Suresh Nesaratnam

Senior Lecturer

I graduated with an Honours degree  in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London, in 1975, and then went on to study for a Masters and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

After gaining my doctorate, I worked for a major engineering consultancy in Malaysia. I then joined the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and undertook applied research in wastewater treatment and treated effluent reuse in agriculture and aquaculture,  for nearly five years. After Kuwait, I joined  the Ministry of the Environment in the Sultanate of Oman, where I was the Controller of Water and Waste Pollution, responsible for enforcement of pollution control regulations and investigation of pollution incidents. After two and a half years in Oman, I returned to the UK and worked as a Senior Process Engineer for the Institute of Offshore Engineering, at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, dealing with the treatment of produced water on oil platforms in the North Sea.

In 1991 I joined The Open University. My specialisations are water pollution control, water treatment,  waste management, and food safety.

My research interests cover waste management, wastewater treatment, and health and safety.

I was the co-ordinator of a 16-year Project with the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), on the correlation of household waste composition and generation rates with household characteristics. Reports were presented annually to Defra, and data were published in peer-reviewed Journals.

I was a Co-Supervisor on the following PhD Projects :

De Seta, A. (2013) Institutional strengthening of the water sector in Kerala

Dansoh, C.N. K. (2012) The viability of renewable energy and energy storage for the provision of power for desalination

Catchpole, R.  (2012) Establishing cost-effective safety management in the design phase for major oil and gas exploration and exploitation projects

Chilton, T. (2009) Commercial-scale recycling of post-consumer PET waste

Essa, M.H. (2008) Production of activated carbon from date pits and its use in industrial wastewater treatment

I have been responsible for producing distance-teaching material on wastewater treatment and water treatment, on several Open University modules. I have chaired the production and presentation of pollution control modules covering water, air, noise, and wastes.

Food safety is another of my subjects, and I have contributed to CPD Units on this.

I have been a member of multi-disciplinary module teams, and have taught on training courses overseas.

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