Molecular level characterisation of dissolved organic matter for improved water treatment

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Sch of Chemistry


This project aims at studying molecular composition of DOM in Scottish freshwater sources, their detection, effect on water treatment processes, and their removal. It is collaboration between three schools in our College and Scottish Water. This research falls directly into the EPSRC "Living with Environmental Change (LWEC)" theme and covers the following Research Priority Areas: (i) analytical science, (ii) chemical structure and (iii) water engineering (designated growing area).


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509644/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1799838 Studentship EP/N509644/1 01/10/2016 31/03/2020 Alan Smith
Description Used high resolution mass spectrometry to assess whether a novel method of water purification was better than those currently used.

NMR techniques for the analysis of complex organic mixtures present within the water body pre and post treatment.
Exploitation Route Can inform water treatment plant design.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology