Our pioneering work

    Mass spectrometry & Instrumentation research has been undertaken at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics since the pioneering work of Professor Harry Leck in the 1960s. The current research focus of the group, led by Simon Maher and Steve Taylor, is based on a holistic systems approach to enable portable solutions whereby samples can be analysed in-situ, in their native environment, with minimal/no sample preparation.

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    • 26 February 2023 - Assoc. Prof. Kanet Wongravee will be kindly hosting Baris Akbali and Cedric Boisdon, members of the group, during their visit to Chulalongkorn University.


    • 16 December 2022 - Congratulations to Robert Bristow on successfully defending his PhD thesis, Early Detection of Geosmin and 2-Methylisoborneol in Drinking Water. Many thanks to the examiners, Dr Rupert Perkins (external) from Cardiff University and Dr. David McIntosh (internal).
    • 10 October 2022 -It was our great pleasure to host Assoc. Prof. Thanit Praneenararat and Assoc. Prof. Kanet Wongravee from Chulalongkorn University. We also offer a very warm welcome to visiting research student Worakan Chukatool.
    • 22 July 2022 - Congratulations to Christof Baumgärtel on successfully defending his PhD thesis, Aspects of Weber Electrodynamics. Many thanks to the examiners, Dr Neal Graneau (external) from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) and Prof. Stephen Taylor (internal).
    • 9 May 2022 - Congratulations to Barry Smith on successfully defending his PhD thesis, Advances in Instrumentation for Ambient Ionisation Mass Spectrometry and Ion Mobility Spectrometry. Many thanks to the examiners, Em. Prof. Gareth A. Brenton (external) and Prof. Xin Tu (internal). 


    • 18 June 2021 - We were honoured to have Professor Badu-Tawiah from Ohio State University deliver a seminar to our group entitled, "Science in Reverse: A Chemical Approach for Underserved Communities".
    • 22 April 2021 - Congratulations to Norfatirah Sarih on successfully defending her PhD thesis! Her external examiners were Prof. Lei Zhu (Florida State University) and Prof Kathryn Fairfull-Smith (Queensland University of Technology).