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Professor Rakesh Kanda

Professor Rakesh Kanda
Vice Dean International / Professor - Exposome Science

Halsbury Building 130

Summary

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.

Career

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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 

Responsibility

  • 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

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

Journal article

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

Journal article

Yilmaz, SG., Chaudhary, A. and Kanda, R. (2021) 'Impacts of Extreme Weather Events on Hydromorphology of UK Rivers'. Turkish Journal of Water Science and Management, 5 (1). pp. 116 - 156. ISSN: 2536-474X Open Access Link

Journal article

Pinzón-Espinosa, A. and Kanda, R. (2020) 'Naphthenic acids are key contributors to toxicity of heavy oil refining effluents'. Science of The Total Environment, 729. pp. 138119 - 138119. ISSN: 0048-9697 Open Access Link

Journal article

Sfynia, C., Bond, T., Kanda, R. and Templeton, MR. (2020) 'The formation of disinfection by-products from the chlorination and chloramination of amides'. Chemosphere, 248. pp. 125940 - 125940. ISSN: 0045-6535 Open Access Link

Journal article
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