Dr Rosa Busquets

About

My main research interests lie in the areas of analytical and materials science, and cover a range of areas including environmental monitoring and remediation, development of diagnosis tools,  environmental and food applications of nanotechnologies and the study of foodborne carcinogens. 

In twitter: @AtomicRBusquets

The key questions that drive my research are:

How can we improve analytical approaches to gain more information?

How can we develop new approaches to improve water, soil, air and food quality?

How can we improve the analysis biomarkers of disease to improve patients' health?

Academic history

Senior Lecturer in Analytical and Forensic Chemistry. Present, lecturer 2013-2016.

2019- Present, Honorary Associate Professor at UCL.

2011-2013. Experienced Marie Curie Fellow, Individual fellowship, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology group. University of Brighton.

2009-2011. Experienced Marie Curie Fellow, MAST Carbon International Ltd.

2005-2009. Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry, Chromatography and Mass spectrometry Group (CECEM) University of Barcelona.

2004-2007. Visiting researcher in the departments of Food engineering and Analytical Chemistry Department, LTH, Lund University.

2001-2005. Researcher in Chemistry with studentship for research and teaching, University of Barcelona.

1997-1999. Junior researcher in Biochemistry, Membrane Receptors and Intercellular Communication group;  University of Barcelona

Academic responsibilities

Senior lecturer in Analytical and Forensic Chemistry

Qualifications

  • European PhD
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA)
  • MRes in Chemistry
  • MChem
  • AFHE

Teaching and learning

Research

I work towards pushing the barriers of Analytical Chemistry and achieving significant improvements in monitoring molecules of special relevance. I am specialist in chromatography-mass spectrometry and in the analysis of complex matrices, areas which are valuable when applied to solve challenges. I am particularly interested environmental monitoring and remediation. I carry out research to remove contaminants that pose a major thread to the ecosystems due to their toxicity and high mobility, and can therefore contaminate fresh water and affect our health. Nanoparticles, pesticides and pharmaceuticals are among these contaminants. I am also  involved in the development of materials with tailored structure and/or reactivity, for the removal of the targeted type of contamination or recovery of specific substances for the benefit of the environment such as nutrients. I am the team leader of the Environment Health and Food Safety group (EHFSA)

Current projects:

Creative Spark SEAL, British Council (BC), project EV16042V1W, since 2018.  This project created and maintains 2 business incubators in Ukraine. Partners: Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Donetsk National Technical University and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

Royal Academy of Engineering , Newton fund. Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways.  Project 18-19\119.  This project develops carbon materials for wastewater treatment in Bangkok. With Chulalongkorn University, Pong Yaeng Agriculture/V.P.C group, Anamad Ltd. .

RAEng. Engineering X.  Project TSP1104, since 2020. This project develops materials for treatment of industrial effluents in Thailand. Partners: Chulalongkorn University, Pong Yaeng Agriculture/V.P.C group Co Ltd, Prime Nanotechnology, Pheedo, Bangchak Petrochemical, Anamad Ltd. 

Innovate UK. GCRF : phase 1 (subcontracted in project 46343, since 2020), with Institute of Environmental Geochemistry (Ukraine), Anamad Ltd, and other subcontracted teams.

GCRF-UKRI: Bionanofilter and 3 in 1. Since 2018.

Recent: BC Researcher Links "Advanced Materials for Environmental Protection" 2017-RLWK8-10631.  

PhD co-supervision outside KU: Charoan Li and Fan Gao (UCL) 

Areas of specialism

  • Chromatography and mass spectrometry
  • Fate of contaminants in the environment
  • Carbon materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Water treatment- 6th UN Sustainable development goal

Research student supervision

Publications

Number of items: 48.

