Clean Water/Water Recycling

Professor Nick Voulvoulis at the Centre for Environmental Policy has won a NERC funded project on Defining the AMR Burden of Antimicrobial Manufacturing Waste as the PI. The collaborative project will assess the role of antibiotics manufacturing in Chennai and Puducherry (India) as a source of antimicrobial resistance in the environment.

Early laboratory research by Professor Wendy Barclay’s team in the Department of Infectious Disease has found mixing SARS-CoV-2 with chlorinated pool water can deactivate the virus, rendering it unable to infect cells.


Smart design of new materials could improve energy storage technologies

Understanding new gen materials for low cost hydrogen from sunlight and water

Biogas emissions could risk Net Zero targets, a recent study warns




Surface Engineered Sponges

An oil-catching sponge, developed at the University of Toronto and Imperial College London could help thwart water contamination from offshore oil drilling. Further research is being done to investigate how the sponges could also remove bacteria from saltwater.

New membrane technology to boost water purification and energy storage

Imperial College London scientists have created a new type of membrane technology that could improve both water purification and battery energy storage efforts.



A systems-based approach to catchment water management May 2021

A highly efficient multi-step methodology for the quantification of micro-(bio)plastics in sludge Nov 2020

Chemical Pollution of the Aquatic Environment and Health Oct 2020

The role of water reuse in the circular economy Aug 2020

Experiences and lessons in managing water from Cape Town Feb 2019

Surface-engineered sponges for recovery of crude oil microdroplets from wastewater Dec 2019 

Climate Change and the human-made water cycle: Implications for the UK Water Sector Dec 2019


  • Webinar: The impact of climate change on mental health and emotional wellbeing We’re bringing together leading experts from across healthcare, policy, research and the NGO sector for an online panel discussion to raise awareness and drive action. We will discuss the latest evidence and the actions needed to address the mental health impacts of the climate crisis. Thursday, 27 May 2021, 12.00 - 13.00

Past events

  • Women@Imperial Week event – Tackling Covid-19 Friday, 12 March 2021 Time: 14.00 - 15.15

Communications and Networks

podcast with The Grantham’s Institute’s Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation and The Centre for Environmental Policy’s Professor Jim Skea Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), discuss net zero carbon by 2050.

The H2FC SUPERGEN Hub is managed by a leading Imperial professor and seven other UK universities. It links academia to industry, informs policy and builds networks. 

The Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering - You can watch our annual lecture, highlight seminars, and all our webinars on antimicrobial resistance, greener plastic future and next generation batteries on our YouTube channel

The Global Development Hub was launched by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, Ms Amina J. Mohammed, on April 29 2021. You can view a recording of the launch event here