Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Tom Arnot

Contact details

Room: Wessex House 7.17
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386707
EmailT.C.Arnot@bath.ac.uk

Dr Tom Arnot

BSc, PhD, ARCS

Profile

Dr Tom Arnot studied for a BSc in Microbiology at Imperial College London and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Reading. He has worked at the University of Bath since 1991.

Tom was Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for eight years and has contributed extensively to the development of the IChemE Whynotchemeng campaign.

He has acted as external examiner for over 25 PhD candidates in the UK and internationally, and is currently an external examiner for an undergraduate degree programme in Biopharmaceutical Technology.

Research

Tom's research falls into two main areas: the first is sustainable water and waste water treatment, and the second is novel drug delivery systems for healthcare and food applications.

He collaborates nationally and internationally, and has received funding from a wide range of sources including the EPSRC, the EU Framework programmes, and various industrial partners.

Tom has a track record in the development of membrane technology and membrane bioreactor systems (MBRs) for the treatment of municipal and industrial waste water streams.

The motivation is to enhance sustainability through reduction in energy consumption of membrane and MBR systems via improved membrane systems and materials, and also via manipulation of microbial physiology in MBRs to reduce sludge production and develop micro-organisms capable of degrading recalcitrant compounds. This work has recently involved demonstration projects in North Africa and the Middle East region.

Current projects include:

  • Development of new methods for detection and treatment of priority micro-pollutants; with Wessex Water and Dr Kasprzyk-Hordern in Chemistry
  • Algal photo-bioreactors for simultaneous carbon capture, waste water treatment, and high added value product recovery; an EPSRC KTA project with Prof Rod Scott in Biology & Biochemistry, Prof Matt Davidson in Chemistry, and Aragreen (UK) Ltd
  • New membrane materials for low energy performance and reduced environmental impact in ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis applications; with Dr Davide Mattia in Chemical Engineering
  • Biotechnology for Africa’s sustainable water supply; EU FP7 programme with 15 partners across Europe and Africa

The second main area of work involves the development of responsive or “smart” drug delivery technologies for healthcare applications. In particular we are interested in the formulation of structured emulsion systems for the selective delivery of bacteriophage and antibiotics to target wound infections in burns victims.

  • Encapsulated phage for treatment of burns and wound site infections; an EPSRC Healthcare Partnership project with Dr Toby Jenkins in Chemistry, Dr Amber Young at Frenchay Hospital, and Prof Mark Enright at AmphilPhi Biosciences Ltd.

Teaching

  • Biology & Bioprocesses
  • Process Dynamics, Modelling & Control
  • Environmental Management
  • Technical Review
  • Research Projects
  • Advanced Biochemical Engineering
  • MEng Final Design Projects

Publications

Articles

Coma, M., Martinez-Hernandez, E., Abeln, F., Raikova, S., Donnelly, J., Arnot, T., Allen, M., Hong, D. D. and Chuck, C. J., 2017. Organic waste as a sustainable feedstock for platform chemicals. Faraday Discussions

Perez Esteban, P., Jenkins, A. T. A. and Arnot, T. C., 2016. Elucidation of the mechanisms of action of Bacteriophage K / nano-emulsion formulations against S. aureus via measurement of particle size and zeta potential. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 139, pp. 87-94.

Alves, D., Pérez Esteban, P., Kot, W., Bean, J., Arnot, T., Hansen, L., Enright, M. and Jenkins, A., 2016. A novel bacteriophage cocktail reduces and disperses Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms under static and flow conditions. Microbial Biotechnology, 9 (1), pp. 61-74.

Alves, D., Gaudion, A., Bean, J., Pérez Esteban, P., Arnot, T. C., Harper, D. R., Kot, W., Hansen, L. H., Enright, M. C. and Jenkins, A. T. A., 2014. Combined use of bacteriophage K and a novel bacteriophage to reduce Staphylococcus aureus biofilm. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 80 (21), pp. 6694-6703.

Pérez Esteban, P., Alves, D., Enright, M. C., Bean, J. E., Gaudion, A., Jenkins, A. T. A., Young, A. E. R. and Arnot, T. C., 2014. Enhancement of the antimicrobial properties of bacteriophage-K via stabilisation using oil-in-water nano-emulsions. Biotechnology Progress, 30 (4), pp. 932-944.

Skouteris, G., Arnot, T., Jraou, M., Feki, F. and Sayadi, S., 2014. Modelling energy consumption in membrane bioreactors for waste water treatment in North Africa. Water Environment Research, 86 (3), pp. 232-244.

Griffen, J., White, J., Kociok-Kohn, G., Lloyd, M., Wells, A., Arnot, T. and Lewis, S., 2013. New aminocyclitols with quaternary stereocentres via acylnitroso cycloaddition with an ipso,ortho-arene dihydrodiol. Tetrahedron, 69 (29), pp. 5989-5997.

