Mark's research is based upon the application of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometry to the study of complex mixtures. The primary interest is an area referred to as "petroleomics," which is the molecular characterization of the components of petroleum using ultrahigh-resolution mass spectrometry.
Collaborative work with industry, academia, and the public sector is a key part of this multidisciplinary approach. One example is a long-standing collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada, where the focus is upon developing analytical approaches for monitoring the potential environmental impact of the oil sands industry in the Athabasca region of Alberta, Canada.
Groups at Warwick
- British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS): elected member of the committee and a trustee, currently Education Officer
- American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)
- Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC): MSRC CChem
- Energy Institute (EI)
- 2019-Present: Associate Professor
- 2017-2019: Principal Research Fellow
- 2013-2017: Senior Research Fellow
I am currently interested in the following areas:
- Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS)
- Complex mixture analysis, including sample extraction, sample preparation, ionization, and characterization
- Petroleum (crude oil and fractions, including asphaltenes)
- Biofuels and bio-oils
- Environmental samples
- Archaeological samples
- New data processing algorithms
- Data analysis and visualization methods
Mark leads and teaches the CH3F2 and CH3G5 (Advanced Analytical Chemistry) modules, leads the CH401 (Research Project & Methodology) module, and contributes to the CH3F7 (Energy) module. Further undergraduate teaching includes contributions to CH155 (Chemistry Laboratory and Assessed Work), CH162 tutorials (Introduction to Physical Chemistry), and CH3G0 (Extended Laboratory). With respect to postgraduate teaching, Mark contributes to CH921 (Frontier Instrumental Techniques for Molecular Analytical Science) and CH908 (Mass Spectrometry).
I am supervising the following PhD students:
- Rémy Gavard
- Mary J. Thomas
- Hugh E. Jones
- Latifa Alostad
- Rory Downham
At the moment I am unable to accept any further applications unless via a CDT, but if you get in touch I'll see if a member of my team might be able to help.
Selected publications. A more complete list can be found on research group publications page (http://warwick.ac.uk/barrowgroup/).
Petroleomics: Tools, Challenges, and Developments, Diana Catalina Palacio Lozano, Mary J. Thomas, Hugh E. Jones, and Mark P. Barrow, Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry, 2020, 13, in press
KairosMS: A New Solution for the Processing of Hyphenated Ultrahigh Resolution Mass Spectrometry Data, Rémy Gavard, Hugh E. Jones, Diana Catalina Palacio Lozano, Mary J. Thomas, David Rossell, Simon E. F. Spencer, Mark P. Barrow, Anal. Chem., 2020, 92 (5), pp. 3775-3786.
Characterization of bio-crude components derived from pyrolysis of soft wood and its esterified product by ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry and spectroscopic techniques, Diana Catalina Palacio Lozano, Claudia X. Ramírez, José Aristóbulo Sarmiento Chaparro, Mary J. Thomas, Rémy Gavard, Hugh E. Jones, Rafael Cabanzo Hernández, Enrique Mejia-Ospino, Mark P. Barrow, Fuel, 2020, 259, art. no. 116085.
Rhapso: Automatic Stitching of Mass Segments from Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectra, Rémy Gavard, Diana Catalina Palacio Lozano, Guzman, A., David Rossell, Simon E. F. Spencer, Mark P. Barrow, Anal. Chem., 2019, 91 (23), pp. 15130-15137
Pushing the analytical limits: new insights into complex mixtures using mass spectra segments of constant ultrahigh resolving power, Diana Catalina Palacio Lozano, Remy Gavard, Juan P. Arenas-Diaz, Mary J. Thomas, David D. Stranz, Enrique Mejía-Ospino, Alexander Guzman, Simon E. F. Spencer, David Rossell, and Mark P. Barrow, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10 (29), pp. 6966-6978
Petroleomic depth profiling of Staten Island salt marsh soil: 2ω detection FTICR MS offers a new solution for the analysis of environmental contaminants, Mary J. Thomas, Emma Collinge, Matthias Witt, Diana Catalina Palacio Lozano, Christopher H. Vane, Vicky Moss-Hayes, and Mark P. Barrow, Science of The Total Environment, 2019, 662, pp. 852-862
Characterization of oil sands naphthenic acids by negative-ion electrospray ionization mass spectrometry: Influence of acidic versus basic transfer solvent, Kerry M. Peru, Mary J. Thomas, Diana Catalina Palacio Lozano, Dena W. McMartin, John V. Headley, and Mark P. Barrow, Chemosphere, 2019, 222, pp. 1017-1024
Themis: Batch Preprocessing for Ultrahigh-Resolution Mass Spectra of Complex Mixtures, Remy Gavard, David Rossell, Simon E. F. Spencer, and Mark P. Barrow, Anal. Chem., 2017, 89, 21, pp. 11383-11390
Key bioactive reaction products of the NO/H2S interaction are S/N-hybrid species, polysulfides, and nitroxyl, Miriam M. Cortese-Krott, Gunter G. C. Kuhnle, Alex Dyson, Bernadette O. Fernandez, Marian Grman, Jenna F. DuMond, Mark P. Barrow, George McLeod, Hidehiko Nakagawa, Karol Ondrias, Péter Nagy, S. Bruce King, Joseph E. Saavedra, Larry K. Keefer, Mervyn Singer, Malte Kelm, Anthony R. Butler, and Martin Feelisch, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2015, 112, pp. E4651-E4660
An Added Dimension: GC Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization FTICR MS and the Athabasca Oil Sands, Mark P. Barrow, Kerry M. Peru, and John V. Headley, Anal. Chem., 2014, 86, pp. 8281–8288
Throwing Light on Petroleum: Simulated Exposure of Crude Oil to Sunlight and Characterization Using Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry, Matthew T. Griffiths, Raffaello Da Campo, Peter B. O'Connor, and Mark P. Barrow, Anal. Chem., 2014, 86, pp. 527-534
Application of Phase Correction to Improve the Interpretation of Crude Oil Spectra Obtained Using 7 T Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry, Yunju Cho, Yulin Qi, Peter B. O’Connor, Mark P. Barrow, Sunghwan Kim, J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom., 2014, 25, pp. 154-157
Chemical Fingerprinting of Oil Sands Naphthenic Acids in Environmental Samples - A Review of Analytical Methods, John V. Headley, Kerry M. Peru, Richard A. Frank, Jonathan W. Martin, Roderick R. O. Hazewinkle, David Humphries, Narine P. Gurprasad, L. Mark Hewitt, Derek C. G. Muir, Dorothy Lindeman, Richard Strub, Rozlyn F. Young, David M. Grewer, Randy M. Whittal, Phillip M. Fedorak, D. A. Birkholz, Ralph Hindle, Rick Reisdorph, Xiaomeng Wang, Kim Kasperski, C. Hamilton, M. Woudneh, G. Wang, Barry Loescher, Andrea Farwell, D. George Dixon, Matthew Ross, Alberto Dos Santos Pereira, Emily King, Mark P. Barrow, Brian Fahlman, Jonathan Bailey, Dena W. McMartin, Christoph H. Borchers, C. H. Ryan, N. S.Toor, H. Martin Gillis, L. Zuin, G. Bickerton, M. McMaster, Ed Sverko, Dayue Shang, and Fred J. Wrona, J. Environ. Science and Health, Part A, 2013, 48, pp. 1145-1163
Preliminary fingerprinting of Athabasca oil sands polar organics in environmental samples using electrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, John V. Headley, Mark P. Barrow, Kerry M. Peru, Brian Fahlman, Richard A. Frank, Gregory Bickerton, Mark E. McMaster, Joanne Parrott, and L. Mark Hewitt, Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 2011, 25, pp. 1899-1909
Petroleomics: study of the old and the new, Mark P. Barrow, Biofuels, 2010, 1, pp. 651-655 (Invited editorial)
Athabasca oil sands process water: characterization by atmospheric pressure photoionization and electrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, Mark P. Barrow, Matthias Witt, John V. Headley, and Kerry M. Peru, Anal. Chem., 2010, 82, pp. 3727-3735
Mass Spectrometric Characterization of Naphthenic Acids in Environmental Samples: A Review, John V. Headley, Kerry M. Peru, and Mark P. Barrow, Mass Spectrom. Rev., 2009, 28, pp. 121-134
Characterization of Naphthenic Acid Singly Charged Noncovalent Dimers and Their Dependence on the Accumulation Time within a Hexapole in Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry, Raffaello Da Campo, Mark P. Barrow, Andrew G. Shepherd, Malcolm Salisbury, and Peter J. Derrick, Energy Fuels, 2009, 23, pp. 5544-5549
Data Visualization for the Characterization of Naphthenic Acids within Petroleum Samples, Mark P. Barrow, John V. Headley, Kerry M. Peru, and Peter J. Derrick, Energy Fuels, 2009, 23, pp. 2592-2599
Characterization of Naphthenic Acids from Athabasca Oil Sands Using Electrospray Ionization: The Significant Influence of Solvents, John V. Headley, Kerry M. Peru, Mark P. Barrow, and Peter J. Derrick, Anal. Chem., 2007, 79, pp. 6222-6229
Principles of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry and its application in structural biology, Mark P. Barrow, William I. Burkitt, and Peter J. Derrick, Analyst, 2005, 130, pp. 18-28
Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry of principal components in oilsands naphthenic acids, Mark P. Barrow, John V. Headley, Kerry M. Peru, and Peter J. Derrick, J. Chrom. A, 2004, 1058, pp. 51-59
Determination of the Nature of Naphthenic Acids Present in Crude Oils Using Nanospray Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry: The Continued Battle Against Corrosion, Mark P. Barrow, Liam A. McDonnell, Xidong Feng, Jérémie Walker, and Peter J. Derrick, Anal. Chem., 2003, 75, pp. 860-866