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Dr Baljit Ghatora

Senior Lecturer

About

I obtained my PhD in 2011 where I worked on ophthalmic materials and analytical techniques applied in the analysis of materials. My research gained first prize in the Annual Materials, Minerals and Mining conference, and was also displayed at the SET for Britain road show hosted at the Houses of Parliament. This research was also published in collaboration with instrumentation laboratories. I have strong industrial links that help feed into research informed teaching and help collaborate with research grant applications.

I have established, led and maintained active research programmes in the interdisciplinary field of medical devices and the application of analytical science to Forensics/criminology. Some of the research grants include Royal Society of Chemistry researcher mobility and early career research grants, and a £130,000 Innovate UK grant. I am equally passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and have led and developed on university wide initiatives for outreach programmes.  I am a STEM NET ambassador and have been awarded a Royal Society Partnership grant to contribute towards the development of chemistry programmes at local secondary schools.

I have gained experience in applying and providing supporting documents for accreditation of degrees, setting up and managing the departments personal tutor system and was awarded the Student Led Personal Tutor of The Year award in 2016.

Areas of specialism

  • Biomaterials
  • Ophthalmic materials
  • Polymer degradation
  • Surface Modification
  • In vitro and biocompatability studies
  • Trace analysis of Forensic evidence
  • Analytical science
  • Sterilisation techniques
  • Analysis of evidence from crime scenes
  • Criminology

Qualifications

  • PhD Analytical Chemistry & Materials Science
  • BSc Pharmaceutical Science

Professional membership

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (Prof GradIMMM) 
  • Society Of Biomaterials (Member)Regional representative 
  • Institute of Learning (member) 
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellowship)
  • Subject Expert Grant Assessment Panel Royal Society of Chemistry – Researcher Mobility Grants
  • Editor for Journal of Forensic Research and Analysis 
  • Editor for Renewable and Sustainable Energy: An International Journal
  • Language Editor for Open Chemistry Publisher
  • Reviewer for Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B - Applied Biomaterials,
  • Reviewer for Journal of Materials Science, International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Research

I have built a strong interest in analytical techniques used in materials and Forensic research. I have supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate students within this interdisciplinary research area, including applying analytical techniques to blood pattern analysis, plasticisers in polymers, aging and degradation studies, sterilisation studies and biomaterial applications.  I was awarded a knowledge transfer partnership grant (£130,000) to collaborate with a world leading intraocular lens manufacturer to investigate the development of new ophthalmic materials.  This area of research has gained interest with international university collaborations and subsequent grants are currently being prepared with Erasmus partners. 

More recently I have been awarded an RSC award to supervise analytical based research with undergraduate students in collaboration with a contact lens manufacturer.  Equally I have gained funding from the Royal Society Partnership grant to promote the application of "chemistry" in Forensic science.     

Publications

Number of items: 22.

Article

Ghatora, Baljit K., Foot, Peter J.S., Barton, Stephen J., Thatti, Ravtej S., Papagni, Antonio and Vaghi, Luca (2017) Surface perfluoroalkyl chains segregation : a tool for reducing calcium deposits in medical grade poly(methyl methacrylate). Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology, 8, pp. 176-187. ISSN (print) 2158-7027

Goddard, Sharon.L., Brown, Richard.J.C. and Ghatora, Baljit (2016) Determination of beryllium concentrations in UK ambient air. Atmospheric Environment, 147, pp. 320-329. ISSN (print) 1352-2310

Lacey, Joseph, Ghatora, Baljit, Foot, Peter, Barton, Stephen and De Cock, Romain (2016) Intraocular lens calcification after DSEK : a mechanism and preventive technique. Cornea, 35(9), e28-e30. ISSN (print) 0277-3740

ElShaer, Amr, Mustafa, Shelan, Kasar, Mohamad, Thapa, Sapana, Ghatora, Baljit and Alany, Raid G. (2016) Nanoparticle-laden contact lens for controlled ocular delivery of prednisolone : formulation optimization using statistical experimental design. Pharmaceutics, 8(2), E14. ISSN (online) 1999-4923

Page, Nigel, Taylor-Steeds, Emma, Carey, Louise, Siaw, Evelyn, Gurnett, Kelly, Ait Belkacem, Lydia and Ghatora, Baljit (2016) Understanding student motivations and career aspirations so that we can effectively support our graduates. New Directions in the Teaching of Physics, 11(1), ISSN (online) 2051-3615