Jraou, M., Feki, F., Arnot, T., Skouteris, G. and Sayadi, S., 2013. Application of membrane bioreactor technology for urban wastewater treatment in Tunisia:Focus on treated water quality. Sustainable Sanitation Practice, 2013 (14), 7.

Skouteris, G., Arnot, T. C., Feki, F., Jraou, M. and Sayadi, S., 2012. Operation of a submerged aerobic membrane bioreactor for decentralised municipal wastewater treatment in North Africa. Water Practice & Technology, 7 (3).

Lee, K. P., Arnot, T. C. and Mattia, D., 2011. A review of reverse osmosis membrane materials for desalination-development to date and future potential. Journal of Membrane Science, 370 (1-2), pp. 1-22.

Bullen, R. A., Arnot, T. C., Lakeman, J. B. and Walsh, F. C., 2006. Biofuel cells and their development. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 21 (11), pp. 2015-2045.

Howell, J. A., Chua, H. C. and Arnot, T. C., 2004. In situ manipulation of critical flux in a submerged membrane bioreactor using variable aeration rates, and effects of membrane history. Journal of Membrane Science, 242 (1-2), pp. 13-19.

Howell, J. A., Arnot, T. C. and Liu, W., 2003. Membrane bioreactors for treating waste streams. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 984 (Advanced Membrane Te), pp. 411-419.

Howell, J. A., Arnot, T. C. and Chua, H. C., 2003. Turnup turndown of membrane operation of membrane bioreactors. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 984 (Advanced Membrane Te), pp. 492-501.

Howell, J. A., Arnot, T. C., Chua, H. C., Godino, P., Hatziantoniou, D. and Metsamuuronen, S., 2002. Controlled flux behavior of membrane processes. Macromolecular Symposia, 188 (Polymer Membranes), pp. 23-35.

Chua, H. C., Arnot, T. C. and Howell, J. A., 2002. Controlling fouling in membrane bioreactors operated with a variable throughput. Desalination, 149 (1-3), pp. 225-229.

Liu, W., Howell, J. A., Arnot, T. C. and Scott, J. A., 2001. A novel extractive membrane bioreactor for treating biorefractory organic pollutants in the presence of high concentrations of inorganics: application to a synthetic acidic effluent containing high concentrations of chlorophenol and salt. Journal of Membrane Science, 181 (1), pp. 127-140.

Arnot, T. C., Scott, J. A., Howell, J. A. and Liu, W., 2001. Extraction-membrane bio-reactor for treating priority pollutants in the presence of inorganics. Membrane Technology, 2001 (133), pp. 4-7.

Freger, V., Arnot, T. C. and Howell, J. A., 2000. Separation of concentrated organic/inorganic mixtures by nanofiltration. Journal of Membrane Science, 178 (1-2), 185–193.

Arnot, T., Field, R. W. and Kolutniewicz, A. B., 2000. Cross–flow and dead–end microfiltration of oily–water emulsion. Part II: Mechanisms and modelling of flux decline. Journal of Membrane Science, 169 (1), pp. 1-15.

Platt, S., Chaudhuri, J., Arnot, T. and Carpenter, K. J., 1997. Emulsion breakage using hydrophilic membranes as a coalescing aid. Acta Polytechnica Scandinavica. Chemical Technology and Metallurgy Series.

Scott, J. A., Howell, J., Arnot, T., Smith, K. L. and Bruska, M., 1996. Enhanced system k L a and permeate flux with a ceramic membrane bioreactor. Biotechnology Techniques, 10 (4), pp. 287-290.

Arnot, T. and Zahir, N., 1996. Membrane bioreactors as an alternative to conventional waste water treatment processes. Resource and Environmental Biotechnology, 1 (2), pp. 145-162.

Koltuniewicz, A. B., Field, R. W. and Arnot, T., 1995. Cross-flow and dead-end microfiltration of oily-water emulsion. Part I: Experimental study and analysis of flux decline. Journal of Membrane Science, 102, pp. 193-201.

Field, R., Hang, S. and Arnot, T., 1994. The influence of surfactant on water flux through microfiltration membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, 86 (3), pp. 291-304.

Reports/Papers

Arnot, T., Crittenden, B., Plucinski, P. and England, R., 2008. Submarine integrated waste management system. Unpublished.

Conference or Workshop Items

Abeln, F., Arnot, T. and Coma, M., 2016. Chemicals Recovery from Food Waste. In: ChemEngDayUK 2016, 2016-03-31 - 2016-04-01, University of Bath.

Forgacs, G., Law, I. and Arnot, T., 2015. An accelerated restart strategy for two stage anaerobic digestion systems: Simulation, lab-scale, and full-scale study. In: 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, 2015-11-15 - 2015-11-18.

Forgacs, G., Law, I. and Arnot, T., 2015. Development of a food waste anaerobic digestion model using BioWin. In: 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, 2015-11-15 - 2015-11-18.

