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


Measuring proteins in H2O with 2D-IR spectroscopy
Hume Samantha, Hithell Gordon, Greetham Gregory M, Donaldson Paul M, Towrie Michael, Parker Anthony W, Hunt Neil T, Baker Matthew
Chemical Science (2019)
Analysis of bodily fluids using vibrational spectroscopy : a direct comparison of Raman scattering and infrared absorption techniques for the case of glucose in blood serum
Parachalil Drishya Rajan, Bruno Clément, Bonnier Franck, Blasco Hélène, Chourpa Igor, Baker Matthew J, McIntyre Jennifer, Byrne Hugh J
Analyst Vol 144, pp. 3334-3346 (2019)
Enabling quantification of protein concentration in human serum biopsies using attenuated total reflectance – Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy
Spalding Katie, Bonnier Franck, Bruno Clément, Blasco Hélène, Board Ruth, Benz-de Bretagne Isabelle, Byrne Hugh J, Butler Holly J, Chourpa Igor, Radhakrishnan Pretheepan, Baker Matthew J
Vibrational Spectroscopy Vol 99, pp. 50-58 (2018)
Optimised spectral pre-processing for discrimination of biofluids via ATR-FTIR spectroscopy
Butler Holly J, Smith Benjamin R, Fritzsch Robby, Radhakrishnan Pretheepan, Palmer David S, Baker Matthew J
Analyst (2018)
Health economic evaluation of a serum based blood test for brain tumour diagnosis : exploration of two clinical scenarios
Gray Ewan, Butler Holly J, Board Ruth, Brennan Paul M, Chalmers Anthony J, Dawson Timothy, Goodden John, Hamilton Willie , Hegarty Mark G, James Allan, Jenkinson Michael D, Kernick David, Lekka Elvira , Livermore Laurent J, Mills Samantha J, O'Neill Kevin, Palmer David S, Vaqas Babar, Baker Matthew J
BMJ Open Vol 8 (2018)
Biofluid spectroscopic disease diagnostics : a review on the processes and spectral impact of drying
Cameron James M, Butler Holly J, Palmer David S, Baker Matthew J
Journal of Biophotonics Vol 11 (2018)

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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 




Endofotonics (ZICOM) postdoc
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator) Baker, Matthew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-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
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Confield, Lily Rose
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator) Confield, Lily Rose (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
EDF Innovation Challenge
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2017
A novel blood test for the early diagnosis of cancer and for pro-active health screening (High Growth Spin Out Phase 2)
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2019
Fast-tracking Health Innovation for NHS Scotland (MRC Confidence in Concept 2017) / R170262-101
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Hunt, Neil (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2019

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Technology Innovation Centre

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