Committee Members' Biographies

ECG Committee

Environmental Chemistry Group Committee December 2015: Back row- Dr Rupert Purchase, Dr Martin King and Mr Brian Graham, Centre Row - Mr Jame Harrower, Mr Ian Forber, Dr Tom Sizmur and Dr Zoe Fleming, Front Row - Prof Steve Lehame, Dr Rowena Fletcher-Wood, Dr Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink and Dr Roger Reeve

Dr Zoë Fleming MRSC


Dr Zoë Fleming is a research fellow based at the University of Leicester and works for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) on the analysis of long term atmospheric trace gas measurements. Zoë works closely with the Met Office using dispersion modelling to track the long range transport of pollutants across the globe and their effects on atmospheric composition and chemistry.

Dr Martin King MRSC


Martin’s research reflects a broad interest in the way chemistry can effect modern climate change, and is currently focused in three areas:

  1. The oxidation potential of photochemistry in snow and sea ice, and the resultant fluxes of gaseous chemicals from the snowpack.
  2. The atmospheric oxidation of molecular films on aerosol and rain droplets.
  3. The vicarious calibration of earth observing instruments and the effect of atmospheric aerosol on snowpack albedo.      

Martin studies these effects with a combination of polar fieldwork, laboratory simulation (including a two tonne sea-ice simulator), and radiative-transfer/photochemical modelling. He is also an keen user of large-scale facilities such as neutron and x-ray scattering and laser science facility, and works closely with colleagues from the UK’s Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory and the National Physical Laboratory.

Mr Ian Forber CSci CChem MRSC


Ian is a Method Development Chemist at Concept Life Sciences Ltd (CLS). CLS is a major UK contract laboratory with specialities including land, water, air and food analysis. Ian has extensive laboratory and industrial experience and whilst his main specialist area is inorganic analytical chemistry, it also includes some organic analytical techniques such as HPLC.

Dr Tom Sizmur MRSC


Dr Tom Sizmur is a Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Reading. His research interest spans soil biogeochemistry in contaminated and agricultural systems with an emphasis on the interactions between organisms and their environment. His current research is on the use of biochar in environmental remediation and on the improvement of soils by applying organic amendments. Prior to this appointment Tom worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Rothamsted Research (UK), Iowa State University (USA) and Acadia University (Canada) and gained his PhD from the University of Reading.

Dr Bill Bloss CChem FRSC

Dr William Bloss is Reader in Atmospheric Science at the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.  Bill’s research interests are in the field of atmospheric chemistry, specifically: (1) the sources and sinks of atmospheric oxidants, and their impacts upon air quality and tropospheric composition; (2) the role of inorganic halogens in the atmosphere e.g. ClOx radicals in the polar stratosphere and iodine and bromine compounds in the Marine Boundary Layer. These topics are studied through a combination of atmospheric field measurements, laboratory experiments to study specific processes, and detailed chemical models to simulate atmospheric composition

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Dr Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink CChem MRSC

Editorial Advisor

Dr Rowena Fletcher-Wood AMRSC

Distinguished Guest Lecture Convener & Assistant Editor ECG Bulletin

Rowena Fletcher-Wood is a science communicator for Science Oxford and a science writer. She completed her doctoral research in environmental materials chemistry at the University of Birmingham on remediation of chromate species in waste water using redox-active molecular sieves and previously studied at Somerville College, Oxford. Her interests lie in science communication and outreach.

Mr Brian Graham MRSC

Brian Graham is currently Senior Geo-Environmental Engineer at the National House Building Council (NHBC) and is part of the team responsible for assessing land quality, groundwater and ground gas issues regarding new build houses.  Prior to joining NHBC, Brian had more than 20 years experience in consultancy within the contaminated land and related fields.  This includes designing and supervising site investigation works, scheduling and assessing chemical testing as well as designing, building and operating treatment plants for groundwater and contaminated soil treatment.

Brian is also a qualified waste manager, is qualified to deal with Hazardous Wastes and is a Qualified Person under the CLAIRE definition of waste scheme.

