Professor William Sloan
- Professor of Environmental Engineering (Infrastructure and Environment)
University of Glasgow water research webpages: Water@Glasgow
- EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow
- B.Sc. Mathematics (Heriot-Watt)
- M.Sc. Oceanography (U.C.N.W.)
- P.G.C.E Mathematics (Newcastle)
- PhD. Civil Engineering (Newcastle)
Bill Sloan’s research interests are in mathematical modelling of both biological and physical environmental systems. His first degree was in Mathematics (Heriot-Watt) followed by an MSc in Physical Oceanography (UCNW) then several years in industry with engineering consultancies before undertaking a PhD in Civil Engineering (University of Newcastle upon Tyne). He defended his thesis on macroscale hydrological modelling in November 1999 and was employed as a lecturer in Civil Engineering at Glasgow University the same year. He was promoted to Professor of Environmental Engineering in 2007 and currently holds an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship.
Recently his research has concentrated on modeling the ecology of engineered and natural microbial communities. In particular on interpreting the output from new molecular methods for characterising microbial communities in situ to estimate biodiversity and describe community assembly. His theoretical research has found wide practical application in wastewater treatment, microbial fuel cells and biofilm modeling. In addition, Prof. Sloan maintains an interest in hydrological modelling and water resources and has published on a wide variety of topics from macroscale hydrological modelling, through radionuclide transport in groundwater to modelling the evolution of snowcover in the Austrian Alps and water quality in the Himalayas.
Ramanan, B., Holmes, W.M., Sloan, W.T., and Phoenix, V.R. (2012) Investigation of nanoparticle transport inside coarse-grained geological media using magnetic resonance imaging. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(1), pp. 360-366. (doi:10.1021/es2012726)
Ofiteru, I.D., Lunn, M., Curtis, T.P., Wells, G.F., Criddle, C.S., Francis, C.A., and Sloan, W.T. (2010) Combined niche and neutral effects in a microbial wastewater treatment community. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(35), pp. 15345-15350. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1000604107)
- EPSRC.EP/K038885/1. FRONTIER ENGINEERING. Oct 2013-Sept 2018 Sythetic biology applications to the water industry. £5.2M Co-PI Sloan.
- EPSRC. Clean water for all. Oct 2013-Sept 2014 £50K
- EPSRC. EP/D073693/1. Advanced Research Fellowship. Jan 2007-Feb 2012. Developing theory on the formation, composition and structure of open microbial communities that can be used in engineering design. Total: £518,535. University of Glasgow (UoG) total: £518,535. PI Sloan
EPSRC. EP/F007868/1. Platform Grant. Apr 2008- Mar 2013. General and unifying concepts for wastewater treatment plant design. Total: £900K. UoG total £182,308. PI Sloan
EPSRC. EP/G028443/1. Magnetic resonance imaging of biofilm mass transport processes with gadolinium tracers. Total: £57,834. UoG total: £57,834. PI Phoenix.
EPSRC. EP/H019480/1. Apr 2010 –Apr 2014. The SUPERGEN Biological Fuel Cell consortium; phase 2. Total: £2.9M. UoG total: £243,921. PI Sloan.
EPSRC. EP/H009604/1. Jun 2010 – Feb 2014. Predicting the acclimatisation of microbial wastewater treatment communities as a function of the environment, random immigration, birth and death. Total: £868K. UoG total: £208,277. PI Sloan.
Unilever. UoG code 63571. 2010-2014. Modelling the biogeography of human associated micro-organisms. Total: £75,324. UoG total: £75,324. PI Sloan.
BBSRC/Unilever. 2010-2014.The development of improved tools for the analysis of pyrosequenced metagenomics data. Total: £121,110. UoG total: £121,110. PI Quince.
Unilever. 2010-2014. The development and application of mathematical methods for the analysis of human relate associate microorganisms using genomics data. Total: £367,378. UoG total: £367,378. PI Quince.
EPSRC GR/S67128/01. 2004-2007. Enhancement of Biological Treatment of Contaminated Waters by Increasing Microbial Diversity (BIOENHAN). Total: £800K. UoG total: £44,895. PI Sloan.
EPSRC. EP/F013337/1. Oct 2007 –March 2009. Environmental Engineers of Tomorrow: Developing A Shared Tool Box Through Collaboration. Total: £144,078. UoG total: £25,000. PI Sloan.
EPSRC. EP/H024603/1 2009-2011. Bug-free prostheses: Reducing infection risk and improving reliability. Total: £201K. PI Lunn (Strathclyde).
EPSRC. EP/D047943/1. Apr 2006 – Oct 2010. The SUPERGEN Biological Fuel Cells Consortium. Total: £2.1M. UoG total: £195,825. PI Sloan.
NERC NE/D522211/1. 2006-2009. COMIX-Coupling biofilm diversity and ecosystem functioning: The role of communication and mixing in microbial landscapes. Total: €121,110. UoG total: £150,249. PI Sloan.
NERC NER/T/S/2002/00166. 2002 Scale dependent modelling of microbial communities. NERC discipline hopping fellowship. £50,000. PI Sloan.
Current PhD Students
Melanie Schirmer. 2010-2014. Unilever Studentship. 2nd Supervisor.
Frances Naji. 2011-2014. EPSRC Studentship.
Xiaoming Chen. 2010-2014. EPSRC DTA Studentship. 2nd Supervisor.
Ben Nicholas. 2010-2014. 2nd Supervisor
Rick Phoenix. 2010-2014. James Watt Scholarship. 2nd Supervisor
Siding Luo. 2010-2014. EPSRC Studentship. 2nd Supervisor
Henry Chan. 2004-2011. Part-time.
James Minto. 2010-2013. EPSRC DTA.
Marnie Norris. 2010-2013. Lord Kelvin-Adam Smith Studentship.
Kazi Hassan. 2011-2014. NERC Scholarship.
Previous PhD Students
Elisa Vignaga. 2007-2011. GRPE Scholarship. Awarded PhD June 2013
Anne Ruengoat. 2002-2005. James Watt Scholarship. Awarded PhD Oct 2005.
Stephen Woodcock. 2004-2007. EPSRC Scholarship. Awarded PhD Nov 2007.
Lyndsay Beevers. 2000-2004. EPSRC Scholarship. Awarded PhD 2004. 2nd Supervisor.
Baheerathan Ramanan. 2007-2011. Lord Kelvin-Adam Smith Studentship. Awarded PhD Sept 2011.
Current Postdoctoral Research Assistants
Dr Mary Lunn, Statistician.
Dr Jillian Cuoto, Molecular Biologist.
Previous Postdoctoral Research Assistants
Dr Stephen Woodcock, Statistician.
Dr Sung Taek Oh, Chemical Engineer.
Dr Susithra Lakshmanan, Chemical Engineer.
Dr Joanna Davies, Statistician & Geneticist.
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