The Analytical Science Community strategy is defined by three key aims:
- To promote good practice and awareness of analytical chemistry nationally and Internationally
- To promote skills and education in analytical chemistry
- To support continued professional development at all career stages
Meet the members of the Council who are responsible for ensuring that the Community fulfils its purpose.
Dr Diane Turner MSc FRSC
Diane Turner is the founder and director of Anthias Consulting Ltd. which offers consultancy and RSC approved training for CPD in analytical science techniques.
A University of Warwick graduate, Diane started her career as an Analytical Chemist at an environmental laboratory and then at Jealott’s Hill research centre, later gaining significant experience as an Applications Chemist, including setting up and developing an applications laboratory & demonstration facility for a GC instrument distributor. Diane's area of research through her PhD studies at The Open University was disease diagnosis.
Diane has developed methods for, given support and high quality training for companies in most industries around the world for the past 20 years; presented and given short courses at global conferences, meetings and webinars; is an author on scientific papers, white papers, chromatography articles and a degree module and has co-authored a book with the RSC as a practical reference to Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, for analysts at all experience levels.
Diane is a trustee of the Recycling Organisation for Research Opportunities (RORO) and is regularly involved in outreach with her local schools in chemistry and space sciences.
Dr Zoë Ayres
Zoë has had a varied background in analytical science from studying forensics, collaborating with a large pharmaceutical company, and doing a PhD in diamond-based sensor technologies. Zoë transitioned from her postdoctoral academic position to industry in 2018.
She has spent the last four years working in the water industry and represents UK interests in environmental monitoring through her British Standards Institute work.
Zoë studied Forensic Science (BSc) at Nottingham Trent University before moving on to complete an MSc in Analytical Science at the University of Warwick. She completed her PhD in the development of novel diamond-based electrochemical sensors for analytical applications in 2017, going on to complete a 12-month Research Fellow position at the University of Warwick, funded by the prestigious Royal Society Innovation Award.
In addition to her role as Honorary Secretary, Zoë is also the Editor of Analytical Matters (the quarterly member newsletter of the Analytical Division) and has previously been the chair of the Analytical Science Network (early career) and was the publicity officer for both the Analytical Methods Committee and the Community for Analytical Measurement Science for several years.
Zoë is also passionate about the communication of analytical science, having hosted the Schools’ Analyst Competition at the University of Warwick, having written several science communication articles for magazines and currently being on the #RSCPoster Twitter competition Scientific Committee. She is also passionate about improving Diversity and Inclusion in the chemical sciences, working on a range of initiatives to improve representation.
Dr Ian Ball
Ian has worked for Johnson Matthey for 21 years. He started in the European Technology Centre working within the research and development laboratories, supporting their next generation catalytic convertors for cars and heavy duty vehicles.
In 2009 he transferred to the Clitheroe site, which manufactures catalysts for the oil and gas industries, such as methanol, ammonia and hydrogen. His first role was as Analytical Services Manager, being responsible for the site’s laboratories and the analytical chemists. In 2014, he took the role of Product Technical Manager and is responsible for the steam reforming and gas to liquid products; and a small team of plant chemists.
Ian currently provides technical support to our methanol and water gas shift catalysts. He is the principal chemist on a major plant asset replacement project. He lead projects on chemical safety, statistical process control, manufacturing core development training, and quality management systems.
He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He gained an Honours Degree in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Catalysis from the University of Nottingham.
Outside of work he enjoys snowboarding in the European mountains, cycling in the Forest of Bowland, playing badminton in the local leagues, and playing squash with friends. When travelling he enjoys cityscape photography. At home he enjoys learning to cook new recipes, listening to comedy and educational Podcasts, and watching films and crime dramas.
Dr Jonathan Jones
Jonathan studied Analytical Science in University of Wales Swansea from 1997-2000 and stayed on to research LC/MS applications under Prof Dai Games from 2000 until 2004, later joining Waters and gaining significant experience in customer support, product management and marketing.
Since 2019 Jonathan works at Genedata, a leading provider of MS software solutions to the biopharmaceutical industry.
Jonathan has been a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry for over 20 years, achieving Charted Chemist status in 2011 and shortly thereafter Chartered Scientist. Jonathan holds an honorary Associate Professor position with Swansea University’s Medical School, and in 2018 became an elected member to the British Mass Spectrometry Society, becoming its Publicity Officer in 2020. Jonathan’s life motto is “Science is my rock n’ roll’!”.
Dr Vicky Hilborne
Vicky Hilborne is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Chemistry at University College London and has considerable experience of teaching in higher education. Her particular interest is in developing skills of research and data evaluation valued by employers.
