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Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Microplastic particles Forensic Analysis of Biodiesel

20142020

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Area of academic expertise - outline

Teaching in forensic science and organic chemistry. Research activity focuses on applications  of chemical techniques to forensic and environmental science. Especially infrared spectroscopy and microscopy for the identification of trace evidence and microplastics.  Gas chromatographic techniques for the analysis of biodiesel.

Manage chemistry outreach to schools and wider public through the RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase programme based at UWS

Current research activities

Recovery and spectroscopic identification of microplastic particles

Forensic analysis of Biodiesel with Gas Chromatography

Recovery and identification of trace evidence by infrared micro-spectrophotometry

Desired research direction

Analysis of microplastics in the environment

Forensic analysis of fatty acid methyl esters

 

Target collaborative organisations

Seeking collaborations with forensic science practitioners and environmental scientists

 

Overview

Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

Coordinator for RSC Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme based at UWS

Keywords

  • QD Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Analytical

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Research Output

Microplastic accumulation in deep-sea sediments from the Rockall Trough

Courtene-Jones, W., Quinn, B., Ewins, C., Gary, S. F. & Narayanaswamy, B. E., 26 Mar 2020, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 154, 9 p., 111092.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Consistent microplastic ingestion by deep-sea invertebrates over the last four decades (1976-2015), a study from the North East Atlantic

    Courtene-Jones, W., Quinn, B., Ewins, C., Gary, S. F. & Narayanaswamy, B. E., 31 Jan 2019, In : Environmental Pollution. 244, p. 503-512 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 18 Citations (Scopus)
    78 Downloads (Pure)

    The uptake of macroplastic & microplastic by demersal & pelagic fish in the Northeast Atlantic around Scotland

    Murphy, F., Russell, M., Ewins, C. & Quinn, B., 15 Sep 2017, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 122, p. 353-359 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 50 Citations (Scopus)
    95 Downloads (Pure)
  • The effects of microplastic on freshwater Hydra attenuata morphology & feeding

    Murphy, F., Prades, L., Ewins, C. & Quinn, B., 1 Dec 2016, MICRO 2016: Fate and Impact of Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems: From the Coastline to the Open Sea. Baztan, J., Jorgensen, B., Pahl, S., Thompson, R. & Vanderlinden, J-P. (eds.). Elsevier B.V., p. 78-79

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
    File
  • 68 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Royal Society of Edinburgh, Annual Inspiration Award

    Ewins, Ciaran (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Activities

    • 2 Participation in conference
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Scotland's International Marine Conference 2019

    Ciaran Ewins (Participant)

    20 Feb 201921 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Forensic Science workshop

    Ciaran Ewins (Speaker)

    11 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Bubbles Slime and Dry Ice

    Ciaran Ewins (Speaker)

    7 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference 2017

    Ciaran Ewins (Invited speaker)

    25 Aug 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Inside Out Science @ UWS

    Ciaran Ewins (Invited speaker)

    2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course