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Dr Jason Birkett

Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Faculty of Science

Degrees

1996, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PhD, Analytical Chemistry
1991, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom, BSc (hons) 1st class, Applied and Analytical Chemistry

Academic appointments

Senior lecturer Analytical/Forensic Chemistry, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, 2010 - present

Postgraduate training

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, United Kingdom, Imperial College London, London, 1998 - 2002

Journal article

Wilson M, Birkett JW, Khan I, Abbas I, Tang L, Assi S. 2023. The Detection of Biomarkers and Cocaine in Fingernails Using Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy Spectroscopy, 38 :37-44 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Blakey L, Sharples GP, Chana K, Birkett JW. 2023. Environmental assessment of gunshot residue particles in the public domain of the United Kingdom Journal of Forensic Sciences, 68 :1330-1334 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Wilson M, Assi S, Al-Jumeily D, Birkett JW, Khan I, Abbas I. 2022. Using Handheld Raman Spectroscopy Equipped with Orbital Raster Technology for Field Detection of Cocaine and its Impurities in Fingernails Spectroscopy, 37 :23-28 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Polrot A, Kirby JR, Olorunniji FJ, Birkett JW, Sharples GP. 2022. iChip increases the success of cultivation of TBT-resistant and TBT-degrading bacteria from estuarine sediment World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 38 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Polrot A, Kirby JR, Birkett JW, Sharples GP. 2021. Combining sediment management and bioremediation in muddy ports and harbours: A review Environmental Pollution, 289 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Pollitt J, Christofidis G, Morrissey J, Birkett JW. 2020. Vacuum metal deposition enhancement of friction ridge detail on ballistic materials. Forensic Science International, 316 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Taylor A, Birkett JW. 2020. Pesticides in cannabis: A review of analytical and toxicological considerations Drug Testing and Analysis, 12 :180-190 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Blakey LS, Sharples GP, Chana K, Birkett JW. 2019. Fate and Behavior of Gunshot Residue: Recreational Shooter Vehicle Distribution. Journal of Forensic Sciences, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Goudsmits E, Blakey LS, Chana K, Sharples GP, Birkett JW. 2019. The analysis of organic and inorganic gunshot residue from a single sample Forensic Science International, 299 :168-173 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Christofidis G, Morrissey J, Birkett JW. 2019. A preliminary study on vacuum metal deposition as a standalone method for enhancement of fingermarks on ballistic brass materials Journal of Forensic Sciences, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Davies MJ, Birkett JW, Bolton H, Moore AM. 2019. The influence of cannabis smoke and cannabis vapour on simulated lung surfactant function under physiologically relevant conditions Surface and Interface Analysis, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Christofidis G, Morrissey J, Birkett JW. 2018. Detection of fingermarks - applicability to metallic surfaces: A literature review Journal of Forensic Sciences, 63 :1616-1627 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Blakey LS, Sharples GP, Chana K, Birkett JW. 2018. Fate and Behavior of Gunshot Residue-A Review JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES, 63 :9-19 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Davies MJ, Birkett JW, Court O, Mottram A, Zoroaster F. 2017. The Impact of Cannabis Smoke on the Performance of Pulmonary Surfactant under Physiologically Relevant Conditions Surface and Interface Analysis, 50 :188-197 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Goudsmits E, Sharples GP, Birkett JW. 2017. Organic compositional analysis of propellant powders using monolithic material sorption extraction ( MSSE) - a feasibility study Journal of Forensic Science and Research, 1 :68-76 Publisher Url Public Url

Morrissey J, Larrosa J, Birkett JW. 2017. A preliminary evaluation of the use of gun bluing to enhance friction ridge detail on cartridge casings Journal of Forensic Identification, 67 Public Url