Arnot, T., Skouteris, G., Jraou, M., Feki, F. and Sayadi, S., 2015. Modelling energy consumption in membrane bioreactors for waste water treatment in North Africa. In: Emerging Frontiers for Sustainable Water trilateral conference between South Africa, India and the United Kingdom, 2015-08-03 - 2015-08-05, University of Johannesburg.

Pérez Esteban, P., Enright, M. C., Jenkins, T. and Arnot, T., 2014. Effect of nano-emulsions and bacteriophage/nano-emulsion formulations on S. aureus and P. aeruginosa growth patterns in biofilms. In: Phages 2014, 2014-09-16 - 2014-09-18.

Arnot, T., Skouteris, G., Jraou, M., Feki, F. and Sayadi, S., 2014. Modelling energy consumption in membrane bioreactors for waste water treatment in North Africa. In: WaterBiotech, 2014-01-08 - 2014-01-10, Université Cadi Ayyad.

Perez Esteban, P., Alves, D., Enright, M., Jenkins, A. and Arnot, T., 2014. Investigation of the relative effects of Nano-emulsion and Bacteriophage / Nano-emulsion formulations on S. aureus and P. aeruginosa growth patterns in biofilms. In: Viruses of Microbes 2014: Structure and function, from molecules to communities, 2014-07-14 - 2014-07-18, Zurich.

Perez Esteban, P., Jenkins, A. and Arnot, T., 2014. STABILISATION OF BACTERIOPHAGE-K IN OIL-IN-WATER NANO-EMULSIONS FOR THE TREATMENT OF BURN WOUND INFECTIONS. In: Exploiting Bacteriophages for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Medicine 2014, 2014-01-24 - 2014-01-24.

Perez Esteban, P., Jenkins, A. and Arnot, T., 2013. Enhancement of the Antimicrobial Properties of Bacteriophage K via Stabilisation in Oil-in-Water Nano-emulsions. In: Phages 2013, 2013-09-10 - 2013-09-12.

Perez Esteban, P., Jenkins, A. and Arnot, T., 2013. Stabilisation of Bacteriophage K in oil-in-water nano- emulsions for the treatment of burn wound infections. In: European Congress of Chemical Engineering/European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (ECCE9/ECAB2), 2013-04-21 - 2013-04-25.

Perez Esteban, P., Jenkins, A. and Arnot, T., 2013. Stabilisation of Bacteriophage K in oil-in-water nano- emulsions for the treatment of burn wound infections. In: ChemEngDayUK 2013, 2013-03-25 - 2013-03-26.

Perez Esteban, P., Jenkins, A., Enright, M. and Arnot, T., 2011. Development of Responsive Wound Dressings for Treatment of Burns and Wound Site Infections. In: 11th UK Particle Technology Forum, 2011-12-04, University of Loughborough.

Arnot, T., 2008. Aerobic Membrane Bioreactor Technology. In: ProMembrane International Conference, 2008-05-04 - 2008-05-06.

Arnot, T., 2008. Design and Optimisation of Aerobic Membrane Bioreactors. In: ProMembrane International Conference, 2008-05-04 - 2008-05-06.

Arnot, T., 2008. Manipulation of Microbial Physiology in Membrane Bioreactors. In: International Symposium on Biotechnology, 2008-05-04 - 2008-05-08.

Arnot, T., 2007. Membrane bioreactors: technology, design and application. In: Technologies for Industrial Wastewater Treatment & Reuse in the Mediterranean Region, 2007-05-24 - 2007-05-26.

Arnot, T., 2006. Membrane Bioreactors for Waste Water Treatment. In: VIII Spring Postgraduate Membrane School, 2006-04-23 - 2006-04-26.

Howell, J. A., Chua, H. C., Arnot, T. and Sim, M. C., 2001. Near Critical Flux Operation of Membrane Bioreactors under Dynamic Load. In: United Engineering Foundation Conference on Advanced Membrane Technology, 2001-10-14 - 2001-10-19.

Arnot, T., 2001. Operating Membrane Bioreactors under Varying Flux Conditions. In: NAMS 2001, 2001-05-15 - 2001-05-20.

Plucinski, P., Arnot, T., Howell, J. A., Weisman, M. and Gilron, J., 2001. Removal of Organic Contaminants from High-Salt Industrial Streams using Micellar Enhanced Membrane Filtration. In: Engineering With Membranes, 2001-01-01.

Non-academic press

Arnot, T. and Scott, R., 2016. Research Notes:Farming algae to treat wastewater. Water & Wastewater Treatment

Hofman, J., Arnot, T. and Lanham, A., 2016. A vision of water in a circular economy. AWE International

Other

Scott, R., Arnot, T. and Davidson, M., 2012. Using Algae in the Wastewater Treatment Process: Sustainable Technology at the University of Bath. University of Bath.

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