Diane is a Professor of Environmental Biotechnology. She 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 has keen interest on the role of biotechnology in pollution control and bioremediation.
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, PgCHE, FHEA, FIEnvSci, MRSB, CBiol, MRSC, SCImem
Diane is the programme leader for the BSc and MSci Environmental Science programes. She has special intereste in the environment and biotechnology, in particular the use of microorganisms to bioremediate environmental pollutants. She has been appointed to the Subject Benchmark Review panel for Earth Science, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Study by the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) 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:
Diane is member of the editorial boards of the following international journals published by Springer:
Saxena G, Purchase D, Mulla SI, Saratele GD and Bhargava RN. 2019. Phytoremediation of heavy metal-contaminated sites: eco-environmental concerns, field studies sustainability issues and future prospects. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. In press.
Chan W.K., Wildeboer D., Garelick H. and Purchase D. 2018. Competition of As and other Group 15 elements for surface binding sites of an extremophilic Acidomyces acidophilus isolated from a historial tin mining site. Extremophiles. In press. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00792-018-1039-2
Isimekhai K.A., Garelick H., Watt J., Purchase D. 2017. Heavy metal distribution and risk assessment in soil from an informal E-waste recycling site in Lagos State Nigeria. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. In print. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-017-8877-9
Chan W.K., Wildeboer D., Garelick H., Purchase D. 2016. A proteomic study on the responses to arsenate stress by an acidophilic fungal strain Acidomyces acidophilus WKC1. Journal of Biotechnology and Biomaterials 6:5(Suppl). DOI: 10.4172/2155-952X.C1.058
Pantoja Munoz L., Purchase D., Jones H., Raab A., Urgast D., Feldmann J., Garelick H. 2016. The mechanisms of detoxcification of As(III), dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) and As (V) in the microalga Chlorella vulgaris. Aquatic Toxicology 175, 56-72. DOI:1016/j.aquatox.2016.02.020
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.
Selected book series/ book chapters
Chan WK, Wildeboer D, Garelick H, Purchase D. 2019. Acidomyces acidophilus: Ecology, biochemical properties, and application to bioremediation. In: Fungi in extreme environments: Ecological and biotechnological significance. Springer. In press.
Futughe AE, Purchase D and Jones H. 2019. Phytoremediation using native plants. In Phytoremediation In-situ Applications. Shmaefsky BR (ed). Springer, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-030-00099-8. In press.
Saxena G, Purchase D and Bharagava RN. 2019. Environmental Hazards and Toxicity Profile of Organic and Inorganic Pollutants of Tannery Wastewater and Bioremediation Approaches. In: Bioremediation of Industrial Waste for Environmental Safety – Vol. I, Industrial waste and its management. Springer. ISBN 978-981-13-1891-7. In press.
Bharagava RN, Purchase D, Saxena G and Mulla SI. 2018. Applications of metagenomics in microbial bioremediation of pollutants: From genomics to environmental cleanup. In: Microbial Diversity in the Genomic Era. Das S and Das HR. (eds). Academic Press-Elsevier, USA. ISBN: 9780128148495. Pp. 459-477.
Gupta V.K., Zeilinger-Migsich S., Ferreira Filho E.X., Duran C. and Purchase D. (eds) 2016. Microbial Applications – Recent Advancements and Future Developments. Berlin: De Gruyter. ISBN 9-783-110-240-429.
Purchase D (ed). 2016. Fungal Applications in Sustainable Environmental Biotechnology. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-42850-5.
Chan W.K., Wildeboer D., Garelick H., Purchase D. 2016. Mycoremediation of heavy metal/metalloid-contaminated soil: current understanding and future prospects. In: Fungal Applications in Sustainable Environmental Biotechnology. D Purchase (ed). Springer-Nature. 978-3-319-42850-5. pp. 143-181.
