School of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
Lab on a chip

The Analytical Sciences research grouping includes analytical chemists, physical chemists, organic chemists as well as biologists, all with the aim of exploiting the advantages that come with chemical process technology.

Areas of research

Flow synthesis

Flow chemistry, which broadly encompasses micro reactor and continuous flow methodology, represents an emerging technique that enables those working in research and development to rapidly perform and screen reactions, leading to the identification of optimum reaction conditions that are suitable for use at a production level.

In addition, compared to using conventional reaction methodology, the inherent safety associated with the use of small reactor volumes allows users to employ reaction conditions previously thought to be too hazardous for use within a production environment; such as extreme reaction conditions or the use/generation of ‘hazardous’ compounds.


Since the early 1990s the University of Hull has been a world leader in establishing the fundamental underlying science that makes micro-fluidic lab-on-a-chip devices attractive technology.

Our work has lead to significant developments in the fields of chemistry and biology and in the past few years the group has focused more on system and process integration, manufacturability, diagnostics and exploiting the biomimetic aspects of micro fluidic devices with a particular emphasis being place on biomedical/clinical applications.


Research within the sensors section develops the electronic instrumentation and chemical systems to monitor, quantitatively, analytes within both gaseous and condensed phase media. This has recently lead to the building of energy scavenging devices for analysis.


Name Research interests
Prof Gillian Greenway Sensing, environmental analysis, microfluidics
Prof Nicole Pamme Bioanalysis in lab-on-a-chip
Dr Kevin Welham Mass spectrometry based analysis
Prof Ross Boyle New tools for studying the effects of oxidative stress and reactive oxygen species on biological systems
Prof David Evans Mössbauer spectroscopy
Dr Tommy Horozov Open microfluidics 
Dr M Garzia Francesconi  XRD
Dr Alex Iles Analytical sciences in lab-on-a-chip devices
Dr Rob Lewis NMR spectrocopy
Prof. Mark Lorch Protein NMR spectroscopy, lipid membranes, citizen science
Dr Tim Prior XRD
Dr Tony Walmsley Chemometrics, design of experiments, statistics
Dr Nigel Young Vibration spectroscopy
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