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I received my BSc in Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in 2017. For my final year project I conducted research, under the UK Space Agency, to analyse nitrogen levels in soils and evaluated methods for sample preparation, initial screening, and quality control which were applicable for use on remote robotic-borne Martian analysis systems. 

I took a year out during my undergraduate studies to work in a chemistry consultancy. I worked across a wide range of projects, working in multidisciplinary teams, liaising directly with clients and offering personalised and novel solutions for research and development.

I am currently a full-time PhD student at the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science; studying the thermal disruption of the physical and chemical properties of porcine ribs.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, University of Strathclyde


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Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy Engineering & Materials Science
Robotics Engineering & Materials Science
Nitrogen Chemical Compounds
Particle size Engineering & Materials Science
Soils Engineering & Materials Science
Microanalysis Engineering & Materials Science
Ion chromatography Engineering & Materials Science
Planets Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2018 2018

51 Downloads (Pure)

Effects of sample pretreatment and particle size on the determination of nitrogen in soil by portable LIBS and potential use on robotic-borne remote Martian and agricultural soil analysis systems

Yan, X. T., Donaldson, K. M., Davidson, C. M., Gao, Y., Wu, H., Houston, A. M. & Kisdi, A., 2018, In : RSC Advances. 8, p. 36886-36894 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy
Particle size

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Membership of external research organisation
  • 1 Public engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition

St John's Literacy Day Visits

Andrew Houston (Contributor)
10 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation)

Andrew Houston (Member)
1 Apr 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

Bio Dundee 2019

Andrew Houston (Organiser), Catarina Sobreira (Organiser)
21 May 201922 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Three Act Robbery - Festival of the Future

Heather Doran (Organiser), Catarina Sobreira (Host), Sunpatch Benjavongkulchai (Organiser), Caitlyn Norman (Organiser), Katie Larner (Organiser), Magda Barros (Organiser), Andrew Houston (Organiser), Andrew Brandon (Organiser), Aga Kuffel (Organiser), Valentina Panci (Organiser), Laura Daly (Organiser), Veronika Dzetkulicová (Organiser), Micol Zuppello (Organiser), Roy Mudie (Organiser)
19 Oct 2019

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition