Environmental Pollution

This theme focuses on understanding the distribution and fate, concentration and behaviour of pollutants, as well as understanding and mitigating the hazards and risks posed by pollutants to human health and wildlife.

Understanding environmental pollution is essential for human and ecosystem. Both short and long-term non-biological pollutants will be the focus of this pathway including greenhouse gases causing climate change and pharmaceuticals in the aquatic and terrestrial environments.

The DTP contains world renowned experts in: particulate air pollution, aerosol chemistry and cloud formation, greenhouse gases, acid rain, surface and ground water pollution, marine pollution, soil pollution, contaminated sites and waste disposal, heavy metal and toxicity and transport, pesticides and pharmaceutical contamination, endocrine disruptors and mixtures toxicology.

Exemplar Projects:

1st Supervisor Inst.: Project Title: 2nd Supervisor: Inst.:
Green, David KCL Measurements of vehicle emissions in London Smith, Steven RHUL
Routledge, Edwin BRUNEL The ‘Trojan Horse’ – transfer of chemicals to animals from sediments by microplastics Spencer, Kate QMUL
Dubbin, Bill NHM Solubility of toxic element-bearing jarosite nanoparticles in soil and sediment Hudson-Edwards, Karen BBK
Chaudhary, Abdul BRUNEL Metal recovery from secondary and low-grade primary sources using green solvents
Kanda, Rakesh BRUNEL Drugs of abuse – A study of the environmental fate and treatment of illicit drugs Barron, Leon KCL
Scrimshaw, Mark BRUNEL Evaluating the performance of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems using Enfield as a Case Study Spencer, Kate UCL

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