Contact Dr Emma Goslan

Areas of expertise

  • Water Science and Engineering


Dr Emma Goslan's qualifications:

EngD Natural Organic Matter Character and Reactivity: Assessing Seasonal Variation in a Moorland Water (Cranfield University, 2003)

MSc Water Pollution Control Technology (Cranfield University 1999)

BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Information Technology and Instrumentation (Glasgow Caledonian University, 1996)


Emma worked as a study scientist from 1996 to 1998 in the safety testing of novel agrochemicals in soil, plants and water. She developed methods for analysis and separation of chiral isomers.

Current activities

Dr Emma Goslan is a Senior Research Fellow in Water Chemistry in the Cranfield Water Science Institute in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology.

Emma has more than 10 years' experience working in research in natural organic matter (NOM) and disinfection by-product (DBP) formation. Her areas of expertise are:

Characterisation of NOM

DBP and micro-pollutant analysis

Advanced oxidation processes

Chromatographic measurement techniques

She is currently working on a DEFRA project on Identification of high risk sites for iodinated DBP formation. She is also working with Scottish Water, supervising an MSc by Research into the behaviour of Haloacetic acids (DBPs) in distribution systems. Emma is working on a number of smaller projects on DBPs for Yorkshire Water and Scottish Water. She recently finished a project for Aqua Metrology Systems which investigated the Return on Investment of an onl-line THM monitor.

Recently finished work includes a project with Defra to survey haloacetic acids (DBPs) in drinking water in England and Wales over 2 years. Other recent projects involve working with Yorkshire Water to elucidate the link between water character and DBP formation and Defra on endocrine disrupting chemicals. Emma has also analysed a range of 21 DBPs in samples taken across Europe for the HIWATE project (Health Impacts of Long-term Exposure to DBPs in Drinking Water) sponsored by the EU.

Emma has a keen interest in Catchment Management, particularly in catchments rich in NOM. She recently organised a conference entitled "Catchment Management: a treatment perspective" in June 2013 which was well attended by water industry professionals from utilities, consultancies and research institutes.


UK Water Utilities

Anglian Water

Northern Ireland Water

Nothumbrian Water Limited

Scottish Water

Severn Trent Water

South East Water

United Utilities

Yorkshire Water

Aqua Metrology Systems

DEFRA, specifically DWI.

Imperial College London

Jacobs Consulting





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