Vicky is a graduate of Environmental Chemistry from Edinburgh University. In 2012, she gained her PhD in measurement and predictive modelling of contaminant dispersion in indoor air and in 2014, a PGCHE at London South Bank University (LSBU).
During her time at LSBU she developed portable detectors of airborne pollutants and drug contaminants in drinks. Her research activities ranged from detection and dispersion modelling of drug contamination in surface waters to hazardous gas emissions in nuclear fuel reprocessing. She gained a Pexa award for her paper on the dispersion of hydrocarbon vapours in ventilated air.
Vicky has contributed book chapters in ‘Drug Use and Misuse’ and ‘Environmental Forensics’ published by the RSC. She is a fellow of the HEA and member of the London Toxicology Group. Prior to LSBU, Vicky worked as a Food Health and Safety Scientist for Camden BRI (formerly Brewing Research International), Procter and Gamble, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (NERC) and Valentine Paints.
Dr Melanie Bailey
Melanie Bailey is Chief Analyst for the Surrey Ion Beam Centre, which is the UK’s national facility for Ion Beam Applications and services £50M EPSRC grants.
She holds a prestigious 5-year EPSRC Fellowship (£1.2M), which investigates multimodal elemental and molecular imaging using ion beams, and sponsors her research group. She is also co-investigator of an EU grant (RADIATE) which links ion beam facilities across Europe and provides transnational access for users of ion beam analysis.
Melanie has worked closely with the Home Office Centre for Applied Science, Israel Police and the Netherlands Forensic Institute to develop protocols for secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis of fingerprints. She has also worked as an Expert Consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency to set up a co-ordinated research progress and has worked with a number of police departments on forensic casework.
She enjoys public engagement and her work on method development for drug testing using fingerprints has been reported in over 500 media outlets worldwide – including Sky News, BBC, CNBC.
Professor Karen Faulds
Karen Faulds is a Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and an expert in the development of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and Raman techniques for novel analytical detection strategies and in particular multiplexed bioanalytical applications.
She has published over 140 peer reviewed publications and has filed 5 patents. She has been awarded over £20M in funding as principal and co-investigator from EPSRC, BBSRC, charities, industry and governmental bodies.
Her Groups research has been recognised through multiple awards including the Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year Award (2009), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Joseph Black Award (2013), Craver Award (2016) and Charles Mann Award (2019).
Karen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2012), the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (2017) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2018). She has been named as one of the Top 50 Women in Analytical Science (2016), Top 10 Spectroscopist (2017) and Top 100 Influential Analytical Scientists (2019) by The Analytical Scientist. She serves on the editorial board for Analyst and RSC Advances and is the current Chair of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG).
Dr Leon Barron
Dr. Leon Barron is a senior lecturer in forensic science at King’s College London. He received both a BSc in Analytical Science (2001) and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry (2005) from Dublin City University, Ireland.
Since 2009, he has led the Environmental & Forensic Chemistry group at King’s College London. His research focuses on the development of new, defensible strategies, technologies and methodologies to assist in the early discovery, effects and response to pollution, new/emerging contaminants, security threats, and wildlife crime.
His expertise lies in analytical chemistry, particularly in separation science, mass spectrometry, and machine learning for applications in environmental, forensic and biological systems analysis, and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles to date.
He sits on the editorial board of Science & Justice, Journal of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and from 2011-2014 was its Editor in Chief. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He also sits on the committees of the RSC Separation Science Group and the London Biological Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group.
Dr Ruchi Gupta
Ruchi Gupta is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. She has an interest in organic electronics and optical components.
Her group is developing label-free optical sensors for the detection of chemical and biological analytes. Ruchi’s expertise lies in hydrogels, optical sensing, electrokinetic methods for sample processing, nano-/micro-fabrication, (droplet) microfluidics, bioassays and instrumentation. The group has been/is funded by grants from RSC, EPSRC and industry.
Dr Gupta is a member of the permanent steering committee of Europtrode, which is a major international conference in the field of optical biosensors, and an Associate Editor of RSC Advances.
She completed her undergraduate and master's degrees at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and McMaster University, Canada respectively. She obtained a PhD from University of Manchester where she stayed as a postdoctoral research fellow and then a RAEng Enterprise Fellow. She was a Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry in University of Hull from 2014 to 2016.
Professor Bhavik A Patel FRSC
Professor Bhavik A Patel is a Professor of Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry at the University of Brighton. His expertise is focused on the development of novel electrochemical sensing devices for monitoring signalling molecules in biological systems and the creation of novel educational approaches for the delivery of analytical chemistry.
