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


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Losty E & Goslan E (2017) Formation potential of disinfection by products of 4 water sources after Nanofiltration (NF) and Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) at optimal and sub-optimal conditions. In: 15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Rhodes, 31 August - 2 September 2017.
  • Bougeard C, Goslan EH, Jefferson B & Parsons SA (2007) Precursor identification of haloacetic acids (HAAs) and trihalomethanes (THMs): A UK perspective. In: 233rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Chicago, 25-29 March 2007.
  • Goslan EH, Jarvis P & Parsons SA (2006) Aquatic NOM : will it form THMs or HAAs?. In: IWA World Water Congress, Beijing, 10 September 2006.
  • Goslan EH, Jarvis P, Gurses F, Jefferson B & Parsons (2006) Transformation of natural organic matter by UV photolysis and advanced oxidation processes. In: 13th meeting of the International Humic Substances Society, Karlsruhe, Germany, 30 July 2006.
  • Goslan EH & Parsons SA (2005) The Use of Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Investigating the Seasonal Variation in Make-up and Reactivity of Natural Organic matter. In: International Humic Substances Society, Sundsvall, Sweden, 30 March 2005.
  • Goslan EH & Parsons SA (2005) Natural organic matter fractionation: XAD resins vs UF membranes: an Investigation into THM formation. In: 4th IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition, Marrakech, 30 March 2005.
  • Parsons SA, Goslan EH, Jarvis P & Jefferson B (2005) NOM the relationship between character and treatability. In: 4th IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition, Marrakech, 30 March 2005.