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Overview

My formal academic and research training was  at Paisley College (now UWS), Rowett Research Institute (now part of the University of Aberdeen- College of Life Sciences and Medicine), and the Biophysical Chemistry Dept. of Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute, Manchester. My research training and subsequent work has been in the Physical Organic, and Analytical Chemistry, Photo-Medicinal and Health related Chemistry.

Research Interests:

  • Photosensitised Reactions (Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies) of relevance to Cancer Phototherapy and Lipid Peroxidation.
  • Photochemistry and Photophysics of Dyes, Pigments, Energetic Molecules (explosives) and other Organic Molecules.

 

  • Free radical oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids: anti-oxidant and trans-isomer behaviour.
  • Use of Steady-State and Pulsed Irradiation Techniques and Chromatography in the Study of Photosensitised Reactions and Singlet Molecular Oxygen Interactions of Chemical and Biochemical Relevance.

 

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Photosensitised Reactions (Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies) of relevance to Cancer Phototherapy and Lipid Peroxidation.
  •  Photochemistry and Photophysics of Dyes, Pigments, Energetic Molecules (explosives) and other Organic Molecules.
  •  Free radical oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids: anti-oxidant and trans-isomer behaviour.
  • Use of Steady-State and Pulsed Irradiation Techniques and Chromatography in the Study of Photosensitised Reactions and Singlet Molecular Oxygen Interactions of Chemical and Biochemical Relevance.

 

Current research activities

  • Photosensitised Reactions (Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies) of relevance to Cancer Phototherapy and Lipid Peroxidation.

  • Free radical oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids: anti-oxidant and trans-isomer behaviour.

  • Antibiotic residues in food, Analytical Chemistry comparative study involving different forms of chromatography (HPLC, CG-MS) and the recently developed Randox - Evidence Investigator (biochip analyser for protein and molecular arrays).

  • Characterisation of pre-workout supplements.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Photochemistry and Photophysics of Dyes, Pigments, Energetic Molecules (explosives) and other Organic Molecules.
  • Quantity and type of lipid in the diet is critical for health Saturated/ unsaturated fat ratios (mono and poly), cis/trans ratios, Lipid oxidation 

Keywords

  • QD Chemistry
  • Photochemistry
  • Unsaturated Fatty Acids
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • physical sciences
  • HPLC
  • GC
  • Singlet Molecular Oxygen
  • Dyes-Light stability

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