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Michael Coffey

Mike Coffey

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Chemistry and Forensic Science


Dr Mike Coffey is a part-time Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry and environmentally themed optional modules.

Career overview

  • Self-employed technical author (wastewater treatment) (2006 - 2013)
  • Environmental consultant (IPPC permit drafting) (2005 - 2006)
  • Marine chemist and analyst (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) (1993 - 1996)

Research areas

Current areas of research interest:

  • Development of novel pedagogical resources in chemical sciences

Past areas of research interest:

  • Chemical analysis of ancient human skeletal remains
  • Fate and behaviour of illicit drugs in sewage
  • Fate and behaviour of pollutants in the aquatic environment (metals, nutrients, endocrine-disrupting chemicals)

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

External activity

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Sponsors and collaborators

Research has been conducted with the collaboration of:

  • Development of pedagogical resources (University of Bremen)
  • Analysis of illicit drugs in sewage (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Analysis of remains from Fin Cop Hill Fort (Archaeological Research Services).

Research projects have included:

  • University of Bremen. Classroom trial and implementation of designed educational resource. Erasmus visit exchange to observe implementation (2011-2015) ca.£1,000 (2014)
  • UK Higher Education Academy. Project: design of an educational resource "Green Chemistry: educational board game". Support: Development Fund Award (2010-2011) ca. £4, 500
  • RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth. Project: assessment of illicit drugs in sewage works. Support: access to restricted military sites for sample collection and assessment (2009-2012)
  • Nottingham City Council. Project: assessment of solid waste composition at recycling sites. Support: MRes project fieldwork participation in pilot waste composition analysis at civic amenity site (Nottingham) and commercial waste collection (Derby) (2003)
  • WRG Environmental (landfill). Project: assessment of landfill gas composition. Support: access to several landfill sites for collection of landfill gas samples (2000-2005)
  • Severn Trent Water. Various projects: including illicit drug assessment. Support: access to sampling locations and supporting data at various sewage treatment works for undergraduate and postgraduate students (1999-2012)
  • Derby-Sandiacre Canal Trust. Project: contaminated land assessment. Support: loan of digger & operator for fieldwork collection (1999-2005)
  • Environment Agency. Teaching support: access to laboratories for student visits (1996-2005)
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Project: determination of APE's in marine waters. Support: loan of HPLC-fluorescence detection system & access to boat-time for fieldwork. Financed participation in inter-lab testing scheme to validate methods (1996-2000)


  • Mass balance calculations of illicit drugs in Stoke Bardolph sewage treatment works, U.K. Al-Hikmah Journal of Pure and Applied Science, 2015, 1, 27-39
  • A novel teaching resource for introducing sustainability to chemistry higher education students. Coffey M and Rawlins D in (Eds) I Eilks, S Markic and B Ralle, Science Education Research and Education for Sustainable Development, 2015, 243-248
  • Green Chemistry: classroom implementation of an educational board-game illustrating environmental sustainability in chemical manufacturing. Coffey M in (Eds) Ken D Thomas and Helen E Muga Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development, 2014, IGI Global, 453-473
  • The determination of alkylphenols in aqueous samples from the Forth Estuary by SPE-HPLC-fluorescence. Smith E, Ridgway I and Coffey M, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2001, 3, 616-620
  • The behaviour of dissolved barium in estuaries. Coffey M, Dehairs F, Collette O, Luther G, Church T, Jickells T, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 1997, 45, 113-121

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