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My research has covered a range of topics, encompassing public perception of environmental management, risk in relation to exposure to chemicals and issues of sustainability related to recovery of phosphorus from wastewaters. However, the major focus has been, and remains, the fate and behaviour of chemicals. Research is predominantly laboratory based, and major topics include:

  • Emerging contaminants; the evaluation of their environmental impact and approaches for controlling their discharge to the environment.
  • The sources, fate and behaviour of organic micro pollutants in sediment and water.
  • The fate of contaminants in wastewater treatment processes.
  • Cost / benefits of increasing stringency of environmental quality standards.
  • Development of analytical methods for the determination of contaminants in the environment and wastewater matrices.


  • BSc Food Science, University of Leeds, 1980
  • PhD University of London, 1996
  • DIC Imperial College, 1996
  • CChem MRSC, Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • CBiol MIBiol, Chartered Biologist, Member of the Institute of Biology.
  • MCIWEM, Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management


  • 2005 – to date Brunel University
  • 1989-2005 Imperial College London
  • 1987-1989 Waters Chromatography Division, Millipore (UK) Ltd., Watford.
  • 1986-1987 Department of Civil Engineering, Imperial College, London.
  • 1985-1986 Coopers Animal Health Ltd, Berkhamsted.
  • 1980-1985 Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, London.
  • Consultant to Ove Arup (1998-2000). EU TACIS ENVREG 9705. Environment Programme for the Danube River Basin. Vulcanesti Pesticide Dump Site Investigation, Moldova.
  • Member of “SedNet” WP3 - Quality and Impact Assessment. (2002-2004). SedNet was an EU Framework 5 Thematic Network (Contract EVK1-CT-2001-20002).
  • Invited academic member “Good Regulation and Competitiveness Network” (2002 - 2004). Part of the DTI funded United Kingdom Analytical Partnership (UKAP)
  • Advisory Panel to the Standing Committee of Analysts (2005-2006). Methods for the Examination of Waters and Associated Materials. The determination of steroid estrogens in environmental and waste waters using chromatography and mass spectrometry
  • SETAC Europe conference 2006. Co-chairing of sessions on Sediment Ecotoxicology. Resulted in output published in the Journal of Soils and Sediments (2006), 6, 116-117 and SETAC Globe (2006), 4, 9-12.

Newest selected publications

Gardner, M., Jones, V., Comber, S., Scrimshaw, MD., Coello-Garcia, T., Cartmell, E., et al. (2013) 'Performance of UK wastewater treatment works with respect to trace contaminants'. Science of the Total Environment, 456-457. pp. 359 - 369. ISSN: 0048-9697 Open Access Link

Journal article

Turner, T., Cartmell, E., Lester, JN., Casse, F., Comber, SD. and Scrimshaw, MD. (2011) 'The pharmaceutical use of permethrin: Sources and behavior during municipal sewage treatment'. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol, 61 (2). pp. 193 - 201. ISSN: 0090-4341 Open Access Link

Journal article

Constantino, C., Scrimshaw, M., Comber, S. and Churchley, J. (2011) 'An evaluation of biotic ligand models predicting acute copper toxicity to Daphnia magna in wastewater effluent'. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 30 (4). pp. 852 - 860. ISSN: 0730-7268 Open Access Link

Journal article

Gomes, RL., Scrimshaw, MD., Cartmell, E. and Lester, JN. (2011) 'The fate of steroid estrogens: Partitioning during wastewater treatment and onto river sediments'. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 175 (1-4). pp. 431 - 441. ISSN: 0167-6369 Open Access Link

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