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Professor Rakesh Kanda
Vice Dean International / Professor - Exposome Science

Heinz Wolff 001E


I am an environmental scientist, Professor of exposome science, Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, a chartered chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. My research covers a range of topics in environmental, analytical, exposome and water sciences. My research is focused on the development of analytical techniques for the determination of environmental contaminants to assess animal and human exposure to hazardous compounds in the environment. My work includes investigations into the occurrence and fate of emerging environmental contaminants and hazardous substances in the aquatic and terrestrial environment and the study of their behaviour during wastewater treatment and drinking water production. My research investigates the elimination of micro-pollutants from wastewater and potable water through conventional water treatment processes and I apply green chemistry principals and green technologies to eliminate or convert hazardous pollutants to less harmful or more biodegradable compounds. My research covers the formation and occurrence of disinfection-by-products resulting from conventional and advanced treatment. My studies involve the development of high resolution tandem mass spectrometry methods for the identification of contaminants in human body fluids, biota, potable water and wastewater samples. My research involves the development of new strategies in data interpretation using spectral and chromatographic deconvolution and chemometric methods of nontargeted analysis to address unknown hazards or "known or unknown unknowns."

As Vice Dean International, I am responsible for developing the internationalisation and global engagement strategy of the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences through the development of strategic education and research partnerships with international institutes.


  • 2016 to Present, Vice Dean International, College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Brunel University London 
  • 2013 to Present, Professor in the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Brunel University London
  • 2005-2012 Principal Scientist, Severn Trent Laboratories, Reading
  • 1999-2005 Principal Scientist, Water Research Centre (WRc-NSF), Medmenham
  • 1990-1999 Principal Scientist, Water Research Centre (WRc), Medmenham


  • PhD Environmental Chemistry, University of Reading                       
  • MSc Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation, Loughborough University
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chartered Chemist 
  • Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences 


  • College International Strategy Group (Chair)
  • College Research Strategy Group (Member)
  • College Management Board (Member)
  • College Education Committe (Member)
  • University International Collaborations & Strategy Committe (Member)

Newest selected publications

Diana, M., Farré, MJ., Sanchís, J., Kanda, R., Felipe-Sotelo, M. and Bond, T. (2022) 'The formation of furan-like disinfection byproducts from phenolic precursors'. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 2053-1400 Open Access Link

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Brockmeier, EK., Basili, D., Herbert, J., Rendal, C., Boakes, L., Grauslys, A., et al. (2022) 'Data-driven learning of narcosis mode of action identifies a CNS transcriptional signature shared between whole organism Caenorhabditis elegans and a fish gill cell line'. Science of the Total Environment, 849 (25 November 2022). pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 0048-9697 Open Access Link

Journal article

Sfynia, C., Bond, T., Kanda, R. and Templeton, M. (2022) 'Simultaneous prediction of trihalomethanes, haloacetic acids, haloacetonitriles and haloacetamides using simulated distribution system tests'. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 0 (in press). pp. 742 - 756. ISSN: 2053-1400 Open Access Link

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Dusza, HM., Manz, KE., Pennell, KD., Kanda, R. and Legler, J. (2021) 'Identification of known and novel nonpolar endocrine disruptors in human amniotic fluid'. Environment International, 158 (January 2022). pp. 1 - 16. ISSN: 0160-4120 Open Access Link

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Pinzón-Espinosa, A., Collins, TJ. and Kanda, R. (2021) 'Detoxification of oil refining effluents by oxidation of naphthenic acids using TAML catalysts'. Science of The Total Environment, Volume 784 (25 August 2021). pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 0048-9697 Open Access Link

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