Davies MJ, Birkett JW, Kotwa M, Tomlinson L, Woldtinsae R. 2017. The impact of cigarette/e-cigarette vapour on simulated pulmonary surfactant monolayers under physiologically relevant conditions Surface and Interface Analysis, 49 :654-665 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Goudsmits E, Sharples GP, Birkett JW. 2016. Preliminary classification of characteristic organic gunshot residue compounds. Science and Justice, 56 :421-425 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Goudsmits E, Sharples GP, Birkett JW. 2015. Recent trends in organic gunshot residue analysis – a review. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 74 :46-57 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Mustapha OA, Coffey M, Birkett JW. 2015. Mass balance calculations of illicit drugs in Stoke Bardolph Sewage treatment works, United Kingdom Al-Hikmah Journal of Pure & Applied Sciences, 1 :27-39 Public Url

Brown E, Dixon RA, Birkett JW. 2014. The discolouration of human teeth from archaeological contexts: Elemental analysis of a black tooth from a Roman cranium recovered from the River Witham, Lincoln, UK. Antrocom : Online Journal of Anthropology, 2014 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Birkett JW, Olajide MA, Coffey M. 2014. Fate of drugs and their metabolites in the environment Elixir Applied Chemistry, 69 :22974-22999 Public Url

Olajide MA, Coffey M, Birkett JW. 2014. Degradation of some illicit compounds in sewage sludge batch tests Elixir Applied Chemistry, 68B :22739-22751 Publisher Url Public Url

Elie MP, Baron MG, Birkett JW. 2012. Injection port silylation of γ-hydroxybutyrate and trans-hydroxycrotonic acid: conditions optimisation and characterisation of the di-tert-butyldimethylsilyl derivatives by GC-MS. Analyst, 137 :255-262 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Dalby O, Birkett JW. 2010. The evaluation of solid phase micro-extraction fibre types for the analysis of organic components in unburned propellant powders. J Chromatogr A, 1217 :7183-7188 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Dalby O, Butler D, Birkett JW. 2010. Analysis of gunshot residue and associated materials--a review. J Forensic Sci, 55 :924-943 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Braga MCB, Birkett JW, Shaw G, Lester JN. 2010. Modelling the long-term fate of mercury in a lowland tidal river. II. Calibration and comparison of two models with field data. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol, 58 :383-393 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Braga MCB, Birkett JW, Lester JN, Shaw G. 2010. Modelling the long-term fate of mercury in a lowland tidal river. I. Description of two finite segment models. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol, 58 :373-382 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Elie MP, Baron MG, Birkett JW. 2008. Enhancement of microcrystalline identification of gamma-hydroxybutyrate. J Forensic Sci, 53 :147-150 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Pert AD, Baron MG, Birkett JW. 2006. Review of analytical techniques for arson residues. J Forensic Sci, 51 :1033-1049 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Muchuweti A, Birkett JW, Chinyanga E, Zvauya R, Scrimshaw MD, Lester JN. 2006. Heavy metal content of vegetables irrigated with mixtures of wastewater and sewage sludge in Zimbabwe: Implications for human health AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, 112 :41-48 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Langford KH, Scrimshaw MD, Birkett JW, Lester JN. 2005. The partitioning of alkylphenolic surfactants and polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants in activated sludge batch tests. Chemosphere, 61 :1221-1230 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Birkett JW, Lester JN. 2005. Distribution of mercury and methylmercury in the sediments of a lowland river system PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES, 461 :1335-1355 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Langford KH, Scrimshaw MD, Birkett JW, Lester JN. 2005. Degradation of nonylphenolic surfactants in activated sludge batch tests. Water Res, 39 :870-876 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Gomes RL, Birkett JW, Scrimshaw MD, Lester JN. 2005. Simultaneous determination of natural and synthetic steroid estrogens and their conjugates in aqueous matrices by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 85 :1-14 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Gomes RL, Deacon HE, Lai KM, Birkett JW, Scrimshaw MD, Lester JN. 2004. An assessment of the bioaccumulation of estrone in Daphnia magna. Environ Toxicol Chem, 23 :105-108 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Birkett JW, Noreng JMK, Lester JN. 2002. Spatial distribution of mercury in the sediments and riparian environment of the River Yare, Norfolk, UK. Environ Pollut, 116 :65-74 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Emmerson RHC, Scrimshaw MD, Birkett JW, Lester J. 2001. Solid phase partitioning of metals in Managed Realignment soils: laboratory studies in timed soil sea-water batch mixtures APPLIED GEOCHEMISTRY, 16 :1621-1630 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Bryan ND, Jones MN, Birkett J, Livens FR. 2001. Application of a new method of analysis of ultracentrifugation data to the aggregation of a humic acid by copper(II) ions Anal. Chim. Acta, 437 :281-289

