Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research

Staff Profile

Dr Martin Jones

Analytical Facilities Manager



Analytical environmental and organic geochemistry. BSc Pure and Applied Chemistry with Environmental Science, MSc Organic Geochemistry, PhD on biodegradation of geochemical markers in crude oil. Post doctoral research on heavy oils and on lipids in recent sediments. Contract research and consultancy for oil companies and oil and environmental service companies.

Roles and Responsibilities

Academic coordinator of Geosciences chemical and biological technical group. Deputy degree progamme director for Environmental Consultancy and Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry MSc courses.

Module leader and teaching on Environmental Consultancy and  Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry MSc courses. Chemical laboratories safety officer.


BSc (University of Wales, Cardiff), MSc (Organic Geochemistry, Newcastle), PhD (Organic Geochemistry, Newcastle).

Previous Positions

Analytical facilities manager, Postgraduate Institute in Fossil Fuels and Environmental Geochemistry, University of Newcastle.
Post doctoral research associate, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.
Post doctoral research associate, Organic Geochemistry Unit, Department of Geology, University of Newcastle.


Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), Chartered chemist (C.Chem.). Member of the European Association of Organic Geochemists (EAOG).


Research Interests

Organic analytical geochemistry, petroleum geochemistry, hydrocarbon biodegradation and bioremediation, environmental biogeochemistry, analysis of trace organic pollutants in surface sediments and waters and analytical method development (especially chromatographic techniques).

Other Expertise

Analysis of naphthenic acids and acid metabolites from oil degradation.

Current Work

Crude oil biodegradation processes in surface and sub-surface environments.

Future Research

Increasing understanding of biodegradation processes for improving efficiency of hydrocarbon extraction, utilisation and bioremediation.

Research Roles

PI/CI on 4 projects

Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor/cosupervisor of 6 PhD students

Esteem Indicators

Regularly present papers at international conferences, referee grant proposals and papers in international journals.


£600k in industry and research council funding

Industrial Relevance

Much of my research is relevant to industry and this has been reflected by funding.


Co-patent holder on two patents on enhanced energy recovery from oil reservoirs.


Postgraduate Teaching

MSc Environmental Consultancy: Module leader CEG8634 (Environmental Analytical Geochemistry) and CEG8606 (Sources, Fates and Control of Pollutants), also teach on CEG8601 (Research Methods).

MSc Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry: Module leader CEG8632 (Sedimentary Organic Matter1), CEG8634 (Environmental Analytical Geochemistry) and CEG8626 (Petroleum in the Environment), also teach on CEG8601 (Research Methods), CEG8621 (Molecular Marker Compounds),
CEG8699 (MSc Dissertation Project) - usually supervise 5-9 projects.

MSc Renewable Energy, Enterprise and Management (REEM): SPG8025 (Energy from the Earth)