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Dr. Mark P. Barrow CChem MRSC


ORCID: 0000-0002-6474-5357

ResearcherID: C-3145-2009


Reader: August 2022 - Present

Associate Professor: January 2019 - August 2022

Principal Research Fellow: June 2017 - January 2019

Senior Research Fellow: June 2013 - June 2017

Research Fellow (permanent position, independent researcher and funding): June 2006 - June 2013

Research Fellow (postdoctoral research, supervisor: Prof. Peter J. Derrick): July 2000 - June 2006


PhD, Chemistry (supervisor: Dr. Thomas Drewello): October 1996 - December 2000

BSc (Hons.), Chemistry: October 1993 - July 1996

Early education in Brighton, UK and in Palo Alto, California, USA

Professional memberships

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Member with Chartered Chemist status (CChem MRSC)

American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)

British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS)

Energy Institute (EI)

External roles

RSC: Analytical Methods: Instrumental Analysis Expert Working Group: November 2020 - Present

BMSS: General Secretary: October 2022 - Present

BMSS: Education Officer: October 2019 - September 2022

BMSS: Elected Committee member and trustee: October 2015 - Present

Faraday Discussions, organizing committee ("Challenges in Analysis of Complex Natural Mixtures"): July 2018 - May 2019

ASMS: Workshop coordinator, “Energy, Petroleum, and Biofuels”: 2015-2017

ASMS: Conference session chair, “Energy, Petroleum, and Biofuels”: 2016

BMSS: Annual conference session chairs: 2015, 2016, 2018

“Fuel” (journal), guest editor: 2017

Reviewer for funding bodies:
American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF), Alberta Innovates, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), British Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), European Commission, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Reviewer for ~35 journals, including:
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Algal Research, Analyst, Analytical Chemistry, Analytical Methods, Chemical Reviews, Chemosphere, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Science, Energy & Fuels, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, European Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Faraday Discussions, Fuel, Fuel Processing and Technology, Industrial and Engineering Chemical Research, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, iScience, Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Mass Spectrometry Reviews, Mass Spectrometry Reviews, Nature Communications, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, Recent Patents on Corrosion Science, Science of the Total Environment, Sustainable Energy and Fuels, Talanta, Water Air & Soil Pollution, Water Research

Examiner for PhD:
University of Eastern Finland, University of Southampton, University of Warwick (internal), University of Bristol

Research supervision

Current: 1 PDRA, 4 PhD students, 1 MChem project student

Previous supervision: 1 PDRA, 2 PhD students completed, 6 MAS CDT (Masters/PhD) project students, 1 ASI (Masters) student, 3 AS:MIT (Masters) project students, 6 URSS (undergraduate) project students, 7 MChem project students, and provided training and guidance for other ICR Lab PhD students (13) and PDRAs (4)


Total: ~£5.8 million in funding (of which ~£1.1 million as PI, mostly from industry)

2020 EPSRC (ID: EP/V007718/1): “Hyperfine Resolution and Advanced Structural Analysis to Enable Next-Generation Molecular Science” (Co-I, awarded £3,101,722)

2020 EPSRC (ID: EP/V007688/1): “EPRSC Resource Only Strategic Equipment: the Warwick Analytical Science Centre” (Co-I, awarded £953,764)

2017 Newton Fund Institutional Links (ID: 275910721): “Fingerprints typification of biofuel samples by ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry using an ultra-high resolution FT-ICR MS” (PI, awarded £86,986.18)

2016 EPSRC GCRF award: “Environmental petroleomics: water quality in Colombia” (PI, awarded £49,381)

2016 Monash Warwick Alliance: joint PI, £6,337 to Warwick, $3,000 AUD to Monash

2016 Australian Bicentennial Scholarship & Fellowship Awards, £2k

2012 BBSRC (ID: BB/J019690/1), “Yield Improvement of oilseed rape through genetic manipulation of rhizosphere exudation,” (Research-CoI, awarded: £512,416)


2020: KairosMS (

2019: Rhapso (

2017: Themis (

Research world record

2019: Largest number of unique molecular formula assignments within a single sample (244,779 assignments without chromatography or MS/MS) (

Research group prizes

2022: Best PhD student talk at CENTA meeting: Benedict Gannon

2021: Best PhD student talk at Postgraduate Symposium: Hugh E. Jones

2021: PhD student poster at Postgraduate Symposium, honorary mention: Latifa Alostad

2020: Faculty Post-Doctoral Research Prize: Diana Catalina Palacio Lozano

2019: Nev Haskins Oral Prize for Early Career Researcher talk at the “Advances in Hyphenated Mass Spectrometry” conference: Diana Catalina Palacio Lozano

2018: Barber Prize for best student talk at annual British Mass Spectrometry Society conference: Mary J. Thomas


2022: Article in The Analytical Scientist ("Complexity Resolved?:"

2019: Interviewed for Chemistry World article (“Stitched spectra distinguish over 240k elemental compositions in petroleum sample,” August 2019:

2019: Article in Spectroscopy Europe ("New mass spectrometry method for characterisation of the most challenging complex mixtures:"

2019: Article in The Analytical Scientist ("Record Breakers:"

2019: Interviewed for The Chemical Engineer ("Record-breaking analysis")

2019: Interviewed for Tribology & Lubrication Technology ("Composition of Mineral Oil")

2015: "Ultrahigh Resolution Mass Spectrometry: Determining the Molecular Composition of Petroleum," Petro-Industry News (Annual Buyer's Guide 2015: )

2011: Interviewed for comment in Chemistry World article (“Monitoring oil sand toxicity,” March 2011:

2010: Interviewed for Chemistry World article (“A Barrel Load of Compounds,” May 2010:


A list of publications can also be found within the group web pages:

Approximately 101 peer-reviewed journal publications, 4 book chapters, and 56 confidential reports for industry (Note: industrial collaborations have often precluded publication.)

h-index (as of December 2022): 34 (Google Scholar), 31 (Scopus), 30 (Web of Science/Publons)

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

Director: "Analytical Sciences and Instrumentation" MSc course: 2022 - Present

Module leader: CH915 (Principles and Techniques in Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis): 2022 - Present

Module leader: CH3F2 and CH3G5 (Advanced Analytical Chemistry): 2019 - Present

Module leader: CH401 (Research Project & Methodology): 2019 - 2022

CH3F7 (Energy): 2016 - Present

CH155 (Chemistry Laboratory and Assessed Work): 2018 - Present

CH162 tutorials (Introduction to Physical Chemistry): 2019 - Present

CH3G0 (Extended Laboratory): 2018 - Present

CH921 (Frontier Instrumental Techniques for Molecular Analytical Science): 2014 - Present

CH908 (Mass Spectrometry): 2012 - Present

CH159 (Maths for Chemists): 2014 - 2016