Dr Richard Paul
- 01202 965261
- rpaul at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Principal Academic in Bioanalytical Chemistry
- Christchurch House C205, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Richard Paul is a bio-analytical chemist with a particular interest in the metabolomics of cancer, and the analysis of biomarkers of stress, alcohol abuse and novel psychoactive substance (NPS) abuse.
Richard is currently commissioned by the Prison Officers Association to investigate the issue of NPS abuse in UK prisons. NPS are new narcotic or psychotropic drugs (not controlled by the UN drug conventions) many of which pose serious health risks. The abuse of such drugs in prisons (including Spice and similar compounds) is a significant problem and one which is experienced to different levels across many European countries.
Richard's team are using a range of analytical techniques to assess the prevalence of NPS abuse in UK prisons and will also be assessing the extent to which prison staff are exposed to secondary drug fumes during their employment. The project is due to report findings in 2020, and will make recommendations to safeguard prison officers and other people working in prisons from exposure to secondhand drug fumes...
Working with a multi-disciplinary team at Bournemouth University and Poole Hospital, Richard is researching the metabolomics of cancer. The project, funded by AboutFace, aims to show proof of concept in a novel study for the early identification of skin cancer.
Richard also collaborates with the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Zurich, to explore the analysis of cortisol (a stress hormone) in head hair. Research in this field focuses on the interpretation of cortisol measurements in the hair of older people for use as a stress management tool.
Working with industry partners and colleagues in our engineering team, Richard leads a project on the development of graphene-based sensors for drug and alcohol detection. These novel sensors have application in a variety of industries, including healthcare and the criminal justice system.more
Current research projects: 1. New Psychoactive Substances in Prison: An Assessment of Prevalence and Prison Staff Exposure Risk. Funded by the Prison Officers Association.
2. Cancer Sensing: Metabolomics and data driven predictive modelling for non-invasive early detection of skin cancer. Funded by AboutFace.
3. Development of graphene based sensors for drug and alcohol detection. Funded by Surescreen Diagnostics Ltd.
4. Determination of New Psychoactive Substances in surface water across South Wales. Funded by SYNLAB UK.
- Gent, L. and Paul, R., 2021. The detection of new psychoactive substances in wastewater. A comprehensive review of analytical approaches and global trends. Science of the Total Environment.
- Lanfear, J.H., Voegel, C., Binz, T. and Paul, R., 2020. Hair cortisol measurement in older adults: Influence of demographic and physiological factors and correlation with perceived stress. Steroids.
- Boroujerdi, R., Abdelkader, A. and Paul, R., 2020. State of the Art in Alcohol Sensing with 2D Materials. Nano-Micro Letters, 12 (1).
- Paul, R., Williams, R., Hodson, V. and Peake, C., 2019. Detection of cannabinoids in hair after cosmetic application of hemp oil. Scientific Reports, 9 (1).
- Paul, R., Tsanaclis, L., Murray, C., Boroujerdi, R., Facer, L. and Corbin, A., 2019. Ethyl Glucuronide as a Long-Term Alcohol Biomarker in Fingernail and Hair. Matrix Comparison and Evaluation of Gender Bias. Alcohol and Alcoholism.
- Szafnauer, R., McGregor, L., Paul, R., Edwards, M. and Smith, S., 2019. Structural elucidation of new psychoactive substances in herbal incense using GC×GC-TOF MS with tandem electron ionization. Forensic Chemistry.
- Paul, R., 2018. Alcohol markers in hair: an issue of interpretation. Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology.
- Paul, R. and Tsanaclis, L., 2018. Data on ethyl glucuronide and cocaethylene concentrations in the hair of cocaine users. Data in Brief.
- Dumitrascu, C., Paul, R., Kingston, R. and Williams, R., 2018. Influence of alcohol containing and alcohol free cosmetics on FAEE concentrations in hair. A performance evaluation of ethyl palmitate as sole marker, versus the sum of four FAEEs. Forensic Science International, 283, 29-34.
- Bossers, L.C.A.M. and Paul, R., 2014. Application of Bayesian Theory to the reporting of results in alcohol hair testing. Forensic Science International., 242, 56-58.
- Bossers, L., Paul, R., Berry, A.J., Kingston, R., Middendorp, C. and Guwy, A.J., 2014. An evaluation of decontamination and extraction techniques in the analysis of ethyl glucuronide and fatty acid ethyl esters from hair samples. Journal of Chromatography B, 953-954, 115-119.
- Paul, R., Kingston, R., Tsanaclis, L., Berry, A.J. and Guwy, A.J., 2011. Simultaneous determination of EtG and GHB in hair by GCMS/MS. Drug Testing and Analysis, 3, 201-205.
