Contact Dr Celia Lourenco

Areas of expertise

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biosensors & Diagnostics
  • Environment and Health


Dr Célia Lourenço obtained her PhD in 2017 in Analytical Chemistry at The Open University (UK). She was awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship (FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN) through which she obtained training and developed a broad range of skills in different areas of research. Her PhD project involved mass  spectrometry-based metabolomics  in  health  monitoring, through the use of the analysis of volatile organic compounds allowing the screening and monitoring of different diseases and conditions, non-invasively and painlessly.

Her previous work experience in mass spectrometry was acquired throughtout her research work at Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Portugal) and at Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA Marcoule (France). She developed thermochemical gas-phase mass spectrometry studies with radioactive elements and transition metal oxides 4d and 5d. 

Before graduating in 2010 from the Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (Portugal) with a MSc in Chemical Engineering, she joined Hovione FarmaCiencia SA in Portugal for a 6 months placement as a trainee in R&D Analytical Chemistry Department, where she has gathered competences in mass spectrometry and chromatography.

Current activities

Celia joined Cranfield in 2017 and studied the effects of the introduction of new composite materials in the aircraft structure and cabin. Analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) potentially generated during flight due to thermal degradation of composite materials, and potentially hazardous for human health.

She is currently involved in delivering an EPSRC research project entitled "Point of care diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease using laser spectroscopy".

Celia is involved in teaching activities and supervision of MSc students. 

Research activities carried out through the use of highly sensitive analytical techniques such as Mass spectrometry coupled to Gas Chromatography (GC-MS), Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) or Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) for the analysis of Volatile Organic compounds (VOCs) present in different sample matrices. Research interests include the study of chemical processes involving metabolites (Metabolomics); Biomarker discovery; Gas phase ion chemistry; Environment and Health; Chemical Exposure. 


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