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Prof John R Dean

Professor of Analytical and Environmental Sciences

Department: Applied Sciences

John R. Dean is Professor of Analytical and Environmental Sciences in the Department of Applied Sciences. He has previously held the positions of Lecturer (1988), Senior Lecturer (1990), Reader (1994), Principal Lecturer (1998) and Associate Dean for Research (2004) at Northumbria University.

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.

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  • DSc
  • PhD
  • DIC
  • BSc
  • MSc
  • FRSC
  • CChem
  • CSci
  • Cert Ed

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

John’s research is concerned with the development of novel methods to investigate the influence of metals and persistent organic compounds in environmental and biological matrices. Recent work has focused on (a) the application of the physiologically-based extraction test to assess environmental health risk from metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in contaminated land studies, (b) development of new chromatographic methods for environmental and biological samples using gas chromatography and ion mobility spectrometry, and, (c) development of novel gas chromatographic approaches as a diagnostic tool for bacterial detection/identification. Much of the work is directly supported by industry and other external sponsors.

Sponsors and Collaborators

  • bioMerieux
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Niger-Delta Development Commission, Nigeria.
  • Libyan Embassy, Libya

Current/Recent Projects

'Analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) as a diagnostic tool for bacterial detection/identification'. bioMerieux. 

Key Publications

 “Analysis of pathogenic bacteria using exogenous volatile organic compound metabolites and optical sensor detection”, E. Tait, S.P. Stanforth, S. Reed, J.D. Perry and J.R. Dean. RSC Advances, 5 (2015) 15494 – 15499. DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13914C.

 “Human health risk from Pb in urban street dust in northern UK cities”, N.I. Elom, J. Entwistle and J.R. Dean, Environmental Chemistry Letters, 12 (2014) 209-218.

 “Environmental Trace Analysis. Techniques and Applications, JR Dean, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., Chichester (2014). (

“Evaluation and application of static headspace - multicapillary column - gas chromatography - ion mobility spectrometry (SHS- MCC-GC-IMS) for complex sample analysis”, C.J. Denawaka, I.A. Fowlis and J.R. Dean, Journal of Chromatography A, 1338 (2014) 136–148.

“Development and application of an inhalation bioaccessibility method (IBM) for lead in the PM10 size fraction of soil”, Ndokiari Boisa, Nwabueze I. Elom, John R. Dean, Michael E. Deary, Graham Bird and Jane A. Entwistle, Environment International, 70 (2014) 132-142.

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