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Nicole Pamme

About me

Nicole Pamme is a Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Stockholm Univeristy and a Visiting Professor at the University of Hull (UK). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Nicole is an Associate Editor for Analyst (RSC) and on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Analytica Chimica Acta (Elsevier) and Lab on a Chip (RSC). She is included in the Analytical Scientist 2021 Power List of the world's most influencial analytical scientists. She served on the Board of the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS), including as its President (2019-21). She was co-awarrded the Newton Country Prize for Kenya (2020) for her work on point-of-care diagnostics for maternal health.


Teaching activities have included lectures on microanalytical and forensic chemistry, spectroscopy, biosensors, electroanalysis and separation science. Nicole has co-authored a textbook for UG students on Bioanalytical Chemistry, now in its second edition. At Stockholm University, Nicole teaches on the Masters Programme in Analytical Chemistry


Our research revolves around the study of microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices, which allow precise handling of liquids at microscopic scales. Our group applies lab-on-a-chip technology for environmental analysis on-site, for clinical diagnostics at the point-of-care and the synthesis of smart materials (see for more details).


We have developed a range of innovative hands-on activities to engage school children and the general public in our research in lab-on-a-chip based chemistry and microfluidic chemical measurement (see here). Examples include: (i) design and fabrication of microfluidic devices demonstrated through chocolate moulding or milling with a pantograph, (ii) design of paper microfluidic devices with wax crayons, (iii) ping-pong ball models with velcro to illustrate molecular binding and cell capture, (iv) generating concentration gradients with mixer chips and colourful fruit juices, (v) exploring drug testing mini-organ moulds made from jelly, (v) using the computer game Minecraft to let students build and explore lab-on-a-chip. We regularly take part in Science Festivals and can run STEM clubs for school children and college students on-campus and in local schools. Please contact us to find out more.


Nicole obtained a Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Marburg (Germany) in 1999. For her PhD studies she went to Imperial College London (UK) where she joined the group of Prof. Andreas Manz. It was here that she first started working with microfluidic devices, more specifically, on single particle analysis inside microfluidic channels. In 2004, she moved to Tsukuba (Japan) as an independent research fellow in the International Centre for Young Scientists (ICYS) based at the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science. She was appointed as a lecturer in Hull in December 2005 and moved up to Professor by 2014. In 2021, she moved to Stockholm.


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