Very polar and ionisable compounds are detected in our waters but continue to be unpredictable in behaviour, making sampling difficult. Better understanding of the physicochemical interactions between these compounds and the sorbents we use to sample and concentrate them is necessary for accurate sampling of emerging contaminants. Through a series of laboratory experiments we attempt to elucidate the underlying principles governing uptake before deploying in environmental waters to validate the concepts for practical use.

Joseph is undertaking a PhD to improve aquatic pollutant monitoring internationally; passive sampling techniques will be developed to assess ionised contaminant concentrations. He initially worked at QAEHS on a microplastics project to finalise his Masters in aquatic ecology and water quality management from Wageningen University & Research. He considers working to ensure safe water to be of paramount importance for humans and the wider environment; dedicating himself to working in this field.

Please note this is a PhD Candidate progress review presentation.


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