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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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Research Output

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

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
  • Thesis

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

    Author: Famuyiwa, A. O., 16 Nov 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., 14 Oct 2016

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

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    19th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium

    Christine Davidson (Participant)
    2 Jul 20184 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference