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 currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Water Sciences in the Centre for Research in Biosciences, in the Department of Applied Sciences. My research interests include international sustainable development, and developing/implementing fit-for-purpose technologies that can be used in the context of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), and agri-food . 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 finishing my PhD, I have worked on several research projects including developing a method for the quantification and characterisation of airborne microplastics, and developing a microbial biofilm model for decontamination of medical endoscopes using non-thermal plasma. I am currently working on international sustainable development projects in the water, agri-food and health sectors, focussing on small-scale electrochemical treatment technologies to treat fresh waters.

Area of expertise

I am an applied environmental scientist with expertise in fresh and drinking water quality including; antimicrobial assays, developing dynamic biofilm models and quantification of 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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