Clean water and sanitation
Our research is advancing our understanding and assessment of naturally-occurring (e.g., arsenic) and man-made (e.g., microplastics) sources of water pollution worldwide, and how these affect health of humans and freshwater ecosystems.
Our work is developing policy and technological solutions to address pollution and contamination challenges, through which we are helping to improve access to clean water supplies and effective sanitation services for millions globally.
Our current key areas of research include:
Research specialisms: Water quality modelling and management, urban drainage, flood risk assessment, sediment processes, catchment management.
Research specialisms: Water quality from catchment to tap, instrumentation, big data.
Bart van Dongen
Reader in Organic Chemistry
Research specialisms: Removal of organic pollutants from drinking/waste water, arsenic pollution in aquifer systems, mobilisation of permafrost derived organic matter through the great Russian Arctic river, dissolved organic matter from peatland.
Professor of Physical Chemistry
Research specialisms: Water purification, desalination, capacitive de-ionisation, membranes.
Research specialisms: ICP-MS speciation, LC-MS/MS pesticides analysis.
Research specialisms: Hydraulics, water supply, control, optimisation, dynamics.
Research specialisms: River ecology, biodiversity, macroinvertebrates, water quality, rivers, public engagement and knowledge transfer.
BNFL Research Chair
Research specialisms: Radionuclides, effluent treatment, industry links, impact case study.
Research specialisms: Metal pollution, wastewater, bioremediation, nutrient recycling, plant and microbial processes.
Professor of Environmental Geochemistry
Research specialisms: Water quality, exposure ,health, arsenic, food, hydrogeochemistry, biogeochemistry.
Research specialisms: Geochemistry, basin management, drinking water quality, carbon runoff from peatlands, disinfection by products.
Professor of Physical Geography
Research specialisms: Heavy metals, microplastics, sustainable urban drainage, green/blue infrastructure.
Professor of Contemporary Theatre
Research specialisms: Community and stakeholder engagement (arts based), flood resilience, river stewardship, community engagement, storytelling, sited performance.
Research specialisms: Low cost water filtration systems, improved slow sand filters for water and wastewater treatment, removal of microplastics in water and wastewater, water-rock interaction.
Research specialisms: Climate change, pollution/oil spills, flow, fish physiology, cardiorespiratory responses to changes in water conditions in fish, climatic effects on fish.
Professor of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation
Research specialisms: Physiology, pollution, abstraction, wildlife, population biology.
Roy Albert Wogelius
Professor of Geochemistry
Research specialisms: Radionuclides, heavy metals, plastics, diffusion, adsorption, contaminant mass transfer.