ElShaer, Amr, Ghatora, Baljit, Mustafa, Shelan and Alany, Raid G (2014) Contact lenses as drug reservoirs & delivery systems: the successes & challenges. Therapeutic Delivery, 5(10), pp. 1085-1100. ISSN (print) 2041-5990

Ghatora, Baljit K., Barton, Stephen J., Foot, Peter J. S. and Miller Tate, Philip (2014) The effect of direct gas fluorination on medical grade poly(methyl methacrylate). Open Journal of Organic Polymer Materials, 4(4), pp. 74-83. ISSN (print) 2164-5736

Barton, Stephen J., Foot, Peter J. S., Miller Tate, Philip C., Kishi, Mariko and Ghatora, Baljit (2013) The effects of gamma irradiation on medical grade poly(methyl methacrylate). Polymers and Polymer Composites, 21(1), pp. 1-8. ISSN (print) 0967-3911

Foot, P.J.S., Ghatora, Baljit, Barton, Steve and Sabagh, Bassem (2011) Investigating polymer degradation with triple detection GPC/SEC. Separation Science, 3(6), pp. 2-7.

Foot, Peter J.S., Ghatora, Baljit, Barton, Steve and Sabbagh, Bassem (2011) The effects of gamma sterilisation of PMMA for implanted intra-ocular lenses. Medical Plastics News, pp. 32-34.

Conference or Workshop Item

Ghatora, Baljit, Christie, Gillian and Cannon, James (2017) Can we use interdisciplinary outreach programmes to uncover the myths about chemistry? In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections, Innovating and Sharing Pedagogy 2017; 29-30 Jun 2017, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ghatora, Baljit, Renshaw, Layla, Doran, David and Burrell, Lisa (2016) Collaborative learning across the forensic science and paramedic science degrees. In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy; 30 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Leicester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Page, Nigel, Steeds, Emma, Carey, Louise, Siaw, Evelyn, Gurnett, Kelly, Ait Belkacem, Lydia and Ghatora, Baljit (2016) Understanding student motivations and career aspirations so that we can effectively support our graduates. In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference 2016: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy; 30 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Leicester, U.K..

Page, Nigel, Ait Belkacem, Lydia, Gurnett, Kelly, Siaw, Evelyn, Carey, Louise, Ghatora, Baljit, Forster-Wilkins, Gary and Steeds, Emma (2016) Understanding student motivators, aspirations and employability engagement and their effects on the student journey to final employment destinations. In: Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network Conference 2016: Metrics that matter: future directions for qualitative and quantitative institutional research; 7-8 Sep 2016, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Breidi, Salah Eddine, Barker, James, Barton, Steve and Ghatora, Baljit (2014) Chemical tyre rubbers analysis with analytical techniques for the discrimination of car's tyre samples and the subsequent matching to their skid marks. In: World Forensic Festival 2014; 12 - 18 Oct 2014, Seoul, Korea.

Breidi, Salah, Barker, James, Barton, Stephen and Ghatora, Baljit (2014) Discrimination of car tyre rubber samples using ICP-MS, ATR-IR and pyrolysis GC-MS and the subsequent matching to skid marks. In: World Forensic Festival 2014; 12 - 18 Oct 2014, Seoul, Korea.

Breidi, S., Barker, J., Ghatora, B. and Barton, S. (2013) Tyre rubber analysis from car skid marks using multiple analytical techniques. In: 9th National FORREST Conference 2013; 25– 26 June 2013, Cambridge, UK. (Unpublished)

Ghatora, Baljit [Speaker] (2012) Post-operative complications of poly (methyl methacrylate) employed in intraocular lenses. In: Recent appointees in Materials Science; 05 - 07 Sep 2012, Glasgow, U.K..

Ghatora, Baljit, Foot, Peter, Barton, Stephen and Kishi, Mariko (2008) Investigation into the causes of post-operative calcification in intraocular lenses. In: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Annual Conference 2008; 13-15 May 2008, Grantham, U.K..

Ghatora, Baljit, Foot, Peter, Barton, Stephen and Kishi, Mariko (2007) Investigation into the causes of post-operative calcification in intraocular lenses. In: 35th European Federation of the Contact Lens and IOL Industries Conference; 11-13 Oct 2007, Malaga, Spain. (Unpublished)

Monograph

Ghatora, Baljit (2010) Effects of gamma-ray sterilization on high molecular weight PMMA for biomedical applications. (Documentation) Malvern, U.K. : Malvern Instruments Ltd. 4 p. (Viscotek application note, no. MRK143)

Thesis

Ghatora, Baljit (2010) Investigation into the calcification and aging of intraocular lenses. (PhD thesis), Kingston University.

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