1998 - PhD Environmental Chemistry, University of Lancaster
1993 - MSc Analytical Chemistry, University of Salford
1992 - BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Sussex
Dr Thomas has over 16 years of research experience in analytical and environmental chemistry. His PhD thesis combined analytical chemistry and toxicology, focusing on the transfer of organic pollutants from air to grass to cows and the distribution of the pollutants between the cows’ internal tissues and to milk. After completing his PhD he worked as a research associate and research fellow for 12 years, researching food chain transfer, human exposure, and air-surface exchange of organic pollutants, and developing robust and simple analytical techniques for their analysis, with a particular focus on the relative importance of the sources of a range of chemicals to different species, including humans, the efficiency of their absorption through the body’s membranes, and the toxicology of these chemicals at very low environmental doses. Dr Thomas has expertise in a range of analytical techniques, particularly gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry, as well as toxicological techniques in which cell cultures are exposed to pollutant chemicals to assess the toxicological effects caused. He has presented his research at large international conferences (Dioxin, ACS World Congress, and BFR), and has been a session chair at the SETAC World Congress and Dioxin conferences. He has worked at overseas research institutes, collaborating with and supervising researchers from many countries, including several in Asia. Dr Thomas was also a long-term editorial board member of Environment International, The Scientific World Journal, and the Journal of Applied Sciences in Environmental Sanitation, and has reviewed manuscripts for a number of other international journals. He has published more than 60 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 21 peer-reviewed extended abstracts in conference proceedings, and an entry in the Encyclopedia of Ecology (Elsevier). Dr Thomas joined Edanz Group as an editor in 2012.