Egede E., Jones H., Purchase D., Cook B., Mouradov A. 2016. Application of fungal-algal associations for wastewater treatment. In: Fungal Applications in Sustainable Environmental Biotechnology. D Purchase (ed). Springer-Nature. ISBN 978-3-319-42850-5. pp. 249-272.
Purchase D. 2016. “Microbial keratinases: characteristics, biotechnological applications and potential”. In: The Handbook of Microbial Bioresources. Gupta V.K., Thangadurai D., Sharma G.D., Gaur R. (eds). Wallingford: CAB International. ISBN 978-1-78064-521-6. pp. 634-674.
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
Popoola S, Purchase D, Jones H and Pantoja Munoz L. 2018. Enzymatic response in Eisenia hortensis and Lumbricus terrestris exposed to 3-, 4- and 5-ring hydrocarbons amended with biosurfactant. 6th International Symposium on Environmental Biotechnology and Engineering., Sonora, Mexico 5-9 November 2018.
Futughe AE, Jones H, Purchase D. 2018. A novel technology of solarization and phytoremediation enhanced with biosurfactant for sustainable treatment of PAH-contaminated soil. 15th International Phytotechnology Conference, Novi Sad, Serbia 1-5 October 2018.
Hayat F, Roitt I, Shah A, Purchase D and Bayford R. 2018. Synthesis and activity of antibiotics conjugated to gold nanoparticles. 21st International Conference an Advances in New Technologies and their Impact an Microbial Research, London, 21-22 June 2018.
Purchase D, Bisschop L, Ekberg C, Fedotov P, Garelick H, Kandile NG, Luque R, Popoola O E, Rüdel H, Serpe A, Surati K and Wilson BP. 2018. Global approaches to environmental exposure – assessment of e-waste. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 28th Europe Annual Meeting, Rome 13-17 May, 2018.
Rüdel H, Díaz Muñiz C, Garelick H, Kandile N, Miller BW, Pantoja L, Peijnenburg W, Purchase D, Shevah Y, Van Sprang P, Vijver M and Vink JPM. 2018. Consideration of the bioavailability of metals and metal compounds in freshwaters in regulatory frameworks. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 28th Europe Annual Meeting, Rome 13-17 May, 2018.
Purchase D. 2017. ‘E-waste: managing an emerging global environmental challenge’. 16th International EuCheMS Conference on Chemistry and the Environment, Oslo, Norway, 18-22 June 2017. Keynote.
Rűduel H., Abbasi G., Popoola O.E., Purchase D. 2017.’Can metals be used as tracers for organic contaminants in potentially e-waste-polluted environmental media?’ 16th International EuCheMS Conference on Chemistry and the Environment, Oslo, Norway, 18-22 June 2017.
Popoola S., Purchase D., Jones H. 2017. Enhanced vermiremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated lands with biosurfactants: an excotoxicological approach. 27th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, Brussels 7-11 May, 2017.
Khonsari S., Gonzalez Baez A., Nguyen H., Pantoja Munoz L., Purchase D. ‘A study of the inhibition of biofilm formation on multiple surfaces by a biosurfactant containing four discrete lipopeptides.’ Microbiology Society Annual Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 3-6 April, 2017.
Purchase D. 2017. Electronic waste – an emerging global environmental and health challenge in the 21st century. SmART Cities and Waste Research Workshop: Urban Waste Streams & Flows, London, UK, 6 April, 2017. Invited speech
Chan W.K., Wildeboer D., Garelick H., Purchase D. ‘A proteomic study on the responses to arsenate stress by an acidophilic fungal strain Acidomyces acidophilus WKC1’. Biotechnology World Convention, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 15-17 August 2016.
Khonsari S., Gonzalez Baez A., Nguyen H., Pantoja Munoz L., Purchase D. 2016. A study of the inhibition of biosurfactant on in vitro biofilm formation by bacterial pathogens: application of MALDI-TOF MS in strain indentification and characterisation of the lipopeptides. 19th Conference in Genomics and Proteomics of Human Pathogens, London, UK 23-24 June 2016.
