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Durham University

Department of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Deborah Rowe, BSc PhD

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Technical Operations Manager in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42387
Room number: E211 (Christopherson)

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Deborah Rowe is the Technical Operations Manager, and Health & Safety Co-ordinator in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, having taken up the post in January 2017.

She was formerly the Laboratory Superintendent and Safety Co-ordinator at Queen’s Campus with responsibility for the 10 teaching laboratories and research laboratories managed by the School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health. She enjoyed 4 years with colleagues setting up the new Pharmacy degree at the Campus.

Deborah joined the technical team at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus in the year 2000 and became Technician Team Leader (School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences) in 2002, moving to the role of Laboratory Superintendent in the School of Medicine Pharmacy & Health in October 2012.

Following a CASE award PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath entitled “Biosorption of heavy metals over granular activated carbon; use of bacterial biofilms for decontamination of waste water” Deborah undertook a 3 year post-doctoral research post in Manchester on a LINK funded £0.5M project (with industrial sponsors; Zeneca, Unilever, and BNFL) to investigate the factors important in the microbial fouling of surfaces.

Deborah read Biological Sciences at Bath, specialising in Microbiology, and enjoyed two industrial research placements; at Unilever Research at Colworth House investigating microbial physiology, and at Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association investigating rapid methods for bacterial enumeration.

Selected Publications

Conference Proceeding

  • Rowe, DL, Scott, JA & Tavares, T (1996). Exploitation of metal biosorption over granular activated carbon. Proceedings of the 46th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference.
  • Rowe, DL & Scott, JA (1995). The optimisation of biofilm coated activated carbon for metal adsorption.

Edited Journal

  • Scott Weber, A (1996). Use of granular activated carbons as biofilm supports for co-decontamination of contaminated streams. Hazardous and Industrial Wastes, Technomic Publishing Co., Lancaster, USA.

Journal Article

  • Verran, J, Rowe, DL & Boyd, RD (2003). Visualisation and measurement of nanometer dimension surface features using dental impression materials and atomic force microscopy. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 51(3): 221-228.
  • Boyd, RD, Cole, D, Rowe, D, Verran, J, Paul, AJ & West, RH (2001). Cleanability of soiled stainless steel as studied by atomic force microscopy and time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. Journal of Food Protection 64(1): 87-93.
  • Verran, J, Rowe, DL & Boyd, RD (2001). The effect of nanometer dimension topographical features on the hygienic status of stainless steel. Journal of Food Protection 64(8): 1183-1187.
  • Boyd, RD, Cole, D, Rowe, D, Verran, J, Coultas, SJ, Paul, AJ, West, RH & Goddard, DT (2000). Surface characterisation of glass and poly (methyl methacrylate) soiled with a mixture of fat, oil and starch. Journal of adhesion Science and Technology 14(13): 1195-1207.
  • Verran, J, Rowe, DL, Cole, D & Boyd, RD (2000). The use of atomic force microscope to visualise and measure wear of food contact surfaces. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 46(2): 99-105.
  • Rowe, DL & Scott, JA (1996). Removal of toxic metals from water streams by biofilm coated activated carbon. Proc. 10th Forum for Applied Biotechnology 61(4): 1879-1888.
  • Scott, JA, Karanjkar, AM & Rowe, DL (1995). Biofilm covered granular activated carbon for decontamination of streams containing heavy metals and organic chemicals. Minerals Engineering 8(1-2): 221-230.
  • (1994). Activity of the plasma membrane H+-ATP is a key physiological determinant of thermotolerance. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Microbiology 140(8): 1881-1890.
  • Scott, JA, Karanjkar, AM & Rowe, DL (1994). Exploitation of biofilm covered granular activated carbon for enhanced removal of metals. Resources Conservation and Environmental Technologies in Metallurgical Industries 345-356.

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