Paul Williams
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    Research Interests

    Paul N. Williams is a Lecturer in Soil & Environmental Biogeochemistry. Paul obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Aberdeen in 2007. Previous to working at Queen’s he has held Research Fellowships with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lancaster University and a Lectureship with the University of Nottingham. 

    Paul, an analytical and environmental chemist, has research interests orientated around the role of soils and rhizospheres in global food security. Specific interests and projects focus on the influence of soil dynamic processes and chemical speciation on trace element (both toxic and essential) uptake by plants, visualising rhizosphere micro-heterogeneity through high resolution measurements using DGT and DET techniques, and bettering in situ monitoring of the environment.

    Techniques and methods that Paul uses include multi-element chromatography (IC-ICP-MS), laser-based analytical measurement (LA-ICP-MS), passive sampling (DGT, DET), optical sensors (colour ratiometric planar optodes), in-situ UV/vis spectrometry and XRF analysis.

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Open to PhD applications in the field of biogeochemistry and global food security.

    Frequent Journals

    • Environmental Science and Technology

      ISSNs: 0013-936X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1520-5851

      American Chemical Society

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 7.38 SJR 2.514 SNIP 1.959


    • The Science of the total environment

      ISSNs: 0048-9697

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1879-1026


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 5.92 SJR 1.536 SNIP 1.809


    • Environmental Pollution

      ISSNs: 0269-7491

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1873-6424

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 5.98 SJR 1.673 SNIP 1.578


    • Environment International

      ISSNs: 0160-4120

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 8.58 SJR 2.693 SNIP 2.505


    • Water Research

      ISSNs: 0043-1354

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 8.55 SJR 2.721 SNIP 2.426


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