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Dr Renli Ma

Senior Lecturer

Department: Applied Sciences

Dr Renli Ma Staffprofile Northumbriauniversity255Dr Renli Ma is Senior Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemical and Forensic Sciences.  He started his higher education at Nankai University in China and obtained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He then worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, where he also gained an MSc in Molecular and Genetic Medicine, before starting his current post in the School of Life Sciences.

His research is primarily concerning trace elements in biological and environmental systems, particularly in respect of trace element association with biomolecules. Inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is utilised for elemental/ isotopic determination in combination with chromatography/ electrophoresis for chemical speciation. His interests have more recently expanded to studies of organic pollutants and biomarkers in biomedical matrices by chromatography and/or mass spectrometry.

Key Publications

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  • Pressurised fluid extraction, Dean, J., Ma, R. Nov 2010, Handbook of Sample Preparation, London, Wiley
  • Pressurized fluid extraction, Dean, J., Ma, R. 1 Oct 2010, Handbook of sample preparation, Oxford, Wiley
  • Atomic absorption, atomic emission, and inductively coupled plasma spectroscopies in food analysis, Dean, J., Ma, R. 2008, Handbook of Food Analysis Instruments, Boca Raton, FL, Taylor & Francis
  • Bioavailability and Bioaccessibility of Metals in the Environment, Ma, R., Gbefa, B., Entwistle, J., Dean, J. Jul 2008, 14th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium
  • Bioavailability and Bioaccessibility of Metals in the Environment, Gbefa, B., Dean, J., Ma, R., Entwistle, J. Apr 2008, New Frontiers in Soil Chemical Analysis, (Soil System Sciences - SSS14), European Geosciences Union General Assembly
  • Expression of the PitA phosphate/metal transporter of Escherichia coli is responsive to zinc and inorganic phosphate levels, Jackson, R., Binet, M., Lee, L., Ma, R., Graham, A., McLeod, C., Poole, R. 2008, In: FEMS Microbiology Letters
  • Approaches to assess the oral bioaccessibility of persistent organic pollutants: A critical review, Dean, J., Ma, R. Jul 2007, In: Chemosphere
  • Dermal nickel exposure associated with coin handling and in various occupational settings : assessment using a newly developed finger immersion method, Staton, I., Ma, R., Evans, N., Hutchinson, R., McLeod, C., Gawkrodger, D. Apr 2006, In: British Journal of Dermatology
  • Determination of 238U/234U isotope ratios in environmental waters by quadrupole ICP-MS after U stripping from alpha-spectrometry counting sources, Mas, J., Ma, R., McLeod, C., González-Labajo, J., Cox, A., Watson, P. Apr 2006, In: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Speciation of protein bound trace elements by gel electrophoresis and atomic spectrometry, Ma, R., McLeod, C., Tomlinson, K., Poole, R. Aug 2004, In: Electrophoresis


  • Chemistry PhD June 10 1995
  • Chemistry BSc September 01 1982

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