Bryan ND, Jones MN, Birkett J, Livens FR. 2001. Aggregation of humic substances by metal ions measured by ultracentrifugation Anal. Chim. Acta, 437 :291-308

Emmerson RH, Birkett JW, Scrimshaw M, Lester JN. 2000. Solid phase partitioning of metals in managed retreat soils: field changes over the first year of tidal inundation. Sci Total Environ, 254 :75-92 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Downs SG, Macleod CL, Jarvis K, Birkett JW, Lester JN. 1999. Comparison of mercury bioaccumulation in eel (Anguilla anguilla) and roach (Rutilus rutilus) from river systems in East Anglia, UK - I. Concentrations in fish tissue ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY, 20 :1189-1200 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Downs SG, Macleod CL, Jarvis K, Birkett JW, Lester JN. 1999. Comparison of mercury bioaccumulation in eel (Anguilla anguilla) and roach (Rutilus rutilus) from river systems in East Anglia, UK - II. Sources of mercury to fish and the role of atmospheric deposition ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY, 20 :1201-1212 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Birkett JW, Jones MN, Bryan ND, Livens FR. 1998. The effects of solution conditions on partial specific volumes of humic substances ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA, 362 :299-308 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Birkett JW, Jones MN, Bryan ND, Livens FR. 1997. Computer modelling of partial specific volumes of humic substances EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE, 48 :131-137 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

JONES MN, BIRKETT JW, WILKINSON AE, HESKETH N, LIVENS FR, BRYAN ND, LEAD JR, HAMILTONTAYLOR J, TIPPING E. 1995. EXPERIMENTAL-DETERMINATION OF PARTIAL SPECIFIC VOLUMES OF HUMIC SUBSTANCES IN AQUEOUS-SOLUTIONS ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA, 314 :149-159 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Blakey LS, Sharples GP, Chana K, Birkett JW. The fate and behaviour of gunshot residue: recreational shooter distribution Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Birkett J, Polrot A, Kirby J, Sharples G, Olorunniji F. Cultivation and characterisation of TBT-resistant and TBT-degrading bacteria isolated from estuarine sediment using the iChip Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology,

Birkett J, Lee S, Kirby J, Shum P, Sharples G. Microcosm study reveals the microbial and environmental effects on tributyltin degradation in an estuarine sediment Chemosphere,

Conference publication

Wilson M, Al-Jumeily D, Abbas I, Khan I, Birkett JW, Tang L, Assi S. 2023. Palm-sized Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Machine Learning Analytics for the Detection of Endogenous Constituents and Drugs in Human Fingernails 2023 15th International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering (DeSE), DeSE2022 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Watson M, Al-Jumeily OBE D, Birkett J, Khan I, Assi S. Exploring the authentication of COVID-19 vaccines using Surface-enhanced handheld Raman spectroscopy (SERS) equipped with orbital Raster scattering and machine learning 2023 15th International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering (DeSE) - SS9 - Advances in AI and ML for Healthcare and Medicine DOI Publisher Url

Poster

Watson M, Birkett J, Khan I, Al-Jumeily OBE D, Assi S. 2022. Authentication of Covid-19 Vaccines using handheld Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy equipped with Orbital Raster Scattering​ LTG Symposium

Wilson M, Tang L, Abbas I, Birkett JW, Khan I, Al-Jumeily D, Assi SULAF. 2022. Detection of Cocaine and its Impurities in Fingernails Using Palm-sized Near-infrared Spectroscopy and Machine Learning Analytics Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group (JPAG) Awards and Careers Fair Public Url

Wilson M, Abbas I, Tang L, Birkett JW, Khan I, Al-Jumeily D, Assi S. 2022. Field Detection of Cocaine and its Impurities in Human Fingernails Using Portable Attenuated Total-Reflectance Fourier transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Machine Learning Analytics Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group (JPAG) Public Url

