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Natalie Belsey

Natalie Belsey

Principal scientist

Natalie Belsey is a Principal Scientist in the Surface Technology Group at NPL, and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Surrey. At NPL, Natalie leads the Optical Spectroscopy area in the Surface Technology Group. Her research involves developing new approaches to measure chemistry in complex samples such as formulated products and biological tissues. She utilises several spectroscopic techniques including confocal and transmission Raman spectroscopy, and non-linear optical imaging techniques including stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and second harmonic generation microscopies. Natalie works closely with her academic collaborators at the Universities of Bath and Surrey to develop new approaches to measure drug delivery through the skin. In addition, she provides commercial services to companies to characterise and better understand their formulations, including pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products.

Natalie graduated with MChem in 2005 from Lincoln College, Oxford, where she remained for her DPhil in protein film electrochemistry under the supervision of Prof Fraser Armstrong. In 2009, she joined the University of Bath for a postdoc with Prof Richard Guy, initially investigating the percutaneous absorption of pesticide residues and subsequently imaging transdermal drug delivery with SRS, CARS and two photon fluorescence microscopies in collaboration with the University of Exeter. Natalie joined NPL in 2013, spending her first few years working on nanoparticle surface chemical characterisation before returning to her work on optical spectroscopy for chemical and biological imaging.  

Natalie joined NPL in 2013, she is a Chartered Chemist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and committee member of the RSC Molecular Spectroscopy Group. In addition, she is a Fellow of the Community for Analytical Measurement Science (CAMS) and Co-Chair of the ‘Point of use sensors and photonics’ research theme.

A full list of Natalie’s publications can be found here.

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