His main chemistry interests are solvent and oil remediation having spent a long time examining LNAPL and DNAPL chemical spills in groundwater and related soils and how to employ the best, often novel, techniques to provide clean up.  This includes chemical solutions as well as treatment plant and civil engineering techniques.  Much of his work has involved merging chemical and engineering solutions to achieve site clean up.  Brian has a particular interest in sustainable technologies and methods.

He is also a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Water and Environment Manager.

Professor Steve Leharne CChem FRSC

Professor Steve Leharne CChem FRSC is Professor (emeritus) of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Greenwich. His major scientific and research interests have been focussed, over the past twenty years, upon the transport and fate of denser than water non-aqueous phase liquids in soils and aquifer formations. Typical examples of these organic liquids, commonly referred to as DNAPLs, include chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents and coal tar. The second major research theme arising from this primary focus has been on the remedial challenges arising from the water quality degradation that arises from DNAPL presence in groundwater. In particular we have examined the use of surfactants and more recently colloidal particles to remove entrapped DNAPL droplets from water wetting porous media. Leharne is the co-author of two practitioner focussed Handbooks dealing with DNAPL and LNAPL fate in UK aquifers published respectively by the Environment Agency and CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments).

Dr Laura Newsome AMRSC

Laura is a research scientist based at the University of Manchester. Her research interests cover how the activity of micro-organisms influences geological and geochemical processes and vice versa, particularly how microbes affect the fate and transport of contaminants and metals  in the natural environment. Laura’s current research project focuses on understanding the natural behaviour and biogeochemistry of cobalt, an 'e-tech' metal that is essential for a low carbon society. She is also working on projects looking at  how bacteria may contribute to the release of toxic arsenic from sediments into drinking water supplies, and on whether we can use nanoparticles to clean up radioactive contamination. Laura gained her PhD at the University of Manchester and prior to this she worked at the Environment Agency and as an environmental consultant.

Dr Rupert Purchase CChem FRSC

Rupert Purchase studied chemistry at the South-East Essex Technical College [Grad. RIC Part II (External), 1967] and the University of York (D.Phil., 1972). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex (2014-2017). Rupert contributes to The Combined Chemical Dictionary on DVD published by CRC Press, and is a freelance editor for Science of Synthesis: Houben-Weyl Methods of Molecular Transformations published by Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart. He edited the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Environmental Chemistry Group Bulletin from 1995-2013, and was awarded the RSC’s Long Service Award in 2011.

In addition, I have been an ECG committee member since 1986. My current role on the ECG committee is to help with the production of the biannual ECG Bulletin.

Dr Roger Reeve CChem MRSC

Assistant Editor ECG Bulletin

Dr Roger Reeve is a Senior Lecturer teaching Analytical, Inorganic and Environmental Chemistry in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Sunderland. Roger’s current interest is in the analysis of pharmaceuticals in the environment. He has written two books on environmental analysis, the most recent, ‘Introduction to Environmental Analysis’, having recently been published in Chinese. Prior to his appointment at Sunderland, Roger worked in a process plant manufacturing company specialising in atmospheric pollution control equipment.

Dr Glynn Skerratt CChem CEnv CSci CWEM FCIWEM FHEA FRSC

Glynn is a retired Reader in Environmental Chemistry who worked in the Faulty of Sciences at Staffordshire University for 23 years. He has a PhD for his work elucidating aspects of organophosphorus chemistry kinetics and has taught many aspects of environmental chemistry, environmental management and sustainability. Whilst working in higher education, Glynn developed wide experience of distance and on-campus learning and teaching, in-company training, consultancy, applied research and marketing/project/people management and has delivered staff development workshops in e-learning, independent learning and enterprise/entrepreneurship for the Higher Education Academy.

He currently acts as an expert evaluator for EU Horizon 2020 project proposals and reviews both interim and final project reports for these. He has also been an evaluator for proposals for UK British Council Development Partnerships in HE, the British Council Prime Minister’s Initiative and British Council England-Africa and UK-India Partnerships.

Glynn is an active member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and acts as a professional reviewer for membership applicants and as a university award accreditor for them.

Prior to working at Staffordshire University, Glynn spent fifteen years working in scientific and operational management in the UK water industry – managing laboratories and working in the industrial effluent regulation and wastewater treatment operations sectors.  

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