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Mr Martin D. West, BSc, MSc(Eng), AMIChemE, MIScT

Laboratory Technician in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 44359
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 113

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I have over 20 years of experience working in various technical roles in industry and academia. Prior to joining the university as a research technician in 2005, I was the principle chemist and senior chemist in two local UKAS/MCERTS accredited contract laboratories where I was responsible for supervising a small team of analysts.

Joining the university allowed me to get more directly involved with analytical research and development, a part of the job that I most enjoy. In 2010 I was promoted to grade 7 senior research technician with direct responsibility for the day-to-day running of the chemical analysis laboratories within the department.

Responsibilities within department

  • Management of the Analytical Laboratory.
  • Management of the Gamma Spectroscopy Laboratory.
  • Management of the Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) facilties.
  • Provide advice, training and supervision for the uses of the laboratory facilities.
  • Method/Instrument development and validation.
  • Instrument maintenance and repair.


  • GC/MS (including pyrolysis-GC/MS, CI-GC/MS).
  • LC-MS/MS.
  • Gamma Spectroscopy/Gamma dating.
  • ICP-MS.
  • UV-vis Spectrometry.

Other Analytical Techniques

  • Elemental Analysis (CHNSO) by combustion.
  • TOC/DOC/TN (in waters by combustion).
  • IC and IC/MS.
  • GC-FID.
  • GC-TOF
  • ICP-OES.
  • AAS (HG-AAS).
  • Bomb Calorimetry.
  • XRF.
  • Various extractions/titrations/colorimetric procedures and associated instruments.

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