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Prof John Dean


Department: Applied Sciences

John R Dean Staffprofile Northumbriauniversity255John R. Dean was appointed as Lecturer (1988), Senior Lecturer (1990), Reader (1994), Principal Lecturer (1998) and Associate Dean (2004) at Northumbria University. He was awarded a personal chair by Northumbria University in August 2004. In 1998 he was awarded a D.Sc. (London) in Analytical and Environmental Science and was the recipient of the 23rd SAC Silver Medal in 1995 (awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division).

John obtained his BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (now Manchester University), an MSc in Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation from Loughborough University. This was followed by a PhD, DIC at Imperial College, London under the supervision of Professor R.D. Snook. Postdoctoral research followed at the then Food Science Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) in Norwich in conjunction with Professor L.C. Ebdon at the University of Plymouth.

John is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been principal or co-investigator of externally funded research grants with a total value in excess of £1.5M and has published extensively (over 180 papers, book chapters and books) in analytical and environmental science. He has supervised over 26 PhD students.  John is a current member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Analytical Division Council as well as a past chair of the North East Region (RSC) Analytical Division.


  • Chemistry PhD November 01 1988
  • Fellow (FRSC) Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 2015
  • Principal Fellow (PFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Key Publications

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  • A critical evaluation of the use and ‘misuse’ of As and Pb bioaccessibility data in human health risk assessments, Dean, J., Amaibi, P., Okorie, A., Entwistle, J. 11 Jul 2020, In: Environmental Research
  • Detection of β-alanyl aminopeptidase as a biomarker for Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the sputum of patients with cystic fibrosis using exogenous volatile organic compound evolution, Dean, J., Stanforth, S., Perry, J., Sykes, H., Stephenson, D., Thompson, R. 12 Mar 2020, In: RSC Advances
  • Microfiber release from real soiled consumer laundry and the impact of fabric care products and washing conditions, Lant, N., Hayward, A., Peththawadu, M., Sheridan, K., Dean, J. 5 Jun 2020, In: PLoS One
  • A direct comparison of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry with clinical routine testing immunoassay methods for the detection and quantification of thyroid hormones in blood serum, Bowerbank, S., Carlin, M., Dean, J. May 2019, In: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • An apple a day? Assessing gardeners’ lead exposure in urban agriculture sites to improve the derivation of soil assessment criteria, Entwistle, J., Amaibi, P., Dean, J., Deary, M., Medock, D., Morton, J., Rodushkin, I., Bramwell, L. 1 Jan 2019, In: Environment International
  • Dissolution Testing of Single- and Dual-Component Thyroid Hormone Supplements, Bowerbank, S., Carlin, M., Dean, J. 26 Mar 2019, In: Separations
  • Mineralogy, solid-phase fractionation and chemical extraction to assess the mobility and availability of arsenic in an urban environment, Amaibi, P., Entwistle, J., Kenendy, N., Cave, M., Kemp, S., Potgieter-Vermaak, S., Dean, J. 1 Jan 2019, In: Applied Geochemistry
  • Bioaccessibility of heavy metals in the seaweed Caulerpa racemosa var. corynephora: Human health risk from consumption, Intawongse, M., Kongchouy, N., Dean, J. 2018, In: Instrumentation Science & Technology
  • Rapid detection of hydrogen sulfide produced by pathogenic bacteria in focused growth media using SHS-MCC-GC-IMS, Thompson, R., Perry, J., Stanforth, S., Dean, J. 1 Jul 2018, In: Microchemical Journal
  • Use of exogenous volatile organic compounds to detect Salmonella in milk, Bahroun, N., Perry, J., Stanforth, S., Dean, J. 22 Oct 2018, In: Analytica Chimica Acta

PGR Supervision

  • Aishath Ahmed Start: 02/03/2020
  • Madusha Peththawadu Garment longevity and microfiber release through the laundry process Start: 01/10/2016
  • Ryan Thompson Detection of microbial volatile compounds and their application in the identification of pathogenic organisms Start: 01/10/2016
  • Samantha Bowerbank Start: 01/02/2016
  • Samantha Bowerbank Start: 01/02/2016
  • Najat Bahroun Detection of Salmonella in Food Samples Using Exogenous Volatile Organic Compound Metabolites Start: 18/02/2013


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