- Research Technologist (Biomedical Engineering)
Andrew Glidle studied Maths and Chemistry at Exeter University and graduated in 1988 with a PhD in Electrochemistry from Dr David Rosseinsky’s group. He then moved to Bristol University to work with Prof. Rob Hillman (currently at Leicester University) on developing the Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance technique for the study of transport and viscoelastic processes in polymer films as they undergo redox transformations.
After a few years in Bristol he moved to Glasgow to work with Dr Bob Peacock in the Inorganic Chemistry department investigating electrochemical sensors for chiral molecule detection. During this time he began working with Jon Cooper of the Bioelectronics group in EEE and later took up an opportunity to work in the then emerging field of Molecular Electronics.
Throughout his career, alongside interests in spectroscopy and the use of electron transfer to change the properties of materials such as their colour, conductivity or catalytic behaviour, he has always been interested developing new methods of measuring things. These have included both devising new, often hybrid, instrumental techniques, and using the functional building blocks found in synthetic and biological chemistry.
These interests have lead to him developing innovations and expertise in many methods of surface analysis, ranging from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to optical and infra-red techniques to neutron scattering methods. With the advent of Lab-on-a-chip devices he has also been keen to develop ways in which macroscopic characterisation and assaying techniques can be adapted and robustly implemented within these small devices, using his background in synthetic and physical chemistry to incorporate novel functionalities or solve technological problems. His current research activities include new methods for characterising sensor materials and LOAC structures using Neutron Scattering (with Prof Rob Hillman and Dr Karl Ryder at Leicester) at the Institut Laue Langevin (Grenoble), ISIS (Rutherford Lab) and SINQ (PSI, Switzerland) and XPS (Daresbury); new methods of fabrication and control of integrated microfluidic devices; developing functional surface architectures for the incorporation of (bio)chemical sensors and separation systems into LOAC devices; QCM and SAW sensors; new methods in SPR and SERS assaying. He is on the Scientific Panel of STFC’s National Centre for Electron Spectroscopy and is regularly invited to present his work at international Electrochemistry and Neutron Scattering conferences.