Wilson M, Tang L, Abbas I, Birkett JW, Bonser P, Jackson I, Khan I, Al-Jumeily D, Assi S. 2022. Infrared Vs Raman Spectroscopy for the Characterisation of Cocaine and its Impurities in Human Fingernails Current Trends in Seized Drug Analysis Symposium Public Url

Books (edited)

2021. Understanding ballistics a primer for courts Birkett JW, Bradely D, Clews J, Goldstone C, Humphreys C, Mulvhill D, Parker M, Unsworth I. The royal society. London 978-1-78252-485-4 Publisher Url Public Url

Chapters

Polrot A, Kirby JR, Birkett J, Jenkinson I, Sharples G. 2018. Steps towards the sustainable management of sediment in ports and harbours Heidkamp CP, Morrissey J. Towards Coastal Resilience and Sustainability :262-275 Routledge 9780815358633 DOI Publisher Url

Other

Davies MJ, Birkett JW, ren J. 2017. Development of the Lung Biosimulator for Orally Inhaled Product (OIP) Dissolution: MRC Bid: MR/R015619/1 MRC Biomedical Catalyst,

Birkett JW, Sharples GP. Chemical profiling of gunshot residue materials from a single forensic sample: Leverhulme Trust Bid (ORPG-7080) Leverhulme Trust,

Khuniad C, Nahar L, Birkett J, Ritchie K, Sarker S. CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND IN VITRO BIOACTIVITIES OF AMESIODENDRON CHINENSE (MERR.) HU SEED OIL Journal of Natural Products Discovery,

Editorial/letter to the editor

Birkett JW, Banks C. 2013. Showcasing analytical science in the forensic fight against crime Analytical Methods, 5 :5375-5375

Report

Birkett JW, Ham J, Franklin A. 2006. Assessment of Lead at the Nottinghamshire Police Firearms Unit indoor firing range.

Birkett JW, Emmerson RHC, Lester JN. 2000. Pollution of Managed Realignment, Sediment Geochemistry at Orplands and Tollesbury, Essex, UK

Birkett JW, Lester JN. Mercury in the River Yare, Norfolk and its Riparian Environment.

Fredriksen M, Birkett J. Cannabis concentrates: An assessment of production, preparation and purities Cannabis concentrates: An assessment of production, preparation and purities.

Books (authored)

Birkett JW, Lester JN. 2003. Endocrine disrupters in wastewater and sludge treatment processes Birkett JW, Lester JN.

Birkett JW, Lester JN. 2003. Endocrine disrupters in wastewater and sludge treatment processes Birkett JW, Lester JN.

Lester JN, Birkett JW. Microbiology and chemistry for environmental scientists and engineers E and FN SPON

Editorial boards:

Emerging Trends in Drugs, Addictions, and Health – Special Issue on Toxicology of New Psychoactive Substances, Guest Editor. 2023

GSL Journal of Forensic Research, Member of Editorial Board, http://gslpublishers.org/journals/editorial-board.php?title=gsl-journal-of-forensic-research. 2017

Analyst and Analytical Methods - Security and Forensics joint edition, Guest Editor, http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2013/AY/C3AY90068A#!divAbstract. 2012

Environmental Technology, Regional Editor ( UK and Europe). 2005

External PGR examinations performed:

Anglian Ruskin University, PhD, Diclazepam and its Metabolites: A Chemometric Interpretation (Ph.D). 2023

University of Ulster, PhD, Chronic wounds in the community: A smart device approach to detecting the early onset of infection (Ph.D). 2023

Flinders University, PhD, On The Integrated Analysis And Forensic Interpretation Of Gunshot Residues.(Ph.D. 2023

Brunel University, PhD, Extraction and Recovery of Metals from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) using Both Traditional and Designer Solvents. 2021

Brunel University, PhD, Extraction and Recovery of Metals from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) using Both Traditional and Designer Solvents. 2021

University of Kent, PhD, Novel investigations into the formation and micron-scale analysis of firearm discharge residues: Insights from experiments and modelling. 2021

