Helen Keenan

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Dr Helen Keenan

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JAMES WEIR

h.e.keenan@strath.ac.uk

Tel : +44 (0)141 548 3133

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Personal Statement

Dr. Helen Keenan is an analytical chemist, with expertise in the determination, monitoring and modeling of persistant environmental pollutants (POPs). This includes pollutants that are endocrine disruptors, such as bisphenol A (BPA) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's). She was appointed as an academic lecturer within the DLCS in 2008, following on from her role as Laboratory Manager.

Dr. Keenan was awarded her PhD from the University of Strathclyde in 2001 for research on oestrogen fate during water treatment. She is currently Director of the MRes programme within the department and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She co-leads the Environmental Pollution and Health Effects Group with Dr. Christine Davidson in the Department of Chemistry and has other collaboration projects with Naval Architecture-Marine Engineering, the University Marine Station at Millport and two Strathclyde links projects. She supervises 5 full time PhD students, 2 part time PhD students and is external co-supervisor of 2 other PhD students.

In 2007, Dr. Keenan was invited to join the United Nations GESAMP (Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection) and currently serves as Chair of Working Group 37, dealing with mercury and its compounds.


MSc Chemistry - Analytical methods of analysis
PhD Environmental Chemistry
Member of Royal Society of Chemistry
Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist


Dr. Helen Keenan

Environmental Chemistry

Dr. Helen Keenan is an analytical chemist, with expertise in the determination, monitoring and modeling of persistant environmental pollutants (POPs). This includes pollutants that are endocrine disruptors, such as bisphenol A (BPA) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's). She was appointed as an academic lecturer within the DLCS in 2008, following on from her role as Laboratory Manager.

Dr. Keenan was awarded her PhD from the University of Strathclyde in 2001 for research on oestrogen fate during water treatment. She is currently Director of the MRes programme within the department and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She co-leads the Environmental Pollution and Health Effects Group with Dr. Christine Davidson in the Department of Chemistry and has other collaboration projects with Naval Architecture-Marine Engineering, the University Marine Station at Millport and two Strathclyde links projects. She supervises 5 full time PhD students, 2 part time PhD students and is external co-supervisor of 2 other PhD students.

In 2007, Dr. Keenan was invited to join the United Nations GESAMP (Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection) and currently serves as Chair of Working Group 37, dealing with mercury and its compounds.


Dr Keenan currently supervises 5 PhD students researching:

Transfer of pollutants from effluent irrigation water (Malaysia)
Environmental fate of Organometal pollutants (UK)
Monitoring & Modelling of POPs in water Treatment (Greece)
Biodegradation & Remediation of Organometal contaminated sediments (UK & Thailand)
Speciation in chromium and arsenic contaminated groundwaters (UK and USA)


Research Interests

  • Endocrine disrupters, especially oestrogen and bisphenol A (BPA).
  • Environmental fate prediction.
  • Comparison of default computer models and experimental values, impact on bioaccumulation & biomagnification - EQS values.
  • Transport and partitioning of plastic-derived BPA in marine environments.
  • The Thai-Laos Mekong river system. 
  • Environmental aspects of semiconductor and electronic manufacture and disposal.
  • Mercury compounds in the environment.

Teaching

Environmental & Analytical Chemistry
Ecotoxicology
Radiation & Health Physics
Site Investigation & Risk Assessment
Scientific Methodology


Publications

Bangkedphol, S.; Keenan, H. E.; Davidson, C.; Sakultantemetha, A.; Dyer, M. & Songsasen, A. (2009), 'Development and Aplication of an Analytical Method for the Determination and Partition Coefficients of Tributyltin in the Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow, Scotland.', Journal of ASTM International. 6(7), 3 - 19.

Bangkedphol, S.; Keenan, H. E.; Davidson, C.; Sakultantimetha, A. & Songsasen, A. (2008), 'Development of a low-cost method of analysis for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of butyltins in environmental samples.', J. Environ. Sci. Health A Tox. Hazard Subst. Environ. Eng. 43(14), 1,744 - 1,751.

Bangkedphol, S.; Keenan, H. E.; Davidson, C.; Sakultantimetha, A. & Songsasen, C. (2009), 'The Partition Behaviour of Tributyltin and Prediction of Environmental Fate, Persistance and Toxicity in Aquatic Environments.', Chemosphere. 77, 1,326 - 1,332.

Bangkedphol, S.; Sakultantemetha, A. & Keenan, H. E. (2006), 'Optimization of Microwave-assisted Extraction of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Sediments.', Journal of Environmental Engineering Science, Part A. 41(6), 1,105 - 1,116.

