University of Lincoln, UK
Professor Colston is an analytical chemist with a PhD in chemistry and over 20 years post-doctoral research experience at UK academic institutions. Post-doctoral research at the university of Manchester was in collaboration with the Atomic Energy Authority (AEA Harwell) and Nirex (UK), developing strategies for radioactive waste disposal. During the same period, she was engaged in consultancy/contract research within the University as a project manager for CAPCIS MARCH, establishing commercial-in-confidence research within the British Nuclear Industry, gaining national and international recognition as a radio-/nuclear chemist, and chairing the UK Radiochemistry Group (RSC) for a number of years. In 1997, Professor Colston was invited to spend a sabbatical year as Visiting Professor of Nuclear Chemistry at Florida State University, USA. Following the appointment in 1993 as Lecturer in Chemistry (initially within the Department of Chemistry, and subsequently the School of Pharmacy) at De Montfort University, Professor Colston rapidly established a research and consultancy group in heritage science, initially applying nuclear analytical techniques, and subsequently a broad range of analytical methodologies, to aspects of conservation and interpretation within the field of cultural heritage. This research continued in Lincoln, after being appointed as Senior Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry in 2003 and Reader in Analytical Chemistry and Heritage Science in 2007. Professor Colston was awarded a Chair in 2010, and is currently Director of the Historic and Ancient Materials Research Group.
Analytical chemistry and Cultural heritage