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Nitin Seetohul

Nitin Seetohul

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Chemistry and Forensic Science


Dr Seetohul is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer. He is Module Leader of 'Drugs of Abuse' and 'Advanced Chemical Analysis' and Year Tutor (Second year Forensic).

Dr Seetohul teaches on the following modules:

  • Advanced Chemical Analysis
  • Drug Detection Analysis and Screening
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Drugs of Addiction and Abuse
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Project and Dissertations

He is the Royal Society of Chemistry contact for Nottingham Trent University and is jointly responsible for the Chemistry and Forensic Science Colloquium series at NTU.

Career overview

Dr Seetohul started his career after graduating with BSc Chemistry in 2000. Following graduation he worked at Mauritius Chemical and Fertilizer Industries Ltd until he undertook an MSc in Analytical Chemistry and then pursuing a PhD investigating Novel Applications of Optical Analytical Techniques at Teesside University. He was awarded his PhD in 2009. During his time at Teesside University Dr Seetohul worked as a Project Officer on EU funded projects managing analytical chemistry support to qualifying SMEs in North East England.

In 2009 he was appointed as a Research Associate at the University of Teesside. In 2010 he became a Lecturer in Forensic Toxicology / Forensic Toxicologist at the University of Dundee. As part of his remit as a Forensic Toxicologist he had primary responsibility for the management of the toxicology laboratory, including technical staff that provided analysis of various post-mortem samples for the Central, Tayside and Fife regions of Scotland under contract from the Scottish Crown Office for unexplained death cases. During his time he researched post-mortem stability of drugs, post-mortem drug redistribution and novel psychoactive substances. Dr Seetohul was appointed as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University in July 2013.

Research areas

Research interests include:

  • Characterisation and stability of Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) (AKA Legal Highs). Legal Highs are they legal?
  • Application of liquid phase broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy (BBCEAS) to analytical, biological and bio analytical samples.
  • Post-mortem redistribution.
  • Application of novel optical analytical techniques to forensic.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD in the School of Science and Technology exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.


Four fatalities involving 5-IT. Seetohul LN, Pounder DJ, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 2013, 37 (7) 447-451

Stability of 3,4-methylenedioxymethampetamine (MDMA), 4-methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone) and 3-trifluromethylphenylpiperazine (3-TFMPP) in Formalin Solution.  Maskell PD, Seetohul LN, Livingstone AC, Cockburn AK, Preece J, Pounder DJ, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 2013) 37 (7): 440-446

Discrimination of Sri Lankan black teas using fluorescence spectroscopy and linear discriminant analysis. Seetohul LN, Scott SM, O'Hare WT, Ali Z, Islam M, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 2013 Jul, 93 (9), 2308-14

Biomarkers for illicit heroin: A previously unrecognized origin of papaverine, Seetohul LN, Maskell PD, De Paoli G, Pounder DJ, Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 2013 Mar, 37 (2), 133

Deaths associated with new designer drug 5-IT. Seetohul LN, Maskell PD, De Paoli G, Pounder DJ, British Medical Journal 2012, DOI:345:e5625

Phenazepam: The drug that came in from the cold ( Review ) Maskell PD, De Paoli G, Seetohul LN, Pounder DJ, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2012, 19 (3), 122-125

Liquid-phase broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy (BBCEAS) studies in a 20 cm cell. Seetohul LN, Ali Z and Islam M, Analyst, 2009, 134, 1887 - 1895

Broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy as a detector for HPLC. Seetohul LN, Ali Z and Islam M, Analytical Chemistry, 2009, 81 (10), 4106–4112

See all of L. Nitin Seetohul's publications...

Press expertise

  • Advanced chemical analysis
  • Drug detection analysis and screening
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Drugs of addiction and abuse
  • Forensic toxicology