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Vikki Carolan

Dr Vikki Carolan BSc, PhD, SFHEA

Principal Lecturer and Undergraduate Delivery Manager


Vikki was appointed as a lecturer in analytical science at Sheffield Hallam University in 1995, after completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry (with Analytical Chemistry) followed by a PhD at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).

She teaches analytical science, including separation science and surface analysis, to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. As Undergraduate Academic Delivery Lead, Vikki oversees the Bioscience and Chemistry Undergraduate programme of courses. Her research interests are in the application of separation science, surface analysis and mass spectrometric techniques to real-world problems.

  • About

    Vikki studied Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry at UMIST (now part of University of Manchester) and followed the BSc with a PhD in Chemistry (surface analysis) also at UMIST. After completing postdoctoral research at the Universities of Nottingham and Bradford, applying analytical science to problems in pharmaceutical science and archaeology, she joined Sheffield Hallam in 1995 as a lecturer in analytical science. She has taught chemistry to non-chemists, introductory analytical science, separation science and surface analysis to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    Vikki is also the Undergraduate Academic Delivery Lead for the Department of Biosciences and Chemistry, overseeing the programme of courses and working with course leaders to ensure an excellent student experience. Previous roles have included academic placement tutor for the department as well as course leader of various Chemistry courses. Development of employability skills is vital to success as a graduate and Vikki is heavily involved in motivating and enabling students to improve and evidence their employability.

    Research interests remain in the application of analytical techniques to real-life problems, for example collaborating with scientists at the HSL in the development of methodologies to monitor occupational exposure to arsenic, chromium, silicon and their species.

    She has been a committee member for the Royal Society of Chemistry Sheffield and District local section since 1997. This involves the organisation of local RSC events and activities to promote chemistry to the wider community, allowing networking of professionals in the chemical sciences community.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Surface Analysis
    Separation Science

  • Teaching

    Vikki teaches analytical science, with a particular interest in separation science and surface analysis. She is keen to promote the real-world application of analytical techniques to students and includes examples from many aspects of science, including her own research, illustrating to students the capabilities of these techniques. These topics are taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    As well as analytical science, Vikki leads a final year undergraduate module which helps students develop and evidence their communication and employability skills. Careers and employability advisors, as well as information specialists, contribute to the module to ensure students have the necessary knowledge and skills to make productive choices about their future careers as science graduates.


    BSc(Hons)/MChem Chemistry

    Biosciences and Chemistry undergraduate programme

    MSc Analytical Chemistry

  • Research

    Vikki's current research is in the development and application of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques. She is part of the Bioanalytical Science group within the Biomolecular Sciences Research centre, collborating with Prof Malcolm Clench and Dr Philip Gardiner. She has worked closely with scientists at the Health & Safety Laboratory developing methods based on LC-ICP-MS to monitor occupational exposure to arsenic, chromium, silica and their species. This has also involved the development of novel sampling methodologies.

    Dr Jackie Morton, Health and Safety Laboratory

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    Vikki is a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is also a committee member for the Royal Society of Chemistry Sheffield and District local section.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    PT PhD 2010-2017
    Analytical Methods To Investigate Occupational Exposure To Toxic Metals And Their Species

    1997-2001 Development and Application of Capillary Electrochromatography using Modular Instrumentation.
    1998-2002 Characterisation of the Cross-linking and Calcification Associated with Glutaraldehyde-Treated Cardiac Bioprostheses.
    Also second supervisor to 12 successful PhD students 1997-2015.

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