Public Lecture Series 2012: Keep it Clean - Pollution(s) and Solution(s)

Thursday 22 March 2012
7pm - 9pm
Event type Public Lecture
Location Newton Room, Hamilton Centre
Booking Required? No
Could the highly sophisticated technological developments of our modern society threaten our quality of life and environment in the long term?

Chair: Geoff Rodgers

Speakers: Andreas Kortenkamp, Hua Zhao, Wamadeva Balachandran

Modern society is characterised by highly sophisticated technological developments, yet to what extent do these advances constitute man-made threats to our quality of life? Andreas Kortenkamp will discuss how he is addressing the challenge of understanding and preventing long-term health impacts caused by combinations of chemicals in our ‘safe’ drinking water. Focusing on the pollution caused by car engine exhausts, Hua Zhao will investigate the extent to which our new ‘green’ technologies really improve our environment. Finally, Wamadeva Balachandran will expose the dangers to human health stemming from the shipping transport industry, and explore the options for developing more sustainable transport systems.


Andreas Kortenkamp

Andreas KortenkampAndreas Kortenkamp is professor for human toxicology at the Institute for the Environment, Brunel University. His research interests are in exploring environmental pollutants and their effects on diseases. He is particularly interested in dealing with the effects of multi-component mixtures of chemicals that can disrupt hormone action.

Professor Kortenkamp has served on the US National Research Council Panel on cumulative risk assessment for phthalates, and is currently a member of the US Consumer Health Advisory Panel on the assessment of phthalates. He has produced the State of the Art Report on Mixture Toxicology for the European Commission, DG Environment. Recently, he has been called on to the World Health Organisation panel for updating the Global Assessment of Endocrine Disrupters.

He earned his PhD from Bremen University, Germany, and in 2001 started his academic career at the School of Pharmacy, University of London. In July 2011 he joined Brunel University, London.

Hua Zhao

Prof Hua ZhaoProfessor Hua Zhao is currently the Head of Mechanical Engineering Department at Brunel University. He is the Chairman of UnICEG, a collaborative grouping of UK universities and industries on combustion engines research and development. As the Director of Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels research at Brunel, Professor Zhao leads a team of 20 academic staff and researchers on the fundamental studies and applied research of cleaner and more efficient combustion engines and their fuels.

He has authored and edited five books on IC engines and produced over 200 publications at international journals and conferences. He has collaborated widely with automotive industry and provided consulting services to a number of vehicle, engine, and oil companies in Europe and China.

Professor Zhao obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds. He worked as a research fellow at Cambridge University and Imperial College London before joined Brunel University in 1994. In 2009, he was awarded the higher doctoral degree of DSc for his outstanding contribution to combustion engines research.

Wamadeva Balachandran

Prof�Wamadeva�BalachandranProfessor Balachandran is Professor of Electronic Systems and Director of the Centre for Electronic Systems Research in the School of Engineering & Design. His research interest is directed towards both fundamental and applied research in interdisciplinary electronic systems. He has an impressive research record, with many publications, conference presentations and grants to his name.

He has published over 300 papers and filed 15 patent applications. He was a recipient of Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Award in 2004.

Professor Balachandran was a Visiting Scholar at University of Georgia in 1993 & 1996, and in University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. He is a Visiting Professor at University of Mansoura, in Egypt and University of Technology Dongguan, in China.

Professor Balachandran is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Institute of Engineering & Technology, Institute of Physics, Institute of Measurement & Control and Royal Society of Arts.

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