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Development of materials for environmental monitoring and remediation

   Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education

  Dr Rosa Busquets  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

A healthy environment brings enormous benefits, however, our current lifestyle causes continuous release of a broad range of harmful contaminants: plasticisers, microplastics, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, hydrocarbons, heavy metals, nutrients and nanoparticles among them [1]. This PhD will address the preparation of new advantageous tools for monitoring emerging contaminants.

This research will involve the synthesis of new materials using green chemistry and nanotechnology approaches [2,3] and there will be the opportunity of gaining experience in state-of-the-art analytical techniques in materials and in analytical science. Going one step further, the materials developed will be assayed for environmental remediation. Thus, this research will make a double environmental impact by advancing current knowledge in analytical and environmental science.


[1] UN Environment Programme. Making peace with Nature 2021. ISBN: 978-92-807-3837-7.
[2] Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Wabaidur, Saikh Mohammad, Busquets, Rosa, Khan, Moonis Ali, Siddiqui, Masoom Raza and Azam, Mohammad (2019) Identification of malachite green in industrial wastewater using lignocellulose biomass composite bio-sorbent and UPLC-MS/MS : a green environmental approach. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 126, 160-166
[3] Whitby, R.L.D and Busquets, R. (2013) Nanomaterials and the environment: global impact of tiny materials. Nanomaterials and the Environment, 1, 1-2. ISSN (online) 2299-1204
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