Hi! My name’s Chris. I’m a scientist and I love tea.
I am a Research Fellow in Mass Spectrometry at The Liggins Insitute in Auckland, New Zealand. My work focuses on developing new applications of gas and liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry. I am also experimenting with alternative sample introduction systems to mass spectrometry, such as Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation [MALDI].
I completed my PhD in marine ecotoxicology at Exeter University in the UK in 2010. My work covers many fields including analytical chemistry, chemical ecology and ecotoxicology. For example I have developed new methods for the analysis of anthocyanins and polyphenols in cherries by LC-MS, the profiling of triglycerides in human and invertebrate serum, fish eggs and cooking oils by LC-MS and I’m working on profiling metabolites in pretty much anything organic using either LC-MS or GC-MS. I’m also interested in volatilomics and have recently developed some applications of Thermal Desorption Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry [TD-GC-MS] to generate Total Volatile Profiles from a variety of different sample matrices.
My general interests are very broad and cover aspects of sustainable development, clean tech, renewable energy and ecological economics. I greatly enjoy hacking hardware for my own amusement and for research purposes. I also dabble in software hackery, developing applications for programmable microprocessor platforms, such as Arduino, and for the programming environment Processing. This allows me to measure and control things in the lab. For example, I constructed a device to switch flows of heated milk through a bioreactor and to log the temperature to a PC. I have also created a device for switching flows of compressed air to inflatable collars used to simulate peristalsis in a synthetic human stomach. I intend to keep a record of my hackery on this blog so keep your eyes peeled for the #Hacking tag.
The contents of this blog reflect my personal opinions and not those of my employer.