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Welcome to the website of the North West Region of the Analytical Division (NWAD) of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Our main remit is to promote analytical science across the region by arranging activities for school children, students, practising and retired chemists. We also aim to enhance contact between our ~1,200 members who are spread throughout the region from the Scottish Border to Mid-Wales.

The current region was established fifty years ago when, in 1966, the former North of England Section of the Society of Analytical Chemistry was split into two sections. More information about the history of our region can be found in the following publication:

A Lifetime of Analysis

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Updated 20 June 2017


Around 70 members and their guests enjoyed an informative and entertaining lecture by Tony Bristow entitled: "Made to be measured: the revolutions in analytical science for the real time analysis of the human body". Tony described several examples of such measurements including using mass spectrometry during operations to help surgeons differentiate healthy and cancerous tissue, and the analysis of breath samples to indicate the onset of conditions such as asthma, diabetes and ovarian cancer. He was ably assisted by Adam McCudden who demonstrated how Raman spectroscopy is being used for the detection of couterfeit medicines, and by James Barber who described the benefits of miniaturised non-invasive glucose-in-blood monitors for controlling diabetes. Following the lecture the speakers and audience congregated for a hot buffet meal during which there was plenty of lively conversation.

NWAD is most grateful to Tony and his colleagues for their excellent presentations, to Waters and Shimadzu for providing sponsorship, and to Manchester Metropolitan University for hosting the event.

NWAD is re-branding our Streamwatch activity as H2OWatch to reflect the excellent outreach work undertaken by staff and students at Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy (MMU) in developing our Streamwatch kits and promoting their use amongst schools in our region and abroad. MMU has also used the kits to raise public awareness on the value of chemistry at the Manchester Science Festival, and trained staff at the Catalyst Science and Discovery Centre (Widnes) enabling them to incorporate Streamwatch in their workshops and science clubs for visiting schools and community groups.

Christmas Lecture and Buffet
Manchester Metropolit
an University
Wednesday 30 November 2016
click here to find out how H2OWatch was recently introduced to school children in South Africa
2017 AGM


click here for information on Tony Bristow, an abstract
of the lecture and some photos of the event
The NWAD 2017 AGM will again be held as an on-line meeting via our website. Further information including how to make nominations for committee members will appear here soon.