Article

Braga Moruzzi, Rodrigo, Galileu Speranza, Lais, Tomazini da Conceição, Fabiano, Teodoro de Souza Martins, Suely, Busquets, Rosa and Cintra Campos, Luiza (2020) Stormwater detention reservoirs : an opportunity for monitoring and a potential site to prevent the spread of urban microplastics. Water, 12(7), p. 1994. ISSN (online) 2073-4441

Rastegari Mehr, Meisam, Keshavarzi, Behnam, Moore, Farid, Hooda, Peter S., Busquets, Rosa and Ghorbani, Zohreh (2020) Arsenic in the rock–soil–plant system and related health risk in a magmatic–metamorphic belt, West of Iran. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, ISSN (print) 0269-4042 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Rizwan Khan, Mohammad, Mohammad Wabaidur, Saikh, Busquets, Rosa, Moid AlAmmari, Ahmad, Azam, Mohammad and Alsubhi, Ameen (2020) Trace identification of sulfate anion in bottled and metropolitan water samples collected from various provinces of Saudi Arabia. Journal of King Saud University - Science, 32(3), pp. 1986-1992. ISSN (print) 1018-3647

Li, Chaoran, Busquets, Rosa and Campos, Luiza C. (2020) Assessment of microplastics in freshwater systems : a review. Science of the Total Environment, 707, p. 135578. ISSN (print) 0048-9697

Khan, Sidra U., Hooda, Peter S., Blackwell, Martin S. A. and Busquets, Rosa (2019) Microbial biomass responses to soil drying-rewetting and phosphorus leaching. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 7, p. 133. ISSN (online) 2296-665X

Melia, Patrick M., Busquets, Rosa, Hooda, Peter S., Cundy, Andrew B. and Sohi, Saran P. (2019) Driving forces and barriers in the removal of phosphorus from water using crop residue, wood and sewage sludge derived biochars. Science of the Total Environment, 675, pp. 623-631. ISSN (print) 0048-9697

Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Wabaidur, Saikh Mohammad, Busquets, Rosa, Khan, Moonis Ali, Siddiqui, Masoom Raza and Azam, Mohammad (2019) Identification of malachite green in industrial wastewater using lignocellulose biomass composite bio-sorbent and UPLC-MS/MS : a green environmental approach. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 126, pp. 160-166. ISSN (print) 0957-5820

Khan, M. Rizwan, Busquets, Rosa, Naushad, Mu and Puignou, Lluis (2019) Cooking with elaborate recipes can reduce the formation of mutagenic heterocyclic amines and promote comutagenic amines. Food Additives and Contaminants Part A, 36(3), pp. 385-395. ISSN (print) 1944-0049

Hunter, Gordon, Howard, Donald, Gauvreau, Sylvain, Duran, Olga and Busquets, Rosa (2019) Processing of multi-modal environmental signals recorded from a "smart" beehive. Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, 41(1), pp. 339-348. ISSN (print) 1478-6095

Melia, Patrick M., Busquets, Rosa, Ray, Santanu and Cundy, Andrew B (2018) Agricultural wastes from wheat, barley, flax and grape for the efficient removal of Cd from contaminated water. RSC Advances, 70(8), pp. 40378-40386. ISSN (online) 2046-2069

Mbundi, Lubinda, Meikle, Steve T., Busquets, Rosa, Dowell, Nicholas G., Cercignani, Mara and Santin, Matteo (2018) Gadolinium tagged osteoprotegerin-mimicking peptide : a novel magnetic resonance imaging biospecific contrast agent for the inhibition of osteoclastogenesis and osteoclast activity. Nanomaterials, 8(6), p. 399. ISSN (online) 2079-4991

Melia, Patrick M., Cundy, Andrew B., Sohi, Saran P., Hooda, Peter S. and Busquets, Rosa (2017) Trends in the recovery of phosphorus in bioavailable forms from wastewater. Chemosphere, 186, pp. 381-395. ISSN (print) 0045-6535

Nguyen, Linh Viet, Busquets, Rosa, Ray, Santanu and Cundy, Andrew B. (2017) Graphene oxide-based degradation of metaldehyde : effective oxidation through a modified Fenton’s Process. Chemical Engineering Journal, 307, pp. 159-167. ISSN (print) 1385-8947

Busquets, Rosa, Ivanov, Alexander E., Mbundi, Lubinda, Horberg, Sofia, Kozynchenko, Oleksander P., Cragg, Peter J., Savina, Irina N., Whitby, Raymond L.D., Mikhalovsky, Sergey V., Tennison, Stephen R., Jungvid, Hans and Cundy, Andrew B. (2016) Carbon-cryogel hierarchical composites as effective and scalable filters for removal of trace organic pollutants from water. Journal of Environmental Management, 182, pp. 141-148. ISSN (print) 0301-4797

Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Wabaidur, Saikh Mohammad, Alothman, Zeid Abdullah, Busquets, Rosa and Naushad, Mu (2016) Method for the fast determination of bromate, nitrate and nitrite by ultra performance liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry and their monitoring in Saudi Arabian drinking water with chemometric data treatment. Talanta, 152, pp. 513-520. ISSN (print) 0039-9140

Davies, Philip, Irena Kratochvilova, Irena, Ewels, Chris, Aqeel, Tariq, Martin, Nazaio, Fal'ko, Vladimir, Enoki, Toshiaki, Rodriguez-Fortea, Antonio, Kaneko, Katsumi, Turak, Ayse, Buono, Carlo, Kovalenko, Valeri, Ajayan, Pulickel, Heggie, Malcolm, Khare, Varsha, Hirsch, Andreas, Gspann, Thurid, Windle, Alan, Costa, Pedro, Shaffer, Milo, Casado, Juan, Chan-Park, Mary and Busquets, Rosa (2014) Doping and theory : general discussion. Faraday Discussions, 173, pp. 233-256. ISSN (print) 1359-6640

Busquets, Rosa, Kozynchenkob, Oleksandr P., Whtiby, Raymond L. D., Tennison, Stephen R. and Cundy, Andrew B. (2014) Phenolic carbon tailored for the removal of polar organic contaminants from water: A solution to the metaldehyde problem? Water Research, 61, pp. 46-56. ISSN (print) 0043-1354

Onnby, L, Svensson, C, Mbundi, L, Busquets, R, Cundy, A and Kirsebom, H (2014) γ-Al2O3-based nanocomposite adsorbents for arsenic(V) removal: Assessing performance, toxicity and particle leakage. Science of the Total Environment, 473, pp. 207-214. ISSN (online) 0048-9697

Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Busquets, Rosa, Saurina, Javier, Hernandez, Santiago and Puignou, Lluis (2013) Identification of seafood as an important dietary source of heterocyclic amines by chemometry and chromatography–mass spectrometry. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 26(6), pp. 1014-1022. ISSN (print) 0893-228X

Nunez, Oscar, Gallart-Ayala, Hector, Martins, Claudia P.B., Lucci, Paolo and Busquets, Rosa (2013) State-of-the-art in fast liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry for bio-analytical applications. Journal of Chromatography B, 927, pp. 3-21. ISSN (print) 1570-0232

Busquets, Rosa, Frandsen, H., Jonsson, J.A., Puignou, L., Galceran, M.T and Skog, K. (2013) Biomonitoring heterocyclic amines and metabolites in urine by liquid-phase microexraction: 2-amin-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP), a possible biomarker of exposure to dietary PhIP. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 26(2), pp. 233-240. ISSN (print) 0893-228X

Whitby, R.L.D and Busquets, R. (2013) Nanomaterials and the environment: global impact of tiny materials. Nanomaterials and the Environment, 1, pp. 1-2. ISSN (online) 2299-1204

Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Alothman, Zeid Abdullah, Khan, Moonis Ali, Busquets, Rosa and Alsohaimia, Ibrahim Hotan (2013) An ultra performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry method for the rapid analysis of nitrate in drinking water. Analytical Methods, 5, pp. 1225-1230. ISSN (print) 1759-9660

Alsohaimi, Ibrahim Hotan, Alsohaimi, Zeid Abdullah, Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Abdalla, Mohammad Abulhassan, Busquets, Rosa and Alomary, Ahmad Khodran (2012) Determination of bromate in drinking water by ultraperformance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Separation Science, 35(19), pp. 2538-2543. ISSN (print) 1615-9306

