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I began my career as a biochemist and did a PhD in physical biochemistry at the interface between biochemistry and chemical engineering (both at the University of Bath).  I then spent two years at the Chemical Centre in Lund, Sweden as a Royal Society Travelling Fellow, working in the field of molecular imprinting with Prof. Klaus Mosbach, one of the key innovators in the field.  Following that I returned to the UK and worked at the Institute of Biotechnology in Cambridge, working for 4 years with Prof. Chris Lowe on the development of mass producible chemical sensors based on optical holograms.  I was then appointed to a lectureship in chemistry at UEA in 1999 and have been here ever since, being promoted to Senior lecturer in 2006.

My research revolves around designing custom polymers and materials and applying them to address problems in chemical analysis and drug delivery.  I have also become increasingly focused on environmental analytical problems and in particular the detection of microplastics in a wide variety of samples.  Further details appear on my research pages.

I am passionate about science communication and in particular outreach and engagement work with schools.  I have run an annual heat of the RSC Schools’ Analyst Competition at UEA for the past 14 years and organised the national final of the event in 2007.  I have also done many polymers, materials, spectroscopy and forensic schools events (both at UEA and in schools) to a variety of different age groups from 5 to 18.  I am a partnership Governor at my local high school (Pakefield High School, Lowestoft) and also serve on the committee of the RSC Analytical Division East Anglia Region, which organises a variety of technical and social meetings for the analytical community.


Selected Publications

T Maes, R Jessop, N Wellner, K Haupt, AG Mayes.
A rapid-screening approach to detect and quantify microplastics based on fluorescent tagging with Nile Red.
Scientific Reports 7 (2017) 44501.

M Panagiotopoulou, Y Salinas, S Beyazit, S Kunath, L Duma, E Prost, AG Mayes, M Resmini, B Tse Sum Bui, K Haupt. 
Molecularly imprinted polymer coated quantum dots for multiplexed cell targeting and imaging
Angewandte Chemie 128 (29) (2016), 8384-8388.

JC Bear, N Hollingsworth, PD McNaughter, AG Mayes, MB Ward, T Nann, G Hogarth, IP Parkin.
Copper-Doped CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots: Controllable Photoactivated Copper(I) Cation Storage and Release Vectors for Catalysis.
Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 53(6) (2014) 1598-601.

Y. Fuchs , S. Kunath , O. Soppera , K. Haupt , and A.G. Mayes.
Molecularly Imprinted Silver-Halide Reflection Holograms for Label-Free Opto-Chemical Sensing.
Adv. Funct. Mater. 24 (2014) 688-694


  • BSc Biochemistry (Bath) 1987
  • PhD Biochemistry (Bath) 1992  
  • Royal Society Fellow (University of Lund, Sweden) 1992-1994
  • Research Associate (University of Cambridge) 1994-1999
  • Lecturer in Chemistry (university of East Anglia) 1999-2006
  • Senior Lecturing in Chemistry (university of East Anglia) 2006 - present

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