School of Science and the Environment,
Faculty of Science and Engineering,
John Dalton Building,
Manchester Metropolitan University,
Manchester. M1 5GD.
- Dr Sutcliffe's research interests include the synthesis, characterisation and development of new lab/field methods for the detection and quantification of illicit drugs and new psychoactive/psychotropic substances (NPS, formally known as "legal highs").
- Dr Sutcliffe works with a number of national and international groups investigating the biological, pharmaceutical and forensic properties of these materials. In addition his work also includes the application of simple chemical techniques in the source identification of these materials and the development of screening methods which can aid in the prevention of trafficking/supply of materials which pose a threat to human health.
- Oliver Sutcliffe graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Sciences (1996) and subsequently obtained a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry working on “New Extended Dipolar Systems” under Drs Richard Storr and Thomas Gilchrist from the same institution.
- In 1999, he joined Professor Martin Bryce’s group at the University of Durham as a postdoctoral fellow investigating the application of enantiopure ferrocene ligands in asymmetric synthesis, before moving to industry and working as a medicinal chemist on the design, development and optimisation of drug molecules for a broad-range of biological targets, including cancer.
- He moved to the University of Strathclyde in 2006, obtained an MSc in Pharmaceutical Analysis and after a period at the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) in Strasbourg was appointed as a lecturer in the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS).
- In January 2012, Dr Sutcliffe joined the staff at Manchester Metropolitan University as a Senior Lecturer in Psychopharmaceutical Chemistry.
- In recognition of his contribution to the field of New Psychoactive Substance (NPS) research, Dr Sutcliffe was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in August 2016.
- Dr Sutcliffe has also been awarded Chartered Chemist (CChem), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and European Chemist (EurChem) status.
- In addition to his academic position Dr Sutcliffe is the Co-Director of the Manchester Centre for the Study of Legal Highs.