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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

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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