Nicholas Lockyer

Nicholas Lockyer, BSc PhD CChem FRSC


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  • PhD in Laser Ionisation Mass Spectrometry, UMIST Chemistry 1996
  • BSc Chemistry (1st Class), UMIST Chemistry 1991

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I am a Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, Analytical Measurement and Physical Chemistry Section. My first degree and PhD were from the Department of Chemistry at UMIST. On completion of my PhD I took up a post-doc with Prof John Vickerman to develop a new imaging ToF-SIMS (secondary ion mass spectrometry) instrument for surface chemical analysis. Further development work and biological applications of ToF-SIMS were pursued through a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship.  I joined the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science on the creation of the new University of Manchester in 2004, transferring to the School of Chemistry in 2011


My research group is based in the Photon Science Institute.

Research interests

My research interests focus on the development and application of surface analysis and chemical imaging particularly ToF-SIMS and laser-based mass spectrometry. There are three themes to our research: fundamentals, instrument development and applications research. The Life Sciences provide an exciting field in which to develop new applications, which in turn drive the development in these areas. We are currently seeking to exploit these advances through a variety of collaborations with fellow academics, industrial partners and healthcare professionals.
Research topics: Analytical Chemistry; Instrumentation; Chemical imaging; Ion-solid interactions; Laser-matter interactions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Areas of expertise

  • QD Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Laser Ionisation
  • Surface analysis
  • instrumentation development

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Cancer
  • Digital Futures
  • Photon Science Institute
  • Healthier Futures


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