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, 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.

    Latest news


    • 16 Apr - Group member Yufeng Zhou is presenting some of our latest research to the British Toxicology Society. 
    • 01 Feb - Group members are heading to the BMSS Ambient Ionisation Meeting to present their research.


    • 02 Dec - Group members Adam Haworth-Duff and Cedric Boisdon are heading out to Chulalongkorn University, kindly hosted by Prof. Thanit Praneenararat.
    • 22 Nov - Congrats to Kieran Collings on successfully defending his PhD thesis, Attaching Protein-Adsorbing Silica Particles to the Surface of Cotton Substrates for Bioaerosol Capture including SARS-CoV-2. Many thanks to the examiners, Dr. Svetlana Ryazanskaya from IVCC and Dr. Haifei Zhang from University of Liverpool (Chemistry). 
    • 2 Nov - Congrats to Baris Akbali on successfully defending his PhD thesis, Developing Novel Instrumentation for Chemical Analysis and New Fabrication Techniques for Nanoplasmonic Substrates. Many thanks to the examiners, Prof Ken Williams from Renishaw, Prof Chih-Chia Huang (黃志嘉) from National Cheng Kung University, Prof. Ho-Hsiu Chou  (周 鶴 修) from National Tsing Hua University, and Profs. Joe Spencer and Yaochun Shen from University of Liverpool.
    • 26 Oct - A very warm welcome to PhD student Nontawat Sricharoen who is visiting us from Chulalongkorn University.
    • 24 Oct - Congrats to Yufeng Zhou, Irene Sham and co-authors as their research article (Emergency Diagnosis... Paper Arrow Mass Spectrometry) is featured on the cover of Analyst.
    • 26 Sep - Congrats to Baris Akbali and co-authors as their research article (Focusing Ion Funnel ESD... for SERS) is featured on the cover of Analyst.