Keenan, H. E.; Papavasilpoulos, E. N. & Bache, D. H. (1998), 'Measurement of Polymer Residuals in an Alum Sludge.', Water Research. 32, 3,173 - 3,176.

Keenan, H. E.; Sakultantemetha, A. & Bangkedphol, S. (2008), 'Environmental Fate and Partition Co-efficient of Oestrogenic Compounds in Sewage Treatment Process.', Environ. Res. 106(3), 313 - 318.

Keenan, H. E.; Sentenac, P.; Songsasen, A.; Sakultantemetha, A. & Bangkedphol, S. (2006), 'Monitoring and Modeling of Metals and PAH contaminants in Thai: Laos Mekong River.', Recent Progress in Computational Science and Engineering. 7A-B, 682 - 689.

Keenan, K. E.; Dyer, M.; Songsasen, A.; Bangkedphol, S. & Homchan, U. (2006), 'Environmental Monitoring of the Sediment Pollution along the Thai:Laos Mekong.', Journal of ASTM International. 3(7), 3 - 8.

Lauhachinda, N.; Udomchoke, V.; Songsasean, A.; Homchan, U.; Piwapornkupt, P.; Suntharnranun, P.; McGilligan, J. F.; Keenan, H. E.; Gibson, M. D.; Gibson, G. & Gaines, A. F. (2006), 'The Environment of Thai-Laos Mekomg River (2001 - 2004).', Mekong Research for the People of Mekong. 10, 18 - 21.

 Lazaridis, N. K. & Keenan, H. (2010), 'Chitosan Beads as Barriers to the Transport of Azo Dye in Soil Column.', Journal of Hazardous Materials. 173, 144 - 150.

Sakultantemetha, A.; Keenan, H. E.; Dyer, M.; Beattie, T. K.; Bangkedphol, S. & Songsasen, A. (2009), 'Isolation of Tributyltin-Degrading Bacteria Citrobacter braakii and Enterobacter cloacae from Butyl-Polluted Sediment.', Journal of ASTM International. 6, 6.


Keynote and invited presentations

Co-Director: Environmental Pollution & Health Effects Group (EPHEG)

Member of East & S.E Asia forum for BAT/BEP Persistent Organic Pollutants (Implementation of Stockholm Convention)

Member of Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (CEECCA) forum for BAT/BEP Persistent Organic Pollutants (Implementation of Stockholm Convention)

Consultant to UNIDO for implementation of the Stockholm Convention in East & S.E Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

Consultant to UNIDO for instillation of regional facilities (E&SE Asia) for compliance monitoring for POPs.

Member of GESAMP (Global Experts Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Pollution)

Chair (UNIDO/GESAMP) Global working group on environmental mercury.

Secretary & Scientific Committee 4th International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments, Glasgow, July 2009.

Symposium leader ECOSUMMIT Beijing, China, May 2007.

Member of Scientific organising Committee & Keynote presenter.3rd Asian Pacific International conference on Pollutants Analysis and Control. December 12th -15th, 2005 Bangkok, Thailand

Keynote Presenter, 2nd Asian International Conference on Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. Sept 26-29th, 2004.

Organising Committee and Keynote speaker. International Workshop on Environmental Monitoring of the River: The Mekong Case Study, October 6-8th 2004, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand


Conference Contributions

  • Keenan, H.E., Dyer, M. and Bangkedphol, S., INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW OF THE THAI-LAOS MEKONG RIVER, Ecological Complexity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for 21* Century's Ecology. Abstracts From ECOSUMMIT 22nd - 25th May, 2007., pp. 72, May 2007
  • Sakultantimetha, A., Bangkedphol. , S., Keenan, H.E. and Songsasen, A., THE EFFECT OF KD AND KOC ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL FATE OF CADMIUN AND BENZO(A)PYRENE IN THE MEKONG RIVER, Ecological Complexity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for 21* Century's Ecology. Abstracts From ECOSUMMIT 22nd - 25th May, 2007., pp. 278, May 2007
  • Booth, P.H., Gaines, A., Keenan, H.E., Homchan, U., Lauhachinda, N. and Songsasen, A., THE POTENTIAL EFFECT OF DEVELOPMENT ON THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE THAI - LAOS MEKONG , Ecological Complexity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for 21* Century's Ecology. Abstracts From ECOSUMMIT 22nd - 25th May, 2007., pp. 30-31, May 2007
  • Keenan, H.E., Norris, G., Songsasen, A., Sakultantimetha, A. and Bangkedphol, S., MONITORING AND MODELING OF METALS, BIS-PHENOL A & PAH CONTAMINANTS IN THE THAI-LAOS MEKONG, Ecological Complexity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for 21* Century's Ecology. Abstracts From ECOSUMMIT 22nd - 25th May, 2007., pp. 156, May 2007
  • Songsasen, A., Bangkedphol. , S., Lauhachinda, N., Homchan, U., Udomchoke, V., Jiwapornkupt, P., Keenan, H.E., Gaines, A. and Tae, S., Seasonal Variation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Thai/Laos Mekong River, 2003-2004, 2nd Asian International Conference on Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, September 2004
  • Keenan, H.E., Determination of Kd and Koc for Oestrogens in Sewage Treatment and the impact on Environmental Fate., 8th International Conference on Protection and Restoration of the Environment, July 2006
  • Keenan, H.E., Dyer, M., Songsasen, A., Bangkedphol. , S. and Homchan, U., Environmental monitoring of the sediment pollution along the Thai : Laos Mekong, ASTM 3rd International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments, pp. 3, May 2006
  • Keenan, H.E., Oestogenicity of Bis-Phenol A in Landfill Leachate and Natural and Synthetic Hormones in Sewage Effluent., 3rd Asian Pacific International Conference on Pollutant Analysis and Control, December 2005
  • Keenan, H.E. and Norris, G., Environmental Monitoring and Modelling of Bis-Phenol A, 3rd Asian Pacific International Conference on Pollutant Analysis and Control, December 2005
  • Udomchoke, V., Songsasen, A., Homchan, U., Phanwichien, K., Jiwapornkupt, P., Sunthoraranun, P., Lauchinda, N., McGilligan, J.F., Keenan, H.E., Gibson, M.D., Gibson, G.W. and Gaines, A., The Thai:Laos Mekong River: Environment and the Health of Fish (2001-2004), 3rd Asian Pacific International Conference on Pollutant Analysis and Control, December 2005
  • Songsasen, A., Bangkedphol. , S. and Keenan, H.E., Synchronous Fluorescence spectroscopic Technique: The Tool for Rapid Identification of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) At Sub-ppm Level in Liquid samples , 4th International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis Modern Trends and Applications, October 2005
  • Keenan, H.E., Environmental Modeling of PAHs in the Mekong River., 2nd Asian International Conference on Ecotoxicology and Safety, September 2004
  • Songsasen, A., Bangkedphol. , S., Pornsilapatip, P. and Keenan, H.E., Comparative Evaluation of the Microwave-Assisted Extraction on Closed System and Sonication for the Extraction of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Sediments, 2nd Asian International Conference on Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, September 2004
  • Keenan, H.E., Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAHs) in the Thai/Laos Mekong River, 2000-2003, , 2nd Asian Pacific International Conference on Pollutants Analysis and Control, December 2003
  • Bangkedphol, S., Sakultantimetha, A., Keenan, H.E. and Dyer, M., Environmental fate, modelling and treatment process of tributyltin in environmental samples, Analytical Research Forum 2007, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Events

Mercury Emissions from Coal (MEC7) Strathclyde University, Glasgow, June 16 - 18, 2010

SEGH, Galway, Ireland, June, 2010

38th GESAMP Meeting, Monaco, May 2011

15th ICHMET, Gdansk, Poland, 19 - 23 Sept 2010

The 10th annual conference on mercury as a global pollutant, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, (ICMGP), July 2011.

Battelle: sixth international conference on remediation of contaminated sediments, New Orleans, Feb 2011.

Projects

  • KTA- Contaminated Land Remediation

    Keenan, Helen (Principal Investigator)

    Period 03-Oct-2011 - 28-Sep-2012
  • Knowledge Transfer Account / RA4794

    Keenan, Helen (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Oct-2011 - 30-Sep-2012
  • KTA - Knowledge Exchange Escalation by Research Master (MRes) Industrial Partner

    Keenan, Helen (Principal Investigator)

    Period 02-Aug-2010 - 30-Sep-2012
  • System Risks In Information-Rich Environments: Monitoring For Safe And Cost-Effective Operation (Bridging The Gap) / RA4422

    Estrada, Ernesto (Co-investigator) Estrada, Ernesto (Co-investigator) Keenan, Helen (Co-investigator)

    Period 23-Feb-2009 - 30-Apr-2010

Dr Helen Keenan

Teaching

Research Students

Sornnarin Bangkedphol (PhD awarded May 2010)

Edriyana Aziz (PhD awarded May 2010)

Arthit Sakultantimetha (O)

Olga Cavoura

Stephen McKay

Audrey Meikle

Keith Torrance

Panagiotis Fotis (Caledonian University)

Robert Cortis

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