J. Alberto Morales, MSc, PhD

Analytical Chemist

Alberto Morales

Email: alberto.morales@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 -67 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5688
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Alberto gained a degree in Chemistry, specialising in Analytical Chemistry, from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1994. His PhD on "New Contributions to Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy: Gaseous Sample Introduction for Silicon Analysis and Semi-quantitative Multi-element Determination using Simultaneous Detectors" was awarded by the same university in 2000.

He worked as a Research Fellow at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), as Assistant Lecturer at the University of Zaragoza (Spain), as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) and as a Senior Analyst at TMS Environment (Dublin, Ireland).

He joined Forest Research in November 2005.

Current role

Analytical Chemist

Sample preparation, extractions and analysis of water, soil, foliar and other samples within the Chemical Analysis Laboratory. Analysis of major elements, nutrients and heavy metals by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES). Acid digestions using Microwave reaction system. Also using the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), C/N analyzer and Ion Chromatography.

Current programmes

Chemical analysis and foliar analysis services

Providing support to:

Research areas

  • Spectroscopic analytical chemistry
  • Environmental analysis

Main recent publications

Morales, J.A. and Walsh, J.E. (2005). Detection of atmospheric nitrogen dioxide using a miniaturised fibre-optic spectroscopy system and the ambient sunlight. Spectrochim. Acta A. 61, 2073-2079.

Morales, J.A., O’Sullivan, S.J. and Cassidy, J.F. (2005). Studies on conducting polymer based sensing membranes with tri-iodide organic salts for vapour detection. Sens. Actuators B. Chem. 105, 266-270.

Treacy, J., Morales, J.A. and Coffey, S. (2004). Urban ozone measurements using Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy.  J. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 379, 51-55.

Morales, J.A. and Cassidy, J.F. (2003). Model for the response of optical sensors and its application to an acidic gas sensor. Sen. Actuators B. Chem. 92, 345-350.

Morales, J.A., Walsh, J.E., Treacy, J. and Garland, W.E. (2003). Miniaturized differential optical absorption spectroscopy system for the analysis of NO2. Proc. of SPIE. Vol. 4876. 1229-1235.

Morales, J.A., van Veen, E.H. and de Loos-Vollebregt, M.T.C. (1998). Practical implementation of survey analysis in ICP-OES. Spectrochimica Acta Part B. 53, 683-697.

Lopez-Molinero, A., Morales, J.A, Villareal, A. and Castillo, J.R. (1997). Gaseous sample introduction for the determination of silicon by ICP-AES. Fresenius J. Anal. Chem. 358, 599-603.