Prof. Andrew Beeby
Telephone: (0191) 334 2023 (direct)
E-mail: [email protected]
I am interesting in studying materials that glow. Fluorescent and phosphorescent materials are ubiquitous – from the money in your pocket (did you know that the pound notes in your wallet contain Europium…?) to the next generation display-screens. Even your pet budgerigar fluoresces! For a bit more detail have a look here. I am also interested in using Raman imaging and optical spectroscopy to study the pigments used in medieval manuscripts.
Optical spectroscopy is a great way to demonstrate the fundamental principles of the absorption and emission of radiation – the fundamentals of spectroscopy. It’s visual and easy to demonstrate. Thanks to funding from the RSC via the Chemistry: the next generation and HE-STEM programmes we have put together a set of equipment as part of “Spectroscopy in a Suitcase”. This equipment is available for loan schools to allow pupils hands-on access to the equipment. Full details can be found at our Spectroscopy in a Suitcase page.
Chemistry Webmaster – 14 March, 2002