Anneke Lubben Head of MC²
Anneke is a mass spectrometrist, with 20+ years' experience in this field. She also leads all aspects of strategy, development and operation of MC².
Anneke is Senior Mass Spectrometrist and Head of the Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC²). She is responsible for the operation and sustainability of the cutting-edge research infrastructure which our team of Technicians and Instrument Specialists manage for the benefit of users from across the University, and beyond. We provide the tools and the associated expertise to use the technology to best effect, hereby accelerating the research of our user base. MC² brings together key multi-user characterisation services spanning application areas from biology to mechanical engineering, from molecules to organisms, and including, but not limited to: electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, NMR, mass spectrometry, and X-ray diffraction.
Although her heart is in the lab, Anneke spends much of her time with stakeholder engagement, ensuring that MC² is on a sustainable financial footing, and building strong relationships with Industrial and Academic partners and collaborators.
Anneke’s career as an Instrument Specialist in Mass Spectrometry (MS) began following her PhD at Bruker Daltonics Ltd., where she was part of the European LC-MS Applications team, working with industrial and academic customers throughout Europe to optimise MS methods tailored to their specific requirements. In 2006 she moved back to academia at the University of Bath as the MS service manager in the Department of Chemistry. After 5 years of diversifying her user base beyond Chemistry, she took on the responsibility of establishing and developing a Faculty-wide multi-technique characterisation service, the Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility (CCAF). This novel approach of centralising Facilities into a Faculty-wide sustainable research facility was closely followed by several other UK Universities, many of which have adopted the model since. The success of CCAF, and the need to bring other University Facilities onto the same stable footing resulted in the formation of the Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC²) in August 2018. Experience in Facility Management through CCAF, and then MC², has also resulted in her recent appointment to two strategic EPSRC Infrastructure Committees (EPSRC SAT Capital Infrastructure and EPSRC NRF High Level Advisory Committee). Additionally she acts as expert advisor to two mass spectrometry hardware development companies. As well as her management and leadership roles, Anneke is still very much involved in research using MS, with the supervision of postgraduate students and co-authorship on several high profile publications in a range of disciplines, as exemplified by key publications in Genome Biology, Journal of Clinical Investigations, Sustainable Energy & Fuels, Journal of Chromatography A, Analytica Chimica Acta A, Water Research and Chemical Science.
Anneke’s background is in Marine and Environmental Chemistry. She graduated from the University of Southampton in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Science with French, which included a year studying for a Maîtrise in Océanology at the Université de Bordeaux. She stayed on at Southampton for a PhD in Environmental Engineering, jointly between the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, completing this in 2001. During these periods of study she used mass spectrometry as a tool to understand the environments and chemistries she was researching, and this was the point at which the seed was sown for a life-long interest in, and involvement with, the technique. During this time she also became very familiar with the technical aspects of MS, and its application in various research areas, and was keen to continue this learning in a more Industrial setting following her PhD.