University of Lincoln, PhD, Development of an Electrochemical Sensor based on a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the Detection of Taggant Molecules. 2021

University of Ulster, PhD, Tunable nanomaterials for controlled drug release in smart devices.. 2019

Robert Gordon University, PhD, Sustainable treatment and disposal of oilfield waste (drill mud and cuttings) onshore. 2018

University of Lincoln, PhD, Determination of origin and classification of ANFO explosivres based on their fuel composition. 2018

University of Central Lancashire, MPhil. 2015

Brunel Univeristy, PhD, Bioavailabilty of Organic contaminants in rivers.. 2015

University of Central Lancashire, MPhil. 2014

Manchester Metropolitan University, MPhil. 2012

UCLAN, PhD. 2011

Cranfield Uinversity, PhD. 2011

Research Grants Awarded:

Gibraltar Dept. of Edcation, Development and Assessment of Evidence Screening Strategies to Support the Provision of Forensic Services in Gibraltar, Nick Dawnay (PI), JAson Birkett (Co-I), David Lamont (Co-I), Cynthia Akwei (Co - I)., Grant value (£): £36k., Duration of research project: 3 years. 2023

Merseyside police, Evaluation of methods for determination of kinetic energy in air weapons (working title). Mphil study., Grant value (£): 7,000 over 2 years, Duration of research project: 2 years (part time). 2022

Self funded (Megan Watson), Analysis of counterfeit anti-infectives and vaccines using conventional and enhanced spectroscopic techniques, Iftikhar Khan; Jason Birkett, Grant value (£): £20,000 approx. (standard PhD studentship tuition + bench fees), Duration of research project: 3 years (PhD) + 1 year writeup. 2022

Self funded student - Megan Wilson, Evaluating the Feasibility of Spectroscopic Techniques for the Detection of Drugs of Abuse and Drug Metabolites in Alternative Biological Matrices, Sulaf, Assi ( director of studies) ; Iftikhar, Khan. Jason Birkett, Grant value (£): £20,000 approx. ( standard Ph.D student ship costs ( tuition + bench fee)., Duration of research project: 3years ( PhD) + 1 year writeup. 2022

Sel;f funded ( Megan Watson), Analysis of Counterfeit anti-infectives and vaccines using conventional and enhanced spectroscopic techniques., Sulaf Assi ( director of studies), Iftikhar Khan, Jason Birkett, Grant value (£): £20,000 approx ( standard PhD studentship- tuition +bench fees), Duration of research project: 3 years (PhD) + 1 year writeup.

Other invited event:

External examiner appointment, Robert Gordpn University,, Ext. examiner of UG and PGT forensic science programmes.. 2021

external examiner appointment, Anglian Ruskin University, Ext. examiner of UG and PGT forensic science programmes.. 2021

Analytical Science Network, Royal Society of Chemistry, Knutsford, UK, Invited Speaker : Gunshot residue – the analysis of ‘everything’?. 2018

External examiner appointment, University of Lincoln, Chief External examiner for theErasmus Mundus Masters in Forensic Science (Nov 2012 - present). 2012

External examiner appointment, Sheffield Hallam University, External examiner for the Forensic Science UG and PG programme cluster (Sept 2012 - present). 2012

Internal Ph.D. examiner, Nottingham Trent University, Duncan Sharp – The development of smart-bandage technologies. 2009

External Examiner Appointment, Brunel University, External Examiner at Brunel University for the MSc Programmes in Environmental Management/Sciences ( 4 year term). 2009

External Examiner Appointment, Robert Gordon University, External Examiner at Robert Gordon University for the MSc in Instrumental Analytical Sciences ( 4 year term).. 2008

Internal Ph.D. examiner, Nottingham Trent University, •Lucy Ratcliffe – Proteomic strategies for protein and biomarker identification by matrix- assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. 2006

Membership of professional bodies:

Awarded Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), The Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016

Chartered Chemist and Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (CCHEM MRSC), The Royal Society of Chemistry. 1995

Teaching qualification:

Fellow of the Higher Education Teaching Academy. 2009

Conference organisation:

Forensic Analysis 2004, Member of the Organising Comittee. 2004

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