advances in elemental speciation' J. Anal. At. Spectrom. 31, (7) 1330-1373 , DOI PEARL
Clough R, Floor GH, Quétel CR, Milne A, Lohan MC & Worsfold PJ 2016 'Measurement uncertainty associated with shipboard sample collection and filtration for the determination of the concentration of iron in seawater' Anal. Methods 8, (37) 6711-6719 , DOI
Browne MA, Brooks PR, Clough R, Fisher AS, Mayer Pinto M & Crowe TP 2016 'Simulating regimes of chemical disturbance and testing impacts in the ecosystem using a novel programmable dosing system' Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7, (5) 609-618 , DOI PEARL
Harrington CF, Clough R, Hill SJ, Madrid Y & Tyson JF 2015 'Atomic Spectrometry Update: review of advances in elemental speciation' JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY 30, (7) 1427-1468 Author Site , DOI
Floor GH, Clough R, Lohan MC, Ussher SJ, Worsfold PJ & Quetel CR 2015 'Combined uncertainty estimation for the determination of the dissolved iron amount content in seawater using flow injection with chemiluminescence detection' LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY-METHODS 13, (12) 673-686 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Clough R, Harrington CF, Hill SJ, Madrid Y & Tyson JF 2014 'Atomic spectrometry updates. Review of advances in elemental speciation' JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY 29, (7) 1158-1196 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Clough R, Sela H, Milne A, Lohan MC, Tokalioglu S & Worsfold PJ 2014 'Uncertainty contributions to the measurement of dissolved Co, Fe, Pb and V in seawater using flow injection with solid phase preconcentration and detection by collision/reaction cell-quadrupole ICP-MS' Talanta 133, 162-169 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Clough R, Harrington CF, Hill SJ, Madrid Y & Tyson JF 2013 'Atomic spectrometry update. Elemental speciation review' JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY 28, (8) 1153-1195 Author Site , DOI
Tokalioglu S, Clough R, Foulkes M & Worsfold P 2013 'Bioaccessibility of Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Mo, Se and Zn from nutritional supplements by the unified BARGE method' Food Chem 150, 321-327 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Worsfold PJ, Clough R, Lohan MC, Monbet P, Ellis PS, Quétel CR, Floor GH & McKelvie ID 2013 'Flow injection analysis as a tool for enhancing oceanographic nutrient measurements--a review' Anal Chim Acta 803, 15-40 Author Site , DOI
Clough R, Drennan-Harris LR, Harrington CF, Hill SJ & Tyson JF 2012 'Atomic spectrometry update. Elemental speciation' JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY 27, (8) 1185-1224 Author Site , DOI
Scarlett AG, Clough R, West CE, Lewis CA, Booth AM & Rowland SJ 2011 'Alkylnaphthalenes: priority pollutants or minor contributors to the poor health of marine communities?' Environmental Science and Technology 45, (14) 6160-6166 , DOI
Harrington CF, Clough R, Drennan-Harris LR, Hill SJ & Tyson JF 2011 'Atomic spectrometry update. Elemental speciation' JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY 26, (8) 1561-1595 Author Site , DOI
Harrington CF, Clough R, Hansen HR, Hill SJ & Tyson JF 2010 'Atomic spectrometry update. Elemental speciation' JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY 25, (8) 1185-1216 Author Site , DOI
Rider SA, Davies SJ, Jha AN, Clough R & Sweetman JW 2010 'Bioavailability of co-supplemented organic and inorganic zinc and selenium sources in a white fishmeal-based rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) diet' J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl) 94, (1) 99-110 Author Site , DOI
Dissanayake A, Clough R, Spicer JI & Jones MB 2010 'Effects of hypercapnia on acid–base balance and osmo-/iono-regulation in prawns (Decapoda: Palaemonidae)' Aquatic Biology 11, (1) 27-36 , DOI
Harrington CF, Clough R, Hansen HR, Hill SJ, Pergantis SA & Tyson JF 2009 'Atomic Spectrometry Update. Elemental speciation' JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY 24, (8) 999-1025 Author Site , DOI
Marshall WA, Clough R & Gehrels WR 2009 'The isotopic record of atmospheric lead fall-out on an Icelandic salt marsh since AD 50' Sci Total Environ 407, (8) 2734-2748 Author Site , DOI
Clough R, Evans P, Catterick T & Evans EH 2006 'δ 34 S Measurements of Sulfur by Multicollector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry' Analytical Chemistry 78, (17) 6126-6132 , DOI
Clough R, Belt ST, Fairman B, Catterick T & Evans EH 2005 'Uncertainty contributions to single and double isotope dilution mass spectrometry with HPLC-CV-MC-ICP-MS for the determination of methylmercury in fish tissue' Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 20, (10) 1072-1075
Clough R, Belt ST, Evans EH, Fairman B & Catterick T 2003 'Investigation of equilibration and uncertainty contributions for the determination of inorganic mercury and methylmercury by isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry' Analytica Chimica Acta 500, (1-2) 155-170
Clough R, Truscatt J, Belt ST, Evans EH, Fairman B & Catterick T 2003 'Isotope dilution ICP-MS for speciation studies' Applied Spectroscopy Reviews 38, (1) 101-132
Clough R, Belt ST, Evans EH, Sutton P, Fairman B & Catterick T 2003 'Uncertainty contributions to species specific isotope dilution analysis. Part 1. Characterisation and stability of Hg-199 and C-13 isotopically enriched methylmercury by H-1 NMR' Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 18, (9) 1033-1038
Clough R, Belt ST, Evans EH, Fairman B & Catterick T 2003 'Uncertainty contributions to species specific isotope dilution analysis. Part 2. Determination of methylmercury by HPLC coupled with quadrupole and multicollector ICP-MS' Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 18, (9) 1039-1046
Letters
Rowland SJ, Clough R, West CE, Scarlett AG, Jones D & Thompson S 2011 'Synthesis and mass spectrometry of some tri- and tetracyclic naphthenic acids' Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 25, 2573-2578