- Paul, R., 2008. Hair of the dog: alcohol hair analysis. Advances Journal, 56 (12).
- Paul, R., Kingston, R., Tsanaclis, L., Berry, A.J. and Guwy, A.J., 2008. Do drug users use less alcohol than non-drug users? Forensic Science International, 176, 82-86.
- Paul, R., Tsanaclis, L., Kingston, R., Berry, A.J. and Guwy, A.J., 2006. GC-MS-MS Determination of Gamma Hydroxybutyrate in blood and urine. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 6, 375-379.
- Paul, R. and Gent, L., 2020. Analysis of indoor prison air for the presence of psychoactive substances using active sampling and Thermal Desorption GCxGC-TOF MS.. POA & HMPPS.
- Paul, R., 2018. The secret information hidden in your hair. The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/the-secret-information-hidden-in-your-hair-98121.
- Bethan Davies. Determination of NPS in surface water across South Wales
- Ramin Boroujerdi. Printable graphene sensors for drug and alcohol detection
Profile of Teaching PG
- Professional Practice in Forensic Science - unit leader
Profile of Teaching UG
- Case studies in forensic science - unit leader
- Forensic science - unit contributor
- Advanced Forensic Science - unit leader
15 Jan 2021 more
University of the West of England. 'Novel psychoactive substances in prison: An assessment of second-hand exposure risk using a combination of analytical strategies'
09 Dec 2020 more
University of South Wales. 'Air monitoring for psychoactive substances in a UK prison. '
07 Jun 2018 more
Kings College London. 'Hair analysis in clinical and forensic toxicology'
- Cancer Sensing: Metabolomics and data driven predictive modelling for non-invasive early detection of skin cancer (AboutFace, 02 Jan 2020). Awarded
- Novel Psychoactive Substances in Prison: An Assessment of Prevalence and Prison Staff Exposure Risk. (Prison Officers Association, 02 Oct 2019). Awarded
- Printable graphene sensing systems for drug and alcohol detection (SureScreen Diagnostics LtD, 01 Sep 2018). Awarded
- Detection of Ethyl Glucuronide in fingernail samples: Application to abstinence monitoring. (Royal Society of Chemistry Research Grant, 07 Dec 2017). Awarded
- Determination of NPS in surface water across South Wales (SYNLAB, 15 Nov 2017). Awarded
- Influence of BMI on EtG and FAEE levels in head hair. (Bournemouth University, 22 Feb 2017). Awarded
- TD-GC-TOF: A new approach for the analysis of drugs of abuse in hair (Business-led research collaboration investment, USW, 08 Jan 2016). Awarded
- Evaluation of new extraction techniques to enhance laboratory performance (Strategic Insight Programme, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, 10 Apr 2013). Awarded
- Alcohol markers in hair: New detection techniques and evidence interpretation (University of Glamorgan, 10 Jan 2010). Awarded
- New developments in analytical toxicology for the investigation of drug facilitated assault (TrichoTech Ltd, 05 Sep 2004). Awarded
- Scientific Reports, Editor
- Government Expert Advisory Panel on Psychoactive Substances, Member
- Accreditation lead, Chartered Society of Forensic Science
- Head of group, Forensic Science Research Group
- Programme Leader, BSc Forensic Biology
- Member, Faculty Research Degrees Committee
- Member. Responsible for Premises, Facilities and Equipment., Human Tissue Authority working group
- Faculty Lead, Christchurch House redevelopment project
- Subject lead: General, Applied and Forensic Sciences, TEF
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- 'The secret information hidden in our hair'. Cafe Scientifique
- Bioanalytical hair analysis: Case reviews and research. Presented at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society
- 'Stress, drugs and rock and roll' Festival of Learning
- 'Hair of the Dog' Pint of Science - international science festival
- Society of Hair Testing, Influence of alcohol containing and alcohol free cosmetics on FAEE concentrations in hair. A performance evaluation of ethyl palmitate as sole marker, versus the sum of four FAEEs, 12 Jun 2017, Cardiff
- Oil company training programme consultant, Consultancy. Sirte Oil Company
- Chemical analysis, Consultancy. Clariant
- Forensic science workshops, Consultancy. Welsh Government
- PhD in Analytical Toxicology (University of Glamorgan, 2007)
- Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, Member,
- Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Fellow, Fellow,
- LTG (London Toxicology Group), Member,
- Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow,
- Royal Society of Chemistry (C.Chem), Chartered Chemist, Fellow,
- Society of Hair Testing, Member,