Areas of expertise


Professor Coulon’s professional interests include: soil and water chemistry; fate and transport of chemicals in surface and subsurface waters; water and wastewater treatment; soil and sediment treatment; hazardous waste site remediation; energy and environment; population and environment; and public communication of environmental science and engineering. He has a track record in transdisciplinary research and he is recognised for his internationally leading contribution in Environmental Science and Bioengineering with a significant contribution towards the elucidation of chemical and biological processes in complex systems. His research has been supported by grants from industrial, government and Research Council sources, with core grant research support primarily being from NERC, EPSRC, Defra and EU. His work further influences policy development and provides pragmatic, risk-based solutions to remediate contaminated land. He has published numerous articles in leading environmental engineering and science journals; book chapters and articles for the popular press with substantive contributions to oil remediation, process emission and control at industrial sites and environmental risk management.

Current activities

Activities and interactions between microbes in bioengineered processes 
  • Crude oil and refined products biodegradation
  • Waste anaerobic digestion
  • Diversity, role and function of microorganisms in polluted environments
  • Biotechnological applications
  • Microbial adaptations and responses to anthropogenic impacts in cold environments.
Environmental and Human health risk assessment
  • Diagnostic strategy and risk
  • Environmental fate, transport and exposure modeling
  • Emerging contaminants and hazardous residues.


  • Anglian Water
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • European Community - H2020 programme
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Golder Associates
  • QUESTOR centre
  • Seven Trent Water
  • Shell UK
  • Unilever
  • Viridor


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Wu G, Whelan A, Kechavarzi C, Li X, Sakrabani R, Sui H & Coulon F (2011)

    Influence of compost addition on the bioavailability of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Brownfield soils

    . In: 2011 International Symposium on Environmental Science and Technology, Dongguan, 1 June 2011.
  • Whelan A, Kechavarzi C, Sakrabani R & Coulon F (2010) The influence of compost addition on the hydraulic properties of brownfield soils. In: ConSoil 2010 : 11th International UFZ- Deltares/TNO Conference on Management of Soil, Groundwater and Sediment, Salzburg, 22 September 2010.
  • Whelan A, Kechavarzi C, Sakrabani R, Coulon F, Simmons RW & Wu G (2010) The influence of compost addition on the water repellency of brownfield soils.. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010, Vienna, Austria, 2 May 2010.
  • Orsi R, Turner C, Walton C, Pollard SJT, Daly P & Coulon F (2008) Evaluation of vapour emissions aiming former gasholder decommissioning. In: ConSoil 2008 : 10th International conference on soil-water systems, Milan, 3-6 June 2008.
  • Coulon F, Delille D & Pelletier E (2004) Tools for the bioremediation of sub-Antarctic soils exposed to petroleum hydrocarbons. In: V Argentine and I Latin-American Symposium on Antarctic Research, Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1 January 2004.


  • Delille D, Pelletier E & Coulon F (2010) Do Fertilizers Help in Effective Bioremediation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Polar Soils?. In: Polar Microbiology. Bej, Aislabie, Atlas (ed.), CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Delille D, Pelletier E, Coulon F, Feller G & Shivagi S (2005) Effectiveness of biostimulation techniques for cleaning of diesel polluted sub-Antarctic soils (Crozet Archipelago). In: In situ bioremediation and on site bioremediation, B.C. Alleman and M.E. Kelley.
  • Delille D, Pelletier E, Coulon F & Gerday C (2003) Effectiveness of bioremediation process in hydrocarbons contaminated subantarctic soils. In: In situ bioremediation and on site bioremediation, Magar, V.S.and Kelley,M.E..
  • Brassington K, Pollard SJT & Coulon F Weathered hydrocarbon biotransformation: implications for bioremediation, analysis and risk assessment. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.