Professor Stuart Harrad

Professor Stuart Harrad

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor of Environmental Chemistry

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Stuart is an environmental chemist whose research addresses all aspects of the environmental sources, fate and behaviour of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). He has particular interests in human exposure to POPs with a focus on indoor pathways. He is also active in research that explores the environmental forensics utility of chirality.


Stuart makes a significant contribution to the delivery of the BSc Environmental Science degree programme. He is module leader for:

  • GGM221 Environmental Transfer Processes, and
  • GGM341 Environmental Protection

He contributes to GGM109 Environmental Chemistry and Physics

He teaches on several other MSc programmes both within and external to GEES

Postgraduate supervision

Stuart Harrad’s specific research foci are: the assessment of human exposure and the significance of indoor contamination; and the exploitation of the chiral properties of POPs. His current research projects include:

Utilising the chiral properties of POPs as a tool for furthering understanding of their environmental sources, fate and behaviour
Assessing human exposure to POPs (internal and external)
Elucidating pathways via which brominated flame retardants migrate from products into indoor dust
Environmental fate and behaviour of POPs in UK lakes
Emissions of brominated micropollutants from steel making
Emissions of brominated flame retardants associated with the treatment of waste electronics, furnishings and building materials

Dr Harrad welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.


Recent publications


Wemken, N, Drage, D, Cellarius, C, Cleere, K, Morrison, J, Daly, S, Abdallah, M, Tlustos, C, Harrad, S & Coggins, M 2020, 'Emerging and legacy brominated flame retardants in the breast milk of first time Irish mothers suggest positive response to restrictions on use of HBCDD and Penta- and Octa-BDE formulations', Environmental Research, vol. 180, 108805, pp. 108805.

Harrad, S, Abdallah, M, Drage, D, Wemken, N & Coggins, M 2019, 'Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Drinking Water, Indoor Air and Dust from Ireland: Implications for Human Exposure', Environmental Science and Technology.

Harrad, S, Drage, D, Sharkey, M & Berresheim, H 2019, 'Brominated flame retardants and perfluoroalkyl substances in landfill leachate from Ireland', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 695, 133810, pp. 1-7.

Wemken, N, Drage, D, Abdallah, M, Harrad, S & Coggins, M 2019, 'Concentrations of brominated flame retardants in indoor air and dust from Ireland reveal elevated exposure to decabromodiphenyl ethane', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 53, no. 16, pp. 9826−9836.

Abdallah, MA-E, Nguyen, K-H, Moehring, T & Harrad, S 2019, 'First insight into human extrahepatic metabolism of flame retardants: biotransformation of EH-TBB and Firemaster-550 components by human skin subcellular fractions', Chemosphere, vol. 227, pp. 1-8.

Ganci, AP, Vane, CH, Abdallah, MA-E, Moehring, T & Harrad, S 2019, 'Legacy PBDEs and NBFRs in sediments of the tidal River Thames using liquid chromatography coupled to a high resolution accurate mass Orbitrap mass spectrometer', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 658, pp. 1355-1366.

