Contact Dr Jitka MacAdam


Jitka obtained her first degree in Biochemistry, specialising in Biochemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague. In 2000 she took up a position as a Research Assistant at Cranfield University studying calcium carbonate chemistry with emphasis on scale formation in domestic appliances. She went on to do her PhD here on the same subject with particular interest in the inhibitory effects of trace metals such as zinc and copper on calcium carbonate formation. Jitka graduated in 2005 and following a maternity break stayed on at Cranfield University as a postdoctoral researcher working on a number of projects including the application of advanced oxidation for both potable and wastewater treatment and broadening her expertise in calcium carbonate chemistry and inhibition. In 2012Jjitka completed NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety and is currently studying towards obtaining NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety. She is Associate Fellow of the Higher Education.

Current activities

RESEARCH - Responsible for managing research projects and supervising PhD and MSc students. Activities range from planning, designing and executing laboratory experiments to writing and reviewing literature. Liaising with clients and sponsors on a regular basis. Main research skills in water chemistry and chemical processes. Recent projects include: The effect of boiling on lead in drinking water (Defra/DWI, 2014), Identification of high risks sites for iodinated DBP formation (Defra/DWI, 2014-2015), Evaluation of ion exchange technology for natural organic matter removal in Scottish Water (Scottish water, 2013), Deposition in digestate lines and dewatering plant (Wessex Water, 2013), CHEMWATER - Efficient water management in process industry (EU, 2011-2013), National assessment of the potential problems to water supplies posed by low taste and odour threshold compounds (DWI/defra, 2012-2013).

TEACHING - Course tutor for Water and Wastewater Engineering MSc course, Module manager for Water and Wastewater Treatment Principals, lecturing, delivery of practical laboratory sessions and MSc thesis project coordinator.

HEALTH & SAFETY COORDINATOR (since 2012) - Supporting Theme director in the delivery of their H&S responsibilities, managing local corrective actions register, advising both staff and students in H&S related matters, conducting internal audits, acting as a competent person during internal SHEL inspections, issuing permits to work, liaising with other H&S professionals within the University, attending H&S committees, assisting with risk assessment training and many other duties.


  • Wessex Water
  • Scottish Water
  • Kohler Mira
  • Sentinel Performance Solutions
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • DWI
  • EU


Articles In Journals


  • MacAdam Sproat J & Jarvis P (2015) Water-formed scales and deposits - types, characteristics and relevant industries. In: Mineral Scales and Deposits: Scientific and Technological Approaches, Elsevier, US, p. 3-23.
  • MacAdam J & Parsons SA (2009) The effect of metal ions on calcium carbonate precipitation and scale formation. In: Sustainability in energy and buildings : Proceedings of the International Conference in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB'09). Howlett RJ, Jain LC, Lee SH (ed.), Berlin: Springer-Verlag, p. 137-146.