Dr Christine Davidson


Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Christine Davidson's research is in the area of environmental analytical chemistry, especially the development of new analytical methods to assess risk to human health and the environment from priority pollutants either directly or through the food chain. Recent studies have focused on chemical speciation analysis of potentially toxic elements (e.g. As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sn, Zn); the study of urban soils and inhalable airborne particles, contaminated land, sediments and waters; and on development of simple colorimetric methods for carrying out analysis in the field. She also works on persistent organic pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.


Christine Davidson recevied her BSc (Hons, 1st class) from the University of Glasgow in 1983 and then moved to the Department of Physics and Astronomy to carry out a PhD in laser ionisation spectroscopy. She had two postdoctoral appointments, the first at the State University of Utrecht, Netherlands, where she worked on accelerator mass spectrometry, and the second at the Scottish Universities Research and Reactor Centre, studying natural analogues for nuclear waste repositories. Christine was appointed to the staff at the University of Strathclyde in 1989 and promoted to senior lecturer in 1999.


Kinetic and isotherm studies on the adsorption–desorption of technical-grade endosulfan in loamy soils under Theobroma cacao L cultivation, Southwestern Nigeria
Vaikosen Edebi N, Davidson Christine M, Olu-Owolabi Bamidele I, Gibson Lorraine T, Agunbiade Foluso O, Kashimawo Adesegun J, Adebowale Kayode O
Environmental Science: Advances (2022)
Potentially toxic elements in urban soils from public-access areas in the rapidly growing megacity of Lagos, Nigeria
Famuyiwa Abimbola O, Davidson Christine M, Ande Sesugh, Oyeyiola Aderonke O
Toxics Vol 10 (2022)
Effects of artificial sweat formulation and extraction temperature on estimation of the dermal bioaccessibility of potentially toxic elements in a contaminated soil from an e-waste recycling site
Anselm Oluwaseun H, Davidson Christine M, Oyeyiola Aderonke O, Oluseyi Temilola O
Geosciences Vol 12 (2022)
Atomic spectrometry update – a review of advances in environmental analysis
Bacon Jeffrey R, Butler Owen T, Cairns Warren R L, Cavoura Olga, Cook Jennifer M, Davidson Christine M, Mertz-Kraus Regina
Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry Vol 37, pp. 9-49 (2022)
Architectural heritage and climate change : performance prediction of exposed natural building stone to rainfall through a combination of laboratory leaching tests and X-ray computed tomography
Giovelli Noemi, Gonzalez-Longo Cristina, Davidson Christine
International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2021 (2021)
Mobility, spatial variation and human health risk assessment of mercury in soil from an informal e-waste recycling site, Lagos, Nigeria
Anselm Oluwaseun H, Cavoura Olga, Davidson Christine M, Oluseyi Temilola O, Oyeyiola Aderonke O, Togias Konstantinos
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Vol 193 (2021)

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Professional activities

Could Contaminated Land Provide Sustainable Feedstocks for liquid biofuels?
Could contaminated land provide the solution for bioenergy’s sustainability problem?
An assessment of the viability of organic waste amendments and Phalaris arundinacea for the phytostabilisation of historic metal mine sites
19th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium
9th Scottish Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry
7th Scottish Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry

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Efficient utilization of biochar for water remediation and soil amendment - towards a circular economy
Zhang, Xiaolei (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2025
Biochar Water Remediation Research Project
Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator) Zhang, Xiaolei (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
Liggat, John (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator) Markl, Daniel (Co-investigator)
30-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
National Project for BGE Pupils: Global Challenges of Clean Water
Willison, Debra (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2020
National Project for BGE Pupils: Analysis of Soil in Scottish Schools
Willison, Debra (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator)
21-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
KTP - Inex
Liggat, John (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator) Hernandez, Jose Luis (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2019

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