Leon Barron
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Research interests

Dr Barron leads an analytical separations research laboratory at King's College London. Research includes the development and application of all areas of separation science for environmental and/or forensic application. Areas under investigation include online/offline sampling and preparation technologies, stationary phase development, and ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography/ion chromatography and coupling approaches to high resolution mass spectrometry. He also has a keen interest in understanding the occurrence, fate and effects of emerging pollutants in the environment and on the trace detection of explosive residues in human fingermarks. Part of this work uses in silico techniques for large dataset interpretation (e.g. artificial neural networks and principal component analysis).

Current projects include:

Energetic Materials: The development of ion chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometric methods for the characterisation, distribution and detection of ammunition residues in latent human fingerprints

Materials: The development of novel polymer monolithic stationary phases in capillary formats

Environmental Chemistry:

(a) Assessing the impact of combined sewer overflow sources on the occurrence of pharmaceutically related contaminants in the Thames River (funded under the EPSRC CASE scheme in partnership with the Environmental Sustainability KTN and Thermo-Fisher Scientific

(b) Predictive Ecotoxicology: Artificial Neural Networks for the Prediction of Xenobiotic Bioaccumulation in Invertebrates (funded under BBSRC-CASE scheme in partnership with Astra Zeneca)

Dr Barron is also the Editor in Chief of Science & Justice, Journal of the Forensic Science Society since 2011.

Research interests (short)

Forensic and environmental analytical chemistry specialising in chromatographic techniques coupled to mass spectrometry

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate , Academic Practice, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Doctor of Philosophy, Ion chromatography-mass spectrometry of trace disinfectant by-product residues in drinking water, Dublin City University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Bachelor of Science, Dublin City University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001


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