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We are continuously looking for new members that can assist us with our vision of providing invaluable research opportunities to academics in the Developing World and at the same time providing recycling solutions that can help save our planet. Membership is open to anyone who shares our ideas and who can offer some time or assistance with the various projects we are running.

Anybody with skills in the analytical instrument service industry who is willing to donate some time and expertise in that field would be most welcome, the instruments donated are not cutting edge and do therefore require some service work and testing prior to shipping. Fundraising is very important we are continuously looking for new avenues of funding – if you know of any good sources then please get in touch or better still why not join and assist!

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Introducing the RORO Team

Almas Khan

Almas is  an  Environmental  Scientist  academically, having completed a year in Egypt assisting the environmental law makers with some air, land and water studies  in  conjunction  with  the  University of  Cairo.  Following  the  completion  of  this project  Almas returned  to  the  UK  and  was  offered  a  job  at  Micromass (later  to  become  Waters).  Almas worked at Waters for more than 10 years and has a wide scope of knowledge/experience with Time of Flight and Quadrupole MS technologies and with LC and GC separations. "RORO is a great charity to be involved with. Giving the less opportune scientists  in  the  developing  world  the  tools  to  progress  their  research and allowing companies to advance their sustainability  policies  is  a  winning  formula 
for everyone".

Almas now works for Bruker Daltonics as the service manager for Middle East, Africa and Asia, he is based in Dubai but remains a key member of the RORO board of trustees.

Giles Edwards MChem MRSC

Giles is a founding member of RORO.  He is an inquisitive analytical chemist, engineer and musician who has embarked on a career centred around a passion for characterising the material world using mass spectrometry.  After completing a master’s degree in chemistry Giles worked at Liverpool John Moores University running a whole variety of analytical techniques including thermal analysis, nuclear magnetic resonance and the mass spectrometry service.  Having worked in the past as an IT service engineer for the NHS Giles’ ability to trouble shoot various systems progressed from computers to more sophisticated scientific analytical instrumentation.  Involvement with teaching mass spectrometry really started here including experience writing mass spectrometry for the Analytical Chemistry Open Learning (ACOL) courses run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Following on from becoming more involved and exposed to the engineering side of the instrumentation Giles joined the Waters Corporation supporting their mass spectrometry field service engineers globally.  As a technical support specialist the job involved lots of travel around the world attending escalated sites resolving various mass spectrometer faults as well as assisting with LC/MS-MS application support.

In 2009 Giles co-founded the Recycling Organisation for Research Opportunities (RORO) which is a registered charity that specialises in the donation of mass spectrometry systems including installation and training for academics in developing nations.  Top down capacity building through technology transfer and the provision of research opportunities is the main mission objective.  Giles has worked on key projects in Pakistan, Uganda, South Sudan, Ghana, Oman, Kenya, Mongolia, Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon and Nepal.

More recently Giles moved back to academia and worked as director of the multidisciplinary scientific research centre at the University of Nizwa in Oman.  He has now  finished his PhD at the University of Manchester advancing bioanalytical laser ionisation mass spectrometry for imaging applications.

Diane Turner MSc FRSC

Diane Turner is the Founder and Director of Anthias Consulting Ltd. A Warwick University Graduate, Diane started her career as an Analytical Chemist, later on gaining significant experience as an Applications Chemist. Diane has developed methods for, given support and high quality training for companies in most industries around the world for the past 17 years. Diane's area of research is disease diagnosis at The Open University through her PhD studies. Diane is an elected member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division Council.

Diane joined RORO in 2015 and her technical skills and application experience is a huge asset to RORO.  Diane lead the refurbishment and comissioning of a GC-FOD system that was shipped and installed at the National University of Mongolia.

Dr Fyaz Ismail

Fyaz began his career in 1983 as a part time lecturer and demonstrator whilst completing a pre-doctoral appointment for British Petroleum. Concurrently whilst lecturing, Fyaz then went on to complete a part -time PhD in "Inhibition of lipid autoxidation in amphipathic systems". In 1989 he took up a Monsanto research fellowship at Reading University with Dr. Neal Stuart Isaacs at the High pressure research Unit. In 1991 Fyaz was appointed as a senior lecturer in Spectroscopy and Medicinal and Organic Chemistry at Hatfield polytechnic which became the University of Hertfordshire shortly thereafter. After a decade Fyaz moved to LJMU where he became a Subject leader in medicinal chemistry.

Mike Low

Mike  runs a WEEE recycling  facility  called  Re-cyclers  Organisation  Ltd, Recyclers  Organisation will recycle anything with a plug, specialising in IT equipment providing data erasure  for  their  clients  as  well    as  re-use and recycling back to raw material, Mike continues to enforce the zero landfill policy  and  reports  directly  to 
the  Environment Agency.

Sukhdev Singh

Sukhdev’s academic & industrial background is in the  Pharmaceutical  Industry  having worked for GlaxoSmithKline, 3M and  AstraZeneca.  Sukhdev Currently  work  for the Waters  Corporation through  which  I  met  Giles and  he  introduced  me  to  RORO. 
I  remember  fondly  the  1st  project  I helped with, this involved hiring a Van  & driving to Sheffield Hallam University to collect a VG 7070E sector instrument from Professor Malcolm Clench’s laboratory.  This instrument was later shipped to the University of Nizwa in Oman.  Now that RORO is a registered charity I would like to see the organisation grow so that we take on bigger & bolder challenges in providing access to scientific equipment to the developing world.

Sukhdev now works in the Waters Corporation Beverly mass spectrometry demo lab in the USA as a Senior MS Specialist.

Key members of the RORO team - a huge thank you to Mark our driver  :-)

Mark AKA 'No Nonsense' is our driver, we could not operate without him.  Mark completes all deliveries and collections with the upmost of care and has been involved in moving nearly all of the analytical instrumentation we have been donated.  If you need a mass spectrometry system moved for a special price give Mark a call on 07912 350566, he is based in Liverpool and has a large van he can also hire and drive HGV if necessary (for those remaining ZAB users).