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Dr Ian Bull

Dr Ian Bull

Dr Ian Bull
B.Sc. (Bristol), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Research Fellow in Analytical Chemistry

Area of research

Organic chemistry of soil and freshwater environments

Office W416
School of Chemistry,
Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS
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+44 (0) 117 331 7554



I obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry at the University of Bristol in 1993 then subsequently stayed at Bristol to study for a PhD investigating soil lipids and their application in archaeology and the natural environment. I was awarded my PhD in February 1998 and was then employed as a NERC funded postdoctoral research assistant working on the trophic preferences and interactions of micro and mesofauna found in terrestrial soil systems. This project was carried out in collaboration with The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

In September 2001 I took over management of the Bristol node of the NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility (LSMSF). Since November 2003 I have been employed as a University funded Research Associate and have also continued in my capacity as Manager of the NERC LSMSF Bristol Node. In 2007 I was made a University funded Research Fellow.

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When not in work I can often be found tramping up a hill in the middle of nowhere.

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Current teaching commitments

  • Organic Chemistry lectures as part of the Level 1E Chemistry course
  • Level 1X/Y Tutorials
  • Analytical Chemistry lectures as part of the Level 2 Intermediate Analytical Chemistry course
  • Demonstrate in the Level 3 ChemLab laboratories
  • L1/L2 Examinations Officier for the Organic and Biological Section


  • soil organic matter
  • environmental chemistry
  • forensic science
  • archaeological chemistry
  • pollution
  • analytical methodologies
  • stable isotopes
  • mass spectrometry
  • chromatography
  • hyphenated techniques



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