Dr. Elizabeth Gilchrist


Liz Gilchrist is a Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry. She received a B.Sc. (1st Hons) in Chemistry from University of Liverpool in 2009, before her M.Sc. in Forensic Science from King’s College London. She remained at KCL for her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry specialising in the analysis of trace, low-order inorganic explosive residues using ion chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. She completed her first postdoctoral position at KCL before moving to UCC in 2015, and was appointed a lectureship in 2017. Her interests lie in the development and application of separation techniques to the fields of forensic and environmental science.

Research Interests

  • Separation science, particularly chromatography
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Forensics
  • Environmental
  • Trace Analysis


A review of oxyhalide disinfection by-products determination in water by ion chromatography and ion chromatography-mass spectrometry - Elizabeth S. Gilchrist, David A. Healy, Virginia N. Morris and Jeremy D. Glennon - Analytica Chimica Acta, 2016, 942, 12-22.

Progressing the analysis of Improvised Explosive Devices. Comparative study for trace detection of explosive residues in handprints by Raman spectroscopy and ion chromatography - Félix Zapata, Mª Ángeles Fernández de la Ossa, Elizabeth Gilchrist, Leon Barron and Carmen García Ruiz – Talanta, 2016, 161, 219-227.

Organic solvent and temperature-enhanced ion chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry for the determination of low molecular weight organic and inorganic anions – Elizabeth S. Gilchrist, Pavel N. Nesterenko, Norman W. Smith and Leon P. Barron – Analytica Chimica Acta, 2015, 865, 83-91.

Ion chromatography-mass spectrometry: A review of recent technologies and applications in forensic and environmental explosives analysis – Leon Barron and Elizabeth GilchristAnalytica Chimica Acta, 2014, 806, 27-54.

Residues from low-order energetic materials: The comparative performance of a range of sampling approaches prior to analysis by ion chromatography – Katarzyna Szomborg, Fleur Jongekrijg, Elizabeth Gilchrist, Tony Webb, Dan Wood and Leon Barron – Forensic Science International, 2013, 233, 55-62.

Detection of anionic energetic material residues in enhanced fingermarks on porous and non-porous surfaces using ion chromatography – Catherine Love, Elizabeth Gilchrist, Norman Smith and Leon Barron – Forensic Science International, 2013, 231, 150-156.

Characterisation of gunshot residue from three ammunition types using suppressed anion exchange chromatography -Elizabeth Gilchrist, Fleur Jongekrijg, Laura Harvey, Norman Smith and Leon Barron - Forensic Science International, 2012, 221, 50-56.

Probing gunshot residue, sweat and latent human fingerprints with capillary-scale anion exchange chromatography and suppressed conductivity detection - Elizabeth Gilchrist, Norman Smith and Leon Barron – Analyst, 2012, 137, 1576-1583.

Professional Activity


UCC. Lecturer. 2017-Present
UCC. Senior Postdoctoral Researcher. 2015-2017
KCL. Research Associate. 2015


KCL. Ph.D. 2015
KCL. M.Sc. 2010
Uni. Of Liverpool. B.Sc. Hons. 2009


Chemistry Department Athena Swan Self Assessment Team. 2016-Present
UCC Research Staff Association. Committee member. 2015-Present
SEFS Research Committee. Researcher representative. 2016-2017

Professional Memberships:
Royal Society of Chemistry
The Chromatographic Society

Teaching Activity

Teaching interests include analytical chemistry, in particular separation science and detection methods, as well as the application of these techniques to forensic science.

She is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Higher Education.

Lecturer on CM2009 Introduction to Forensic Science, CM3108 Forensic Analysis, CM3024 Analytical Chemistry, CM4100 Advanced Methods of Forensic Science, CM4026/CM4027 Advanced Analytical Chemistry.

School of Chemistry

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