Isimekhai K., Watt J., Garelick H., Purchase D. 2016. Risk analysis of informal recycling of electronic waste in Lagos State, Nigeria. 25th Society for Risk Analysis Europe Conference, Bath, UK 20-22 June 2016.
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.
Saxena, Gaurav and Purchase, Diane and Mulla, Sikandar I. and Saratale, Ganesh Dattatraya and Bharagava, Ram Naresh (2018) Phytoremediation of heavy metal-contaminated sites: Eco-environmental concerns, field studies, sustainability issues and future prospects. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology . ISSN 0179-5953 (Accepted/In press)
Zainith, Surabhi and Purchase, Diane and Saratale, Ganesh Dattatraya and Ferreira, Jose Luis and Bilal, Muhammad and Bharagava, Ram Naresh (2019) Isolation and characterization of lignin-degrading bacterium Bacillus aryabhattai from pulp and paper mill wastewater and evaluation of its lignin-degrading potential. 3 Biotech (13205). ISSN 2190-572X (Accepted/In press)
Bharagava, Ram and Purchase, Diane and Saxena, Gaurav and Mulla, Sikandar (2018) Applications of metagenomics in microbial bioremediation of pollutants: from genomics to environmental cleanup. In: Microbial Diversity in the Genomic Era. Das, Surajit and Dash, Hirak Ranjan , eds. Elsevier | Academic Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 459-477. ISBN 9780128148495
Futughe, Anthony and Jones, Huw and Purchase, Diane (2018) A novel technology of solarization and phytoremediation enhanced with biosurfactant for sustainable treatment of PAH-contaminated soil. In: 15th International Phytotechnology Conference, 01-05 Oct 2018, Novi Sad, Serbia. (Accepted/In press)
Popoola, Solomon and Purchase, Diane and Jones, Huw (2018) Oxidative and monoxygenase enzymatic response in Eisenia hortensis and Lumbricus terrestiris exposed to 3-, 4- and 5-ring hydrocarbons amended with biosurfactant. In: SETAC AP 2018: 11th Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – Asia Pacific 2018, 16-19 Sept 2018, Daegu, Korea. (Accepted/In press)
PI, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) projects #2018-026-2-600 and FSC #2018-027-1:Technical symposium on Innovative Chemistry for Environmental Enhancement for the 47th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Paris, 2019.
PI, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) projects #2016-035-1-600 and FSC #2017-008-1: Development of three technical symposia on environmental chemistry for the 46th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Sao Paulo 2017.
PI 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.
Biocementation project (#102233) - Knowledge Exchange Project with Network Rail.
Diane has been appointed the co-chair of the Chemical and Biophysical Processes in the Environment committee in Division VI: Chemistry in the Environment of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) since 2017.
She is chairing a Task Group to lead the project: The environmental and health challenges of e-waste and its management: an emerging 21st century global concern, funded by IUPAC.
She chaired and organised a satellite event on e-waste in the 15th European Chemical Sciences International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment, 20-24 September 2015, Leipzig Germany.
She also co-chaired a plenary session on ‘Persistent Organic Pollutants and Waste Cycling’ the in 16th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE), Oslo, Norway, 18-22 June 2017.
She has organised a number of technical symposia in the 46th World Chemistry Congress in Sao Paulo in 2017 and is organising another technical symposium in the 47th Word Chemistry Congress in Paris in 2019.
As Honorary Secretary of the Committee of Heads of Environmental Science, Institution of Environmental Science and holder of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) portfolio, Diane engages in the advancement of environmental sciences through teaching, knowledge exchange, research and scholarship in the UK and international higher education sectors. She is the author of the bimonthly newsletter for the committee and has executive responsibility in administering 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 is member of the Subject Benchmark Review panel for Earth Science, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Study by the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).