Whitby, Raymond L.D., Gun'ko, Vladimir M., Korobeinyk, Alina, Busquets, Rosa, Cundy, Andrew B., Laszlo, Krisztina, Skubiszewska-Zieba, Jadwiga, Leboda, Roman, Toth, Ildiko Y., Kovacs, Krisztina and Mikhalovsky, Sergey V. (2012) Driving forces of conformational changes in single-layer graphene oxide. ACS Nano, 6(5), pp. 3967-3973. ISSN (print) 1936-0851

Whitby, Raymond L.D., Korobeinyk, Alina, Gun'ko, Vladimir M., Busquets, Rosa, Cundy, Andrew B., Laszlo, Krisztina, Skubiszewska-Zieba, Jadwiga, Leboda, Roman, Tombacz, Etelka, Toth, Ildiko Y., Kovacse, Krisztina and Mikhalovsky, Sergey V. (2011) pH driven physicochemical conformational changes of single-layer graphene oxide. Chemical Communications, 47, pp. 9645-9647. ISSN (print) 1359-7345

Busquets, Rosa, Jonsson, Jan Ake, Frandsen, Henrik, Puignou, Lluis, Galceran, Maria Teresa and Skog, Kerstin (2009) Hollow fibre-supported liquid membrane extraction and LC-MS/MS detection for the analysis of heterocyclic amines in urine samples. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 53(12), pp. 1496-1504. ISSN (print) 1613-4125

Khan, M.R., Mila, A., Busquets, R., Santos, F.J. and Puignou, L. (2009) Preparation and characterisation of fried chicken as a laboratory reference material for the analysis of heterocyclic amines. Journal of Chromatography B, 877(22), pp. 1997-2002. ISSN (print) 1570-0232

Khan, M.R, Betus, Laura, Busquets, Rosa and Puignou, Lluís (2009) Mutagenic heterocyclic amine content in thermally processed offal products. Food Chemistry, 112(4), pp. 838-843. ISSN (print) 0308-8146

Busquets, Rosa, Mitjans, David, Puignou, Lluís and Galceran, Maria Teresa (2008) Quantification of heterocyclic amines from thermally processed meats selected from a small-scale population-based study. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 52(12), pp. 1408-1420. ISSN (print) 1613-4125

Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Busquets, Rosa, Santos, Francisco Javier and Puignou, Lluís (2008) New method for the analysis of heterocyclic amines in meat extracts using pressurised liquid extraction and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A, 1194(2), pp. 155-160. ISSN (print) 0021-9673

Busquets, Rosa, Puignou, Lluis, Galceran, Maria Teresa, Wakabayashi, Keiji and Skog, Kerstin (2007) Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis of 2-amino-1-methyl-6-(4-hydroxyphenyl)imidazo[4,5-b]pyridine in cooked meats. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 55(22), pp. 9318-9324. ISSN (print) 0021-8561

Toribio, Francisca, Busquets, Rosa, Puignou, Lluís and Galceran, Maria Teresa (2007) Heterocyclic amines in griddled beef steak analysed using a single extract clean-up procedure. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 45(4), pp. 667-675. ISSN (print) 0278-6915

Busquets, Rosa, Puignou, Lluis, Galceran, Maria Teresa and Skog, Kerstin (2006) Effect of red wine marinades on the formation of heterocyclic amines in fried chicken breast. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 54(21), pp. 8376-8384. ISSN (print) 0021-8561

Busquets, Rosa, Puignou, Lluis and Galceran, Maria Teresa (2006) Determination of 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP) in hemoglobin using on-line coupling of restricted access material to liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry. Analytica Chimica Acta, 559, pp. 45-53.

Bermudo, Elisabeth, Busquets, Rosa, Barceló-Barrachina, Elena, Puignou, Lluís and Galceran, Maria Teresa (2004) Preparation of a beef-extract as a laboratory reference material for the determination of heterocyclic amines. Journal of Chromatography B, 802(1), pp. 61-68. ISSN (print) 1570-0232

Busquets, Rosa, Bordas, Magda, Toribio, Francisca, Puignou, Lluís and Galceran, Maria Teresa (2004) Occurrence of heterocyclic amines in several home-cooked meat dishes of the Spanish diet. Journal of Chromatography B, 802(1), pp. 79-86. ISSN (print) 1570-0232

