Name: Professor Katherine Huddersman
Position: Professor of Enviromental Chemistry
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences
Chemical Treatment of Wastewater
About Professor Katherine Huddersman Professor Katherine Huddersman is Head of DMU’s Wastewater Treatment Research Group. As the head she conducts essential research into the chemical treatment of wastewater. The research began as a collaboration with a research group in Russia. She initiated the research as she saw potential. The catalyst was further developed at DMU as well as its applications.
Katherine’s interest in science began from a young age. She would play with chemistry sets as a child and her curiosity and interest led her to pursue her career in wastewater research.
The Faculty of Technology and Health and Life Sciences have staff with combinations of interests in chemistry, microbiology and water engineering. This is beneficial as Katherine also researches the use in disinfection through her work with microbiologists. This research has led to many international patents pursued by industry and is now available at industrial scale.
The UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has acknowledged her work internationally as well as nationally. Katherine also has many publications which are recognised internationally. Primarily from UK Government funding bodies, she has generated over £3million in research grant funding and works largely with prominent industries which have an active role in supporting her research. Katherine takes great pleasure in working with her research group, solving problems and developing unique ideas into grant applications. She is excited about the potential contribution she can make to help solve water shortage issues.
About Professor Huddersman’s Research
The programme is called ‘Environmental Quality and Management – Water and Wastewater Treatment’. It attempts to solve water scarcity by preventing pollution and allowing water to be re-used. Water is coming under increasing pressure from changes in climate and population. Due to this, the treatment process plays a pivotal role in distributing safe and clean supply of water to households, industries and agricultures. The protection of water quality is also crucial to the treatment process specifically in rivers, lakes, aquifers and around coastal areas.
De Montfort University is a prominent figure globally in water and waste water treatment and management’s present and future developments. The techniques of the research are at the cutting edge of technology, like their newly patented ‘Advanced Oxidation Process’.
The programme involves a patented technology called Efflotreat. A project funded by Technology Strategy Board (TSB), developed a multi-purpose fabric to treat contaminated wastewater at room temperature and pressure. The fabric works with hydrogen peroxide as a catalyst breaking down a wide range of organic pollutants in waste streams whilst also acting as a disinfectant.
The catalyst has many benefits over other wastewater treatment processes:
- At an industrial scale it is simple to commercialise
- Waste products are not produced from the reaction
- Decreased functioning costs and capital
- Easily recycled and regenerated
- Functions over a large pH range of 2.8-11
- Catalytic end-products are non-toxic and biodegradable
This programme is also available for science, engineering and environment graduates interested in water and wastewater. The Wastewater Treatment Research Group also supervises PhD students involved in wastewater research.
For more information on the Waterwaste Treatment Research group visit:
For more information about getting involved in the Masters by Research click here and for more information about opportunities at the post graduate school for PhD students click here.