He has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and filed two patents. He has been awarded funding as Principal and Co-Investigator from the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and charities. The research conducted by his team has led to recognition through being awarded the GlaxoSmithKline Emerging Scientist Award in 2013 and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Science Award in 2015 and various university awards for teaching excellence.
Professor Bhavik is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Academy of Education. He has a strong advocate of equality and diversity, playing a key role in helping his university secure a bronze award for the Race Equality Charter in 2019.
He has given presentations, developed resources, and participated in panels to highlight challenges associated with race equality in analytical chemistry. He is a STEM ambassador and runs RSC outreach activities as well as established a Saturday Chemistry Club focusing on real-life applications of analytical chemistry, where attendees get hands-on experience on analytical instrumentation.
Dr Emily Kempa
Dr. Emily Kempa is currently an Analytical Scientist at AstraZeneca
She received both a MChem in Chemistry with Industrial experience (2016) and a PhD in Chemistry (2021) from The University of Manchester. Emily is also the current secretary of the Analytical Science Network (ASN) and the Analytical Science Community's early career representative.
Dr Phil Dunn is a Senior Researcher at the National Measurement Laboratory hosted at LGC.
Following a degree and a PhD in Chemistry both from the University of Bristol; Phil Dunn joined LGC in autumn 2010 as a researcher in isotope ratio mass spectrometry. His research interests include good practice, traceability and uncertainty within isotope ratio measurements.
He participates in a number of international committees and working groups including the Isotope Ratio Working Group of the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance: Metrology in Chemistry and Biology for the International Committee for Weights and Measures, IUPAC’s Commission on Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights (CIAAW), the steering group of the Forensic Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (FIRMS) Network and several standardisation committees within BSI and CEN.
Within the Analytical Community Council he has recently taken over from Zoë Ayres as the Editor of Analytical Matters (the quarterly member newsletter of the Analytical Division).
Dr Derek Stevenson
Professor Anthony Gachanja
Professor Anthony Gachanja is an Analytical Scientist with experience spanning about three decades. Among the many hats he wears, including as a Lecturer, and Researcher and his works with Government bodies in formulating laws on matters of environment among other consultancies.
Professor Gachanja obtained a degree in Chemistry (Bachelor of Science) from the University of Nairobi in 1982, Masters in Analytical Science and PhD in Chemistry from University of Hull in 1983 and 1991. He then proceeded for a 3-year postdoctoral research at the University of Plymouth. He is currently a Professor in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya.
Upon his return to Africa in the nineties, he engaged in efforts to enhance analysis skills in chemistry, starting with development of Curricula in Analytical Chemistry at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology which has been replicated in other universities within the region. He has actively engaged government bodies and private sector (industry) offering Analytical and Instrumental skills.
He is involved in environmental research, in particular in use of separation techniques and mass spectrometry for analysis of environmental matrices.
He is passionate about the development of Analytical skills in Africa with a strong belief that chemical analytical skills are key and vital for both the developed and developing economies.
The Analytical Science Community has its origins in the Society for Analytical Chemistry, the name adopted in 1954 for the body that began its existence in 1874 as the Society of Public Analysts.
When the Society for Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Society amalgamated in 1972, the Society for Analytical Chemistry became the Analytical Division of the new Chemical Society, which went on to become the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1980 when it was granted a new Royal Charter.
A detailed account of the Division’s history can be found in: J.D.R. Thomas, A History of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, 1999.
In 2022 the Analytical Division transitioned to the Analytical Science Community to better reflect its purpose. The Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer roles are no longer included in the Analytical Science Community Council composition.
Analytical Science Community Past Honorary Officers
Past Presidents of the Analytical Science Community
Past Honorary Secretaries of the Analytical Science Community
Past Honorary Treasurers of the Analytical Science Community
The Analytical Methods Committee (AMC) is the Committee of the Analytical Science Community that handles matters of technical importance to the Analytical Science Community.
Made up of expert Sub-Committees and designated representatives, the broad aim of the AMC is to participate in national and international efforts to establish a comprehensive framework for appropriate quality in chemical measurement and to keep the analytical science community informed of developments.
The AMC acts as an advisory body for the development, revision, and promulgation of validated, standardised and official methods of analysis. We work alongside numerous accreditation services and governing bodies, such as DEFRA, the FSA, and UKAS, to ensure best analytical practice.
Visit the AMC Webpages to find out more about their activities.
AMC Technical Briefs
To keep the analytical science community informed of developments, the AMC publish regular Technical Briefs (TBs) in the RSC Journal Analytical Methods. The Technical Briefs can also be used towards CPD certification.
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