Book

Busquets, Rosa, ed. (2017) Emerging nanotechnologies in food science. Oxford, U.K. : Elsevier. 236p. (Micro and Nano Technologies) ISBN 9780323429801

Book Section

Busquets, Rosa (2020) Advanced methods for the detection of micro- and nanosystems in food. In: Ramos, Oscar L. , Pereira, Ricardo N. , Cerqueria, Miguel A. , Teixeira, Jose A. and Vicente, Antonio A., (eds.) Advances in processing technologies for bio-based nanosystems in food. Boca Raton, U.S. : CRC Press. pp. 315-334. (Contemporary Food Engineering Series) ISBN 9781138037304

Busquets, Rosa (2017) Analysis of nanomaterials in food. In: Busquets, Rosa, (ed.) Emerging nanotechnologies in food science. Oxford, U.K. : Elsevier. pp. 53-80. (Micro and Nano Technologies) ISBN 9780323429801

Busquets, Rosa and Mbundi, Lubinda (2017) Concepts of nanotechnology. In: Busquets, Rosa, (ed.) Emerging nanotechnologies in food science. Oxford, U.K. : Elsevier. pp. 1-9. (Micro and Nano Technologies) ISBN 9780323429801

Mbundi, Lubinda, Gallart-Ayala, Hector, Khan, M.Rizwan, Barber, Johnathan L, Losada, Sara and Busquets, Rosa (2014) Advances in the analysis of challenging food contaminants : nanoparticles, bisphenols, mycotoxins, and brominated flame retardants. In: Fishbein, James C. and Heilman, Jacqueline M., (eds.) Advances in Molecular Toxicology. Amsterdam, Netherlands : Elsevier. pp. 35-105. ISBN 9780444634061

Mbundi, Lubinda and Busquets, Rosa (2014) UHPLC-MS-based methods for the study of foodborne carcinogens. In: Naushad, Mu and Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, (eds.) Ultra performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry : evaluation and applications in food analysis. Boca Raton, Florida, U.S. : CRC Press. pp. 69-85. ISBN 9781466591547

Lucci, Paolo, Busquets, Rosa and Nunez, Oscar (2014) UHPLC–MS(/MS) analysis of pesticides in food. In: Naushad, Mu and Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, (eds.) Ultra performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry : evaluation and applications in food analysis. Boca Raton, Florida, U.S. : CRC Press. pp. 17-49. ISBN 9781466591547

Busquets Santacana, Rosa (2012) Food borne carcinogens : a dead end? In: Pesheva, Margarita , Dimitrov, Martin and Stoycheva, Teodora Stefkova, (eds.) Carcinogen. Rijeka, Croatia : InTech. pp. 163-184. ISBN 9789535106586

Conference or Workshop Item

Aseperi, Adeniyi, Busquets, Rosa, Hooda, Peter S., Cheung, Philip C.W. and Barker, James (2019) Sorption and column leaching of neonicotinoid insecticides in contrasting soils from five locations in Britain. In: Bright Spark Symposium 2019; 13 Sep 2019, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jhunjhunwalla, Kamal, Singh, Rabindra, Barton, Stephen, Barker, James and Busquets, Rosa (2015) Extraction of volatile oil Carum roxburghianum from two locations in West Bengal and its ligustilide content. In: HPLC 2015 : 42nd International Conference on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques; 21 - 25 Jun 2015, Geneva, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

Jhunjhunwalla, Kamal, Singh, Rabindra Kumar, Barton, Stephen, Barker, James and Busquets, Rosa (2015) Interpretations from the calculation of Equivalent Alkane Carbon Number (EACN) for a range of synthetic aroma molecules. In: HPLC 2015 : 42nd International Conference on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques; 21 - 25 Jun 2015, Geneva, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

part of the advisory team at the Environmental Protection Agency, Research. Areas: Climate, Water, Sustainability. Ireland.

Leadership and management

Leading 2 business incubators in Ukraine (in Kharkiv and Pokrovsk/Donetsk) 

Leading the Environment, Heath and Food Safety group in its international dimension with active collaboration in Iran, India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Uganda, Senegal, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Brasil, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Spain and UK. 

Leading, Co-Leading and partner international projects