Diane is an Associate Professor in Environmental Health/Biology; she has keen interests in the fields of environment and biotechnology. She is the programme leader of MSc Environmental Pollution Control which is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences. Diane is the Honorary Secretary of the Committee of the Heads of Environmental Sciences in the UK and a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. She is also a Committee Member of the Society of Chemical Industry London Region Group.
Her reserach focuses on the role of microorganisms in pollution control and bioremediation.
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, PgCHE, FHEA, MSB, CBiol, FIEnvSci
Diane teaches on the MSc Environmental Pollution Control and BSc Biosciences programmes. She has special interestes in contaminated land and biotechnology, in particular the use of microorganisms to bioremediate environmental pollutants. Diane has part of the review panel for the UK QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Earth sciences, environmental sciences and environmental studies in 2014.
Diane has a keen interest in the field of environmental remediation. She has published widely and supervised a number of PhD students on:
Rüdel H., Díaz Muñiz C., Garelick H., Kandile N.G., W. Miller B.W., Pantoja Munoz L., Peijnenburg W.J.G.M., Purchase D., Shevah Y., van Sprang P., Vijver M. and Vink J.P.M. 2015. Consideration of the bioavailability of metal/metalloid species in freshwaters: experiences regarding the implementation of biotic ligand model-based approaches in risk assessment frameworks. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-4257-5.
Pantoja Munoz L., Purchase D., Jones H., Feldmann J. and Garelick H. 2014. Enhanced determination of As-phytochelatin complexes in Chlorella vulgaris using focused sonication for extraction of water-soluble species. Analytical Methods 6 (3), 791-797. DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41629A.
Okoroma E.A., Purchase D., Garelick H., Morris R., Neale M.H., Windl O. and Abiola O.O. 2013. Enzymatic formulation capable of degrading scrapie prion under mild digestion conditions. PLOS Onehttp://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0068099. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068099.
Okoroma E.A., Garelick H., Abiola O. and Purchase D. 2012. Identification and characterisation of a Bacillus licheniformis strain with profound keratinase activity for degradation of melanised feather. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. 74, 54-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.ibiod.2012.07.013.
Radiar A.R.B. and Purchase D. 2012. Mathematical models to predict soil heavy metal toxicity in the 2012 Olympic site. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology9, 219-226. DOI:10.1007/s13762-012-0027-9.
Jiang Y., Jones H., Garelick H. and Purchase D. 2011. Effects of arsenate (As5+) on growth and production of glutathione (GSH) and phytochelatins (PCs) in Chlorella vulgaris. International Journal of Phytoremediation13, 834-844. DOI:10.1080/15226514.2010.525560.
Purchase D., Scholes L.N.L., Revitt D.M. and Shutes R.B.E. 2009. Effects of temperature on metal tolerance and the accumulation of Zn and Pb by metal-tolerant fungi isolated from urban runoff treatment wetlands. Journal of Applied Microbiology 106, 1163-1174.
Devere E. and Purchase D. 2007. Effectiveness of domestic antibacterial products in decontaminating food contact surfaces. Food Microbiology 24, 425-430.
Selected book series/ book chapters
Purchase D. 2015. "Microbial keratinases: characteristics, biotechnological applications and potential". In: Microbial Bioresources. Gupta V.K., Thangadurai D., Sharma G.D. Gaur R. (eds). Wallingford: CABI. ISBN 978-1-78064-521-6. In press.
Garelick H, Purchase D and Alonso Molina J.L. 2014. "Microbial pollution of water". In: Integrated Water Cycle Management in Kazakhstan. Meyer B.C. and Lundy L (eds). Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Publishing House: Almaty. ISBN: 978-601-04-0900-2.
Selected conference speeches, papers and posters
Ismekhai K., Garelick H., Watt J., Purchase D. 2015. Analysis of contaminated soil at an e-waste recycling site. A case study of Lagos, Nigeria. 15th EuCheMS International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment. Leipzig, Germany, 20-24th September 2015.
Pantoja L., Purchase D., Jones H., Feldmann J., Garelick H. 2014. The mechanisms of arsenic bioremediation from water by the green microalgaeChlorella vulgaris. THE BNASS / TraceSpec Tandem Conference Aberdeen, Scotland; 31st August - 4th September 2014.
Chan W., Wildeboer D., Garelick H., Purchase D. 2014. Investigating Arsenic Resistance in Fungi from Tin-mining Soil and the Possible Interaction Between Arsenic and Tin/Antimony. 10th International Mycological Congress, Bangkok, Thailand 3-8 August 2014.
Isimekhai A. K., Watt J., Garelick H., Purchase D. 2014. Environmental Risk Associated with Improper e-waste Activities in Lagos, Nigeria. 23rd Society for Risk Analysis Europe Conference, Istanbul, Turkey 16-18 June 2014.
Pantoja Muñoz L., Garelick H., Purchase D., Jones H. 2013. Arsenic Chelation, The Meeting of Two Kingdoms. 44th IUPAC Congress - Clean Energy Through Chemistry, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey 12-16 August 2013.
Munoz L.P., Purchase D., Jones H. and Garelick H. 2012. The occurrence of Arsenic-glutathione complesex in Chlorella vulgaris: off-line elemental (ICP-MS) and molecular (ES-MS) mass spectrometric detection for liquid chromatographic separation. 6th SETAC World Congress, Berlin 20-24 May, 2012.
Purchase D. 2011. Keynote Speech: 'Beauvaria, Biosurfactant and Bacillus - Microbial Potential in Remediating Pollutants'. 1st International Microorganism Conference: "Microorganisms facing their environment". Paris, France, 27-28 October, 2011.
Okoroma, E.A, Purchase D., Garelick H., Morris R. and Abiola O. 2011. Degradation of infective prion protein by a novel enzymatic composition. PRION 2011, Montreal, 16-19 May, 2011.
Task Group Chair, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) project #2014-031-3-600: The environmental and health challenges of e-waste and its management: an emerging 21st century global concern.
Task group member: IUPAC Project No. 2011-060-1 Appropriate consideration of bioavailability of metals/metal compounds in the aquatic environment.
Diane has been appointed as the Task Group Chair in 2015 by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) to lead the project: The environmental and health challenges of e-waste and its management: an emerging 21st century global concern.
She is the Chair and organiser of the satellite event on e-waste in the 15th European Chemical Sciences International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment, 20-24 September 2015, Leipzig Germany.
Diane is on the editorial board of the interantional journal Environmental Geochemistry and Health published by Springer; she is also the editor of two academic publications:
As n Executive Officer of the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), Diane engages in the advancement of environmental sciences teaching, learning, knowledge exchange, research and scholarship in the UK and international higher and further education sectors. She is the author of the monthly newsletter for the committee and has executive responsibility in adminstering the strategic plans.
Through CHES and as a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Diane engages extensively with the professional bodies and practitioners in the environmental area. She has organised CHES Annual Meeting and Conferences in association with the HEA and written for 'Environmental Scientist' (an IES journal).
She has been appointed to the QAA's Earth Science, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Study Subject Benchmark Review panel in 2014.
Diane also collaborates closely with the Environmental Agency and local NGOs on pollution projects for students on the MSc Environmental Pollution Control programme.
As a committee member of the London Region Group of the Society of Chemical Industry, Diane promotes and fosters communications between industry, business and academia. She involves in the organisation of regular and dynamic schedule of activites throughout the year to publicise science and enable networking opportunities.