Dr Paul Sutton
Profiles

Dr Paul Sutton

Research Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Role

Since graduating with a 1st Class B.Sc. Hons in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth I completed a Ph.D. in 2000 entitled "The quantitative isolation of 'insoluble organic matter' (IOM) from sediments and bacteria and its attempted dissolution using the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride-aluminium (III) chloride" under the supervision of Professor Steve Rowland. I have completed two Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships. The first investigated the nutritional status of soils and grasses in the Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kenya, a collaboration between the University of Plymouth (John Maskall) and Imperial College, London (Professor Ian Thornton) on behalf of The People's Trust for Endangered Species. The second (NERC; 2000-2003), investigated the molecular characterisation of chromatographically 'unresolved complex mixtures, (UCMs) obtained from crude oils using preparative-gas chromatography, "Hydrocarbon 'humps' a forgotten petroleum fraction" under the supervision of Professor Rowland and Dr Anthony Lewis. Between 2000-2008 I was employed as a Scientific Officer in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences. In 2008 I was seconded to a two-year Joint Industry Project co-ordinated by Oil Plus Ltd., Newbury, U.K., on behalf of five oil companies: BG Group, BP, Chevron, Nalco and Total. The purpose of this project was to develop a method for the quantification of C80 tetraacids 'ARN' acids in crude oils. In 2011 my role changed to a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences. My current research interests include developing chromatographic separation techniques for organic geochemistry applications, especially isolation of high molecular weight organic compounds and the application of high temperature gas chromatography (HTGC) and HTGC coupled with mass spectrometry.

Qualifications

1st Class B.Sc. Hons Environmental Science (1995) University of Plymouth

Ph.D. Organic geochemistry (2000) University of Plymouth

Research groups

  • Biogeochemistry Research Centre (BGC)
  • Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Lengger SK, Sutton P, Rowland S, Hurley SJ, Pearson A, Naafs BDA, Dang X, Inglis GN & Pancost RD 2018 'Archaeal and bacterial glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraether (GDGT) lipids in environmental samples by high temperature-gas chromatography with flame ionisation and time-of-flight mass spectrometry detection' Organic Geochemistry 121, 10-21 , DOI PEARL
Rowland SJ, Sutton PA, Belt ST, Fitzsimmons-Thoss V & Scarlett AG 2018 'Further spectral and chromatographic studies of ambergris' Natural Product Research 1-7 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Boyle D, Sutton PA, Handy RD & Henry TB 2017 'Intravenous injection of unfunctionalized carbon-based nanomaterials confirms the minimal toxicity observed in aqueous and dietary exposures in juvenile rainbow trout ( Oncorhynchus mykiss )' Environmental Pollution , DOI PEARL
Rowland SJ & Sutton PA 2017 'Chromatographic and spectral studies of jetsam and archived ambergris' Natural Product Research , DOI PEARL
Robson WJ, Sutton PA, McCormack P, Chilcott NP & Rowland SJ 2017 'Class Type Separation of the Polar and Apolar Components of Petroleum' ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 89, (5) 2919-2927 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Sutton PA & Rowland SJ 2016 'Spectral and chromatographic characterisation of the onoceroid, ambrane: A potential novel biological marker' Organic Geochemistry 102, 106-109 , DOI PEARL
Liu X-L, Birgel D, Elling FJ, Sutton PA, Lipp JS, Zhu R, Zhang C, Konneke M, Peckmann J & Rowland SJ 2016 'From ether to acid: a plausible degradation pathway of glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers' Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta , DOI PEARL
Sheldon ND, Grimes ST, Hooker JJ, Collinson ME, Bugler MJ, Hren MT, Price GD & Sutton PA 2015 'Coupling of marine and continental oxygen isotope records during the Eocene-Oligocene transition' GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN 128, (3-4) 502-510 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Sutton PA & Rowland SJ 2014 'Determination of the Content of C-80 Tetraacids in Petroleum' ENERGY & FUELS 28, (9) 5657-5669 Author Site , DOI
Manners HR 2014 'A Multi-Proxy Study of the PETM at the Zumaia Section, northern Spain' Rendiconti online della Società Geologica Italiana 31, 147-148 , DOI
Manners HR, Grimes ST, Sutton PA, Domingo L, Leng MJ, Twitchett RJ, Hart MB, Jones TD, Pancost RD & Duller R 2014 'Reply to comment on “Magnitude and profile of organic carbon isotope records from the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum: Evidence from northern Spain” by Manners et al. [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 376 (2013) 220–230]' Earth and Planetary Science Letters 395, 294-295 , DOI
Manners HR, Grimes ST, Sutton PA, Domingo L, Leng MJ, Twitchett RJ, Hart MB, Dunkley Jones T, Pancost RD & Duller R 2013 'Magnitude and profile of organic carbon isotope records from the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum: Evidence from northern Spain' Earth and Planetary Science Letters 376, 220-230 , DOI
Henry TB, Wileman SJ, Boran H & Sutton P 2013 'Association of Hg2+ with aqueous (C60)n aggregates facilitates increased bioavailability of Hg2+ in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)' Environ Sci Technol 47, 9997-10004 Author Site , DOI
Manners HR, Grimes ST, Sutton PA, Domingo L, Leng MJ, Twitchett RJ, Hart MB, Dunkley Jones T, Pancost RD & Duller R 2013 'Magnitude and profile of organic carbon isotope records from the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum: Evidence from northern Spain' Earth and Planetary Science Letters 376, 220-230 , DOI
Sutton PA, Wilde MJ, Martin SJ, Cvacka J, Vrkoslav V & Rowland SJ 2013 'Studies of long chain lipids in insects by high temperature gas chromatography and high temperature gas chromatography-mass spectrometry' J Chromatogr A 1297, 236-240 Author Site , DOI
Sutton PA & Rowland SJ 2012 'High temperature gas chromatography–time-of-flight-mass spectrometry (HTGC–ToF-MS) for high-boiling compounds' Journal of Chromatography A 1243, 69-80 , DOI
Johnson RJ, Smith BE, Sutton PA, McGenity TJ, Rowland SJ & Whitby C 2011 'Microbial biodegradation of aromatic alkanoic naphthenic acids is affected by the degree of alkyl side chain branching' ISME JOURNAL 5, (3) 486-496 Author Site , DOI
Sutton PA, Smith BE & Rowland SJ 2010 'Mass spectrometry of polycyclic tetracarboxylic ('ARN') acids and tetramethyl esters' Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom 24, (21) 3195-3204 Author Site , DOI
Sutton PA, Smith BE, Waters D & Rowland SJ 2010 'Identification of a Novel Ester Obtained during Isolation of C-80 ("ARN") Tetraprotic Acids from an Oilfield Pipeline Deposit' ENERGY & FUELS 24, (10) 5579-5585 Author Site , DOI
Smith BE, Sutton PA, Lewis CA, Dunsmore B, Fowler G, Krane J, Lutnaes BF, Brandal O, Sjoblom J & Rowland SJ 2007 'Analysis of 'ARN' naphthenic acids by high temperature gas chromatoagraphy and high performance liquid chromatography' Journal of Separation Science 30, (3) 375-380
Sutton PA & Nesterenko PN 2007 'Retention characteristics of aromatic hydrocarbons on silica and aminopropyl-modified monolithic columns in normal-phase HPLC' Journal of Separation Science 30, (17) 2900-2909
Booth AM, Sutton PA, Lewis CA, Lewis AC, Scarlett A, Chau W, Widdows J & Rowland SJ 2007 'Unresolved complex mixtures of aromatic hydrocarbons: Thousands of overlooked persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic contaminants in mussels' Environmental Science & Technology 41, (2) 457-464
Booth AM, Sutton PA, Lewis CA, Lewis AC, Scarlett A, Chau W, Widdows J & Rowland SJ 2006 'Unresolved Complex Mixtures of Aromatic Hydrocarbons:  Thousands of Overlooked Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Contaminants in Mussels' Environmental Science & Technology 41, (2) 457-464 Author Site , DOI
Sutton PA, Lewis CA & Rowland SJ 2005 'Isolation of individual hydrocarbons from the unresolved complex hydrocarbon mixture of a biodegraded crude oil using preparative capillary gas chromatography' Organic Geochemistry 36, (6) 963-970
Sutton PA, Maskall J & Thornton I 2002 'Concentrations of major and trace elements in soil and grass at Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kenya' Applied Geochemistry 17, (8) 1003-1016
Sutton PA, Lewis CA & Rowland SJ 2000 'Attempted dissolution of 'insoluble organic matter' from Methanococcus jannaschii and Rostherne Mere (UK) sediment with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride/aluminium (III) chloride' Ancient Biomolecules 2, 195-207
Conference Papers
Smith EL, Sutton PA, Lewis AC, Galloway T & Rowland SJ 2004 'Analytical and toxicological methods for identification of unresolved complex mixtures ('humps') of hydrocarbons in the environment' A529-A529
Posters
Sutton PA, Lewis CA, Rowland SJ & Lewis A Sutton PA, Lewis CA, Rowland SJ & Lewis A 0 'GCxGC-ToF-MS Identification of Compounds in the Toxic Hydrocarbon Unresolved Complex Mixture (UCM) of Crude Oils' 0 0