Dr Rob Clough
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
I manage the Analytical Research Facility and also the SoGEES ISO 9001 quality management system.
I train users in advanced analytical instrumentation, such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry and associated sample preparation techniques.
2000-2003, PhD in Analytical Chemistry with Drs Hywel Evans and Simon Belt, University of Plymouth.
1997-2000, BSc (hons) Environmental Science, University of Plymouth.
Member Royal Society Chemistry
Roles on external bodies
Chair, Atomic Spectrometry Updates Editorial Board
Chair, Western Region Analytical Division, Royal Society of Chemistry
My teaching is mainly practical based and covers several areas including analytical chemistry, environmental analytical chemistry, high accuracy analysis, advanced analytical instrumentation, data quality, chemical metrology and quality management systems at the undergraduate and postgraduate level for B.Sc. Chemistry, MChem,B.Sc.Environmental Science and MSc Environmental Geochemistry.
My main research area is analytical chemistry with a particular focus on three areas:
Chemical metrology, ensuring that analytical results are valid and fit for purpose with a current focus on micronutrients, such as Fe, in the open ocean.
Nanoparticle extraction from various matrices and measurements using single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.
Elemental Speciation, the coupling of high performance liquid chromatography to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry with a focus on arsenic bioaccessibility.
Creative practice & artistic projects
Was once a backing drinker.
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