Environmental monitoring

Work that has been conductewd in this area includes the detection and quantification of estrogenic compounds in agricultural, sewage and river samples and source apportionment of PAHs arising from particulate traffic emissions. Other research foci include the application of multi-dimensional stable-isotopic approaches to determine the extent of bioremediation in contaminated land and groundwater sites (sites contaminated with solvents such as chlorinated ethylenes and pesticides such as hexachlorocyclohexanes) and the determination and application of new methodologies for quantifying pesticides in soils. The facility continues to adopt and develop new methodologies in response to current societal needs such as characterising pollutants in dissolved organic matter and assessing pollution from microplastics in environmental samples.

Further reading

Harrison, R., Bull, I.D. and Michaelides, K. 2013. A method for the simultaneous extraction of seven pesticides from soil and sediment. Analytical Methods 5, 2053-2058.

Lawrence, S., Sokhi, R., Ravindra, K., Mao, H., Prain, H.D. and Bull, I.D. 2013. Source apportionment of traffic emissions of particulate matter using tunnel measurements. Atmospheric Environment 77, 548-557.

Rujiralai, T., Bull, I.D., Llewellyn, N. and Evershed, P. 2011. In situ polar organic chemical integrative sampling (POCIS) of steroidal estrogens in sewage treatment works discharge and river water.Journal of Environmental Monitoring 13, 1427-1434.

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