Development of New Analytical Techniques for Fingerprinting Organic Compounds in Archaeological, Chemical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences.
This research project aims to develop new methods for mass spectrometric analysis with an emphasis in isotope ratio analysis for organic compounds. This project will be comprised of a series of smaller projects, each developing a new method contributing to the archaeological, chemical, environmental, or forensic sciences. My current projects are to compare bulk and compound specific isotope ratio analysis to discriminate between different cannabis extracts and to develop a new method to determine the sex of a skeleton by isolating and quantifying oestrogen levels in dental enamel. Methods being employed are GC-MS, LC-MS, ICP-MS as well as EA-IRMS and GC-C-IRMS. This project is funded by the EPSRC DTP.
I hold a BSc in Chemistry (First Class Hons) from the University of Reading. My BSc dissertation researched the extraction and identification of a class of compounds known as N-alkylamides found in a range of different plant species. This project focussed on N-alkylamides found in Echinacea purpurea and Sichuan pepper and utilised TLC, NMR, HPLC and LC-MS to isolate these compounds from the crude extract and identify their structures.
- Analytical chemistry.
- Method development.
- Mass spectrometry.