Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis

Research that influences policy and provides real world solutions

Our research takes a multidisciplinary approach to chemical, pharmaceutical and forensic analysis.

Members of the group have been active in the area of trace metal analysis in drugs and advise the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) on the new Q3D regulations, which provide a global policy for limiting metal impurities in drug products. The area of psycho and bioactive substances is also well represented in the group with work influencing government policy. Current group members are actively working with police forces and forensic practitioners on research projects, providing real forensic solutions.

Researchers within this group are active in several areas of analysis, working with the pharmaceutical industry, law enforcement agencies, forensic practitioners and environmental partners to develop new analytical methods and techniques as well as consideration of the fundamental and theoretical aspects of the research.

Our expertise

  • Application of trace metal analysis to pharmaceutical, forensic and environmental samples
  • Properties of psycho and bioactive substances
  • Analysis of ballistic and drug materials
  • Chemical development of fingerprints
  • Decomposition process in different environments
  • Gene expression studies
  • Forensic microscopy


We have extensive analytical facilities within the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. These include:

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Gas Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
  • X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • X-Ray Powder Diffraction
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy

Additionally we have a wide range of Infrared Spectroscopy and Ultraviolet/Visible Spectroscopy, microwave analytical sample preparation and synthesis equipment.


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We offer a full range of research and consultancy services. We currently have post-doctoral and PhD researchers sponsored by local industry, international governments, and the University.

If you would like further information please contact:

Dr. Phil Riby