Profile

Stuart Waddell
First Name: Stuart
Surname: Waddell
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: 01224 262886
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ORCID: ORCID Icon http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0648-503X

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences on the Forensic and Analytical Science undergraduate degree.
  • Stage two year tutor and the recruitment representative for the undergraduate degree.

Academic Background

  • First Class  BSc (Hons) in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry,  University of Strathclyde, 1999
  • Chartered Chemist with the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Chartered Scientist with the Science Council
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Research Interests

Stuart is currently working towards a PhD in the topic of electro analysis. The ultimate aim of the project is to develop a cheap, robust, accurate and precise method for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of controlled drugs. Electrochemical sensing lends itself to field deployment more readily than many other analytical techniques due to factors such as size, cost, and simplicity. Therefore avoltammetric technique is sought which provides highest sensitivity and selectivity for the target compounds. The research will investigate the analytical parameters such as electrode, electrolyte and voltage profile in order to achieve this aim.

Current Research

  • The Development of a Novel Electrochemical Sensor for Controlled Drugs
    The ultimate aim of the project is to develop a cheap, robust, accurate and precise method for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of controlled drugs. Electrochemical sensing lends itself to field deployment more readily than many other analytical techniques due to factors such as size, cost, and simplicity. Therefore a voltammetric technique is sought which provides highest sensitivity and selectivity for the target compounds. The research will investigate the analytical parameters such as electrode, electrolyte and voltage profile in order to achieve this aim.
    Supervisors: Prof P. Pollard and Dr C. Inverarity

He is involved in ongoing research in collaboration with colleagues at RGU, Abertay University and Police Scotland regarding the profiling of controlled drugs.

Publications

  1. S. Bibi, D. H. Bremner, M. Macdougall-Heasman, R. Reid, K. Simpson, A. Tough, S. Waddell, I. J. Stewart and K. H. Matthews. A preliminary investigation to group disparate batches of licit and illicit diazepam tablets using differential scanning calorimetry. Anal. Methods, 2015,7, 8597-8604 doi:10.1039/C5AY01711D

Teaching

Stuart teaching focuses mainly on analytical chemistry e.g. spectroscopy, chromatography, electro analysis, etc. Stuart is also involved in some of the forensic aspects as prior to coming to RGU he worked at the Grampian Police laboratory.