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Professor Meez Islam

Professor (Research)

Meez Islam

About Meez Islam

Meez Islam is a Professor in Physical Chemistry in the School of Science and Engineering. Before coming to Teesside he obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford and his PhD in chemistry from the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Professor Ian Smith FRS.  Following this, he undertook two postdoctoral research fellowships, firstly working in the research group of Professor Richard Wayne at the University of Oxford followed by another spell back in the research group of Professor Ian Smith.

Meez's research interests lie in the development and application of novel optical spectroscopy techniques.  At Teesside he has utilised his expertise in interdisciplinary projects in areas ranging from liquid phase analytical spectroscopy, to forensic science, archaeology and catalysis.

He has developed collaborations with internationally renowned spectroscopy groups including Professor Gus Hancock and Professor Grant Ritchie at the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford and Professor Clemens Kaminski at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge. His research in forensic science is partly in collaboration with the Home Office, Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST).

Meez has been an expert reviewer for EU national grants and numerous peer reviewed journals, including Analytical Chemistry, Analyst and Sensors and Actuators B. He has received funding from the EU as the coordinator of the EU FP7 project CE-microArray, Innovate UK through an SBRI call for Forensic Science and the Technology Strategy Board (UK) through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme for research work with Johnson Matthey Plc. He is the holder of 2 patents related to cavity enhanced spectroscopy. Two spin-out companies (Anasyst and Chemicam) have so far arisen from his research work.

Research interests and activities

1.  The development and application of liquid phase broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy (BBCEAS)

At Teesside we have performed some of the pioneering experiments in this field, including the first demonstration of LED based BBCEAS in liquids, the first application of CEAS as a detector for HPLC and the most sensitive liquid phase absorption measurement to date. We are striving to improve the robustness and sensitivity of the technique and also increase its applicability to analytical and bio-analytical measurement.

2.  The application of hyperspectral imaging for the non-destructive detection and age estimation of blood stains

At Teesside we have developed a novel means of using hyperspectral imaging to detect blood stains in the presence of other similarly coloured objects in a non-contact and non-destructive manner. In addition we are able to estimate the age of the blood stain. We are currently working with forensic end users to produce a robust commercial instrument which could be used at the crime scene or the laboratory. This technique also has the potential to be applied for the detection of other bodily fluids and also other substances of forensic interest.

3. The investigation of the chemical composition of fingerprints

In collaboration with the Home Office, Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) we are investigating the change in the chemical composition of fingerprints as a function of time using a variety of analytical techniques with a view to estimating the age of a fingerprint. Furthermore we are studying the effectiveness of fingerprint enhancement processes on certain substrates.

Meez would welcome enquires from prospective PhD students in areas related to the development and application of optical spectroscopy. He has so far successfully supervised eight PhD students to completion, six as Director of Studies and two as 2nd or 3rd supervisor.  He is currently involved in the supervision of ten PhD students, six as the Director of Studies and four as 2nd or 3rd supervisor. 

Meez is Director of Studies on several doctoral projects being offered in the Technology Futures Institute and would like to encourage applications from prospective students.  Please submit an application online, or for further information, contact Meez directly.

Enterprise interest and activities

Meez would welcome enquires from companies which require expertise related to making measurements using optical spectroscopy.

He has previously worked with Johnson Matthey through a CIP and then a KTP project funded by the TSB and is currently working with Lucite International on collaborative research.

Meez is currently Chief Technical Officer for Anasyst a start-up company that arose from collaborative work with colleague Professor Zulfiqur Ali. Anasyst is focussed on commercialising Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy for liquid based sensing, optical ammonia sensing and microfluidics based point-of-care diagnostics.


Selected publications since 2008 

Broadband Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy as a Detector for HPLC, L. Nitin Seetohul, Zulf Ali and Meez Islam, Analytical Chemistry, 81(10), 4106-4112 (2009)

The estimation of the age of a blood stain using reflectance spectroscopy with a microspectrophotometer, spectral pre-processing and linear discriminant analysis, Bo Li, Peter Beveridge, William. T. O'Hare, Meez Islam, Forensic Science International, 212, 198-204

Trace species detection in the near infrared using Fourier transform broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy: initial studies on potential breath analytes, W. Denzer, G. Hancock, M. Islam, C. E. Langley, R. Peverall, G. A. D. Ritchie and D. Taylor, Analyst, 136 (4), pp. 801 - 806 (2011)

High sensitivity liquid phase measurements using broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy (BBCEAS) featuring a low cost webcam based prism spectrometer, Zhechao Qu, Julia Engstrom, Donald Wong, Meez Islam and Clemens Kaminski, Analyst  138 (21), 6372 – 6379 (2013)

View Meez Islam's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • Evidence and case studies
    Statewatch (Web), Unattributed, 02/10/2017
    The Government Office for Science would like to thank the authors who contributed evidence chapters,case studies and their time, Dr Meez Islam,Teesside University BIOSENSORS IN FORENSICS contributed

  • New developments in blood evidence detection
    Inside Time, 01/05/2016
    Dr Meez Islam and together with former Director,Dr Lima O'Hare University are working on the applications of hyperspectral imaging.

  • Cocaine users sweat over fingerprint analysis
    RSC, 19/05/2015
    Spectroscopist Meez Islam, from Teesside University, UK, concludes that ‘the next generation of [cheaper and more portable] mass spectrometry instruments could be used for the detection of drugs.

  • Parliament tells Teesside University to stand up and be counted for ground-breaking research
    Vigilance Security Magazine (Web), 29/09/2014
    Ground-breaking research at Teesside University which has been described as the 'holy grail' of crime detection has been praised in Parliament.

  • New blood crime detector
    TFM radio, 24/09/2014
    Technology developed at Teesside University which can detect blood at a crime scene could soon by used by police nationwide.

  • Teesside University pioneer early diagnosis of sepsis
    LabMate (online), 02/04/12
    Academics at Teeside University are leading research with potential to dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to diagnose patients at risk of developing sepsis, one of the most common causes

  • Research into faster diagnosis of sepsis
    Nursing Standard, 19/03/2104
    Research into faster diagnosis of sepsis is being conducted at Teesside University.

  • Teesside University Pioneering Life-saving Research
    Pharma Focus Asia - Online, 12/03/14; Asian Hospital & Healthcare Management, 12/03/14
    Life-saving research to provide early detection of an illness which kills millions of people each year is being pioneered by academics at Teesside University. The £1.3 million CE-microArray project, w

  • University team's bid to curb killer
    The Northern Echo, 07/03/2014, TFM, 06/03/2014, Ad Hoc news online, 06/03/2014
    Academics at Teesside University is pioneering research to provide early detection of an illness which kills millions of people each year.

  • Teesside University academic comments on research
    BBC Tees, 02/01/2014
    Dr Meez Islam comments on research at Teesside University which it is hoped could cut the number of people who die from sepsis. New clinical trials are taking place across Europe.

  • Scientists make 'revolutionary' forensic science breakthrough
    Northern Echo (Web), 29/10/2013, Northern Echo (North Edition), 30/10/2013
    North-East scientists have made a breakthrough which is expected to revolutionise forensic science. Researchers at Teesside University have developed a way of detecting minute blood stains which would

  • The blood detectives
    The Independent On Sunday, 27/10/2013, p.11, The Independent, 27/10/2013, (web)
    A prototype built by researchers at Teesside University has demonstrated extraordinary levels of laboratory accuracy.

  • The blood detectives scientific breakthrough in reading stains may help solve crimes
    Big News Network (Web), 27/10/2013, Argentina Star (Web), 27/10/2013, Cambodian Times, (Web), 27/10/2013,, (Web), 27/10/2013
    Long considered the "holy grail" by forensic experts, a new hyperspectral imaging device that can scan for the visible spectrum of haemoglobin could dramatically speed up police inquires, lead to more

  • Blood-spotting camera to revolutionize CSI
    The Gulf Today (Web), 27/10/2013, Times of India (Web) , 27/10/2013, UK Nigeria Online (Web), 27/10/2013
    Month-old blood samples can be dated to within a day, while fresh traces have been pinpointed to within an hour of their being taken.

  • Blood-spotting cam to revolutionize CSI
    Times of India (Mumbai), 28/10/2013, p.15, Forensic Magazine, 28/10/2013, (web)
    Long considered the holy grail by forensic experts, the new hyperspectral imaging device that can scan for the visible spectrum of haemoglobin could dramatically speed up police inquires, lead to more