National Physical Laboratory

Elizabeth McGhee


Elizabeth McGhee

Elizabeth McGhee is a Research Scientist in the Gas and Particle Metrology Group in the Environment Division working primarily in the trace analysis of ions and particulates from a wide range of monitoring sites around the UK. Elizabeth specialises in the measurements of vapour-phase mercury from ambient air, mercury in aqueous matrices, the analysis of ions from filters and Stack emissions, and the determination of elemental and organic carbon collected on filters. Elizabeth's routine work and current research is to provide accurate and reliable measurements of specific air pollutants by well-defined techniques for the purpose of monitoring levels set by both UK and European legislation.


Elizabeth obtained her BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in 2005 and her MSc in Forensic Science from the University of Strathclyde in 2006. Prior to joining NPL in 2013, Elizabeth worked as a Forensic Scientist in the fields of toxicology and Drugs, examining, analysing and reporting on submitted exhibits and giving expert evidence in drugs cases in Court.

Elizabeth has experience with Ion Chromatography Systems, Atomic Fluorescence Spectroscopy, the Sunset Laboratory Thermal/optical Carbon Analyser, GC-MS, FT-I R, HPLC, and ELISA.

Elizabeth is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Selected publications

  • A Comparison Between a Semi-Continuous Analyzer and Filter-Based Method for Measuring Anion and Cation Concentrations in PM10 at an Urban Background Site in London
    Sonya Beccaceci, Elizabeth A. McGhee, Richard J. C. Brown and David C. Green
    Aerosol Science and Technology, 49, 793–801 (2015)
  • Ten years of mercury measurement at urban and industrial air quality monitoring stations in the UK
    Brown, R J C; Goddard, S L; Butterfield, D M; Brown, A S; Robins, C; Mustoe, C L; McGhee, E A
    Atmospheric Environment, 109, 1-8, (2015)

Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 6753

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2016
Created: 20 Jun 2016


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