Dr Gillian Clayton

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  • Qualifications:BSc (Hons), PhD
  • Position:Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Department:HAS - Applied Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 86831

About me

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Water Sciences in the Centre for Research in Biosciences, in the School of Applied Science, within the College of Health, Science and Society. My research interests include international sustainable development looking at the development or repurposing of technologies that can be used in water, healthcare and agri-food sectors.

My PhD developed point-of-use water treatment technologies for the production of drinking water. For this I focussed on the biological and chemical (trihalomethanes) quality of treated water, as well as comparing how different disinfectants manage the formation of biofilms on ultrafiltration membrane surfaces.

Since completing my PhD in 2019, I have worked on several research projects in the water, healthcare and agri-food fields.  I am currently working on international sustainable development projects with partners in India and Madagascar that focus on small-scale electrochemical treatment technologies. These projects aim to produce high quality drinking water, sterile solutions for wound irrigation and/or bio-compatible antimicrobials (hypochlorous acid) for use in resource constrained healthcare facilities or to wash fresh produce.

Area of expertise

I am an applied environmental scientist with expertise in fresh and drinking water quality, as well as antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activity. Throughout my research I have used many quantitative analytical techniques including: antimicrobial assays (e.g. BS EN 1276, BS EN 13697), dynamic biofilm models (e.g. CDC reactors) and the characterisation and quantification of organic (TIC/TOC analysis), metallic (ICP-OES) and chemical compounds (IC and SPME-GCMS) including disinfection by-products. I have also developed methods for quantification of airborne microplastics present on air quality monitoring filters for analysis using Raman Spectroscopy.


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