Dr Matthew Baker


Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Matt was appointed as a Reader in Dec 2017 following being appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Strathclyde in October 2014. He established and leads the Spectral Analytics Laboratory whose vision is to understand the composition and behaviour of molecules in complex matrices. A major aim of his group is to understand molecular changes that occur during disease progression and to instigate rapid objective biofluid diagnostics.

Matt was awarded an EPSRC Life Science Interface Fellowship directly from PhD undertaking research on “Spectrometric and Spectroscopic Molecular Pathology and Diagnosis” at the University of Manchester, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin and Harvard Medical School. He then moved back to the UK to work for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) part of the UK Ministry of Defence in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) domain as a Project Manager, Senior Scientist and Research Fellow before returning to academia in 2012 at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

 He was awarded the 2016 Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy, BioDundee Business Innovation “Pitch Perfect” Winner and Top 30 Converge Challenge, Scotland’s’ Leading Entrepreneurial Programme. In 2017 he was awrded the RSC Harrison-Meldola Prize and ClinSpec Dx was awarded Runner-Up Converge Challenge. Matt sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Analyst and Spectroscopy and is an Editor of Vibrational Spectroscopy. He is also a founding director of the International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy (ClirSpec) which is committed to the translation of promising spectroscopic technologies to tackle global health challenges and he is CSO of a ClinSpec Diagnostics Ltd (ClinSpec Dx).

 In 2015, he started the RSC twitter poster conference series focusing on analytical chemistry which is now in its 3rd year and has expanded to all areas of chemistry and managed 1,650 contributors, 6,473 tweets, an audience of 2,770,749 and 11,841,519 impressions in 2017



2017    Reader in Chemistry, University of Strathclyde

2014    Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Strathclyde

2012    Senior Lecturer in Toxicology and Analytical Chemistry, University of Central Lancashire

2010    Senior Scientist, Research Scholar and Project Manager, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Porton Down

2007    EPSRC Life Science Interface Fellowship with research periods at the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, University of Manchester, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin and Harvard Medical School, Boston



2011    PGCert in International Studies (inc. Dipomacy), Staffordshire University (Distance Learning)

2007    PhD, “The Application of Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry to Cellular Analysis”, Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester

2004    MChem 1st Class, Chemistry with Industrial Chemistry, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)



2017 Runner-Up Converge Challenge

2017 RSC Harrison-Meldola Prize

2016 Award of Excellence, Pitch Perfect Business Innovation Competition, BioDundee 2016

2016 Top 30 Converge Challenge

2016 Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy

2015 British Neuroncological Society Best Presentation Award

2004 Departmental Physical Chemistry Prize


Stratifying brain tumour histological sub-types : the application of ATR-FTIR serum spectroscopy in secondary care
Cameron James M, Rinaldi Christopher, Butler Holly J, Hegarty Mark G, Brennan Paul M, Jenkinson Michael D, Syed Khaja, Ashton Katherine M, Dawson Timothy P, Palmer David S, Baker Matthew J
Cancers Vol 12 (2020)
Rapid analysis of disease state in liquid human serum combining infrared spectroscopy and "digital drying"
Sala Alexandra, Spalding Katie E, Ashton Katharine M, Board Ruth, Butler Holly J, Dawson Timothy P, Harris Dean A, Hughes Caryn S, Jenkins Cerys A, Jenkinson Michael D, Palmer David S, Smith Benjamin R, Thornton Catherine A, Baker Matthew J
Journal of Biophotonics (2020)
Two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy : an emerging analytical tool?
Fritzsch Robby, Hume Samantha, Minnes Lucy, Baker Matthew J, Burley Glenn A, Hunt Neil T
Analyst Vol 145, pp. 2014-2024 (2020)
Salivary molecular spectroscopy : a sustainable, rapid and non-invasive monitoring tool for diabetes mellitus during insulin treatment
Caixeta Douglas C, Aguiar Emília M G, Cardoso-Sousa Léia, Coelho Líris M D, Oliveira Stephanie W, Espindola Foued S, Raniero Leandro, Crosara Karla T B, Baker Matthew J, Siqueira Walter L, Sabino-Silva Robinson
PLoS ONE Vol 15 (2020)
Shining a light on clinical spectroscopy : translation of diagnostic IR, 2D-IR and Raman spectroscopy towards the clinic
Butler Holly J, Cameron James M, Jenkins Cerys A, Hithell Gordon, Hume Samantha, Hunt Neil T, Baker Matthew J
Clinical Spectroscopy Vol 1 (2020)
2D-infrared spectroscopy of proteins in water : using the solvent thermal response as an internal standard
Hume Samantha, Greetham Gregory M, Donaldson Paul M, Towrie Michael, Parker Anthony W, Baker Matthew J, Hunt Neil T
Analytical Chemistry Vol 92, pp. 3463-3469 (2020)

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Research interests

Our research interests are focused upon understanding the composition and behaviour of molecules within complex matrices related to real-world detection challenges using spectroscopy and spectrometry 




2D-IR Spectroscopy for Serum Diagnostics (with York N Hunt)
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
Validating Serum Diagnostics for Early Diagnosis and Stratification of Glioma
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
Endofotonics (ZICOM) postdoc
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator) Baker, Matthew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 11-Jan-2019
PANSPEC: Developing Rapid Serum Spectroscopy for Early Diagnosis for Pancreatic Cancer (C Jenkins PDRA)
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018
EngD - Medical Devices - Developing electrochemical approaches to liquid biopsy
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Baker, Matthew (Co-investigator) Thomson, Fiona (Co-investigator) ATTOYE, Bukola (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2020
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Confield, Lily Rose
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator) Confield, Lily Rose (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
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