Ramon Gonzalez-Mendez


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Research Interests

Analytical Chemistry

Mass Spectrometry

Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Environmental pollution

Water quality



My principal research interest is the development of high resolution mass spectrometry techniques for environmental monitoring.


I obtained my degree in Chemistry in 2012 from the University of Oviedo (Spain), where I specialised in Analytical Chemistry. At the same university, I undertook an MsC in Analytical and Bioanalytical Sciences, focussing in Mass Spectrometry. After working in industry for several years, I moved to the University of Birmingham after being awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to work on developing hardware and applications for Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometry for explosives detection, under the supervision of Professor Chris Mayhew. In 2017 I obtained my PhD in Molecular Physics on the topic of “Development and applications of Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometry for Homeland Security: trace detection of explosives”, followed by a postdoctoral position in the same group for further 6 months and as an Honorary Researcher ever since. After that, I took a position in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience - Coventry University, where I led the setting-up of the laboratory suite for the Research Centre, with emphasis in organic high-resolution mass spectrometry and inorganic mass spectrometry. During the last two years, I have been focussing in the implementation, development and expansion of the mass spectrometry facilities to help establishing a cutting-edge research service for environmental monitoring. My current role consists on leading and managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the laboratory, whilst developing mass spectrometry applications and methods for environmental monitoring. This specifically involves development and optimisation of both targeted and untargeted high-resolution mass spectrometry methodologies for the analysis of small molecules.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Mass Spectrometry, Doctorate, Supervised by Professor Chris A. Mayhew. Thesis: “Development and applications of proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry for Homeland Security: trace detection of explosives”. http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/7538/, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 3 May 2017

Analytical and Bioanalytical Sciences, MSc, MSc, Analytical and Bioanalytical Sciences July 2012 University of Oviedo Supervised by Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-González. Final project: “Evaluation of a GC-ICP-MS transfer line prototype with simultaneous liquid nebulization”. http://digibuo.uniovi.es/dspace/handle/10651/4307, University of Oviedo

Award Date: 26 Jul 2012

Chemistry, Degree, University of Oviedo

Award Date: 10 Feb 2010

External positions

Honorary Research associate, University of Birmingham

1 Sept 2016 → …


  • QD Chemistry
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Analytical Chemistry


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