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Personal Statement

Christine Davidson's research is in the area of environmental analytical chemistry, especially the development of new analytical methods to assess risk to human health and the environment from priority pollutants either directly or through the food chain. Recent studies have focused on chemical speciation analysis of potentially toxic elements (e.g. As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sn, Zn); the study of urban soils and inhalable airborne particles, contaminated land, sediments and waters; and on development of simple colorimetric methods for carrying out analysis in the field. She also works on persistent organic pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Academic / Professional qualifications

Christine Davidson recevied her BSc (Hons, 1st class) from the University of Glasgow in 1983 and then moved to the Department of Physics and Astronomy to carry out a PhD in laser ionisation spectroscopy. She had two postdoctoral appointments, the first at the State University of Utrecht, Netherlands, where she worked on accelerator mass spectrometry, and the second at the Scottish Universities Research and Reactor Centre, studying natural analogues for nuclear waste repositories. Christine was appointed to the staff at the University of Strathclyde in 1989 and promoted to senior lecturer in 1999.

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Soils Chemical Compounds
Poisons Chemical Compounds
Sediments Chemical Compounds
Soil Medicine & Life Sciences
Spectrometry Chemical Compounds
Mercury Chemical Compounds
soil Earth & Environmental Sciences
Metals Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2004 2022

Research Output 1993 2020

Atomic spectrometry update-a review of advances in environmental analysis

Bacon, J. R., Butler, O. T., Cairns, W. R. L., Cook, J. M., Davidson, C. M., Cavoura, O. & Mertz-Kraus, R., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry. 35, 1, p. 9-53 45 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Particulate Matter
air quality
Air quality


Detection of potentially toxic metals by SERS using salen complexes

Docherty, J. A. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 20 Apr 2017



An investigation of the distribution, fractionation and bioaccessibility of potentially toxic elements in urban soils of Lagos, Nigeria

Author: Famuyiwa, A. O., 1 Feb 2016

Supervisor: Davidson, C. (Supervisor) & Gibson, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Development of analytical techniques for detection and remediation of polychlorinated biphenyls in soil and water samples

Author: IDIALU, O. R., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Gibson, L. (Supervisor) & Davidson, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2008 2018

19th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium

Christine Davidson (Participant)
2 Jul 20184 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

9th Scottish Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Christine Davidson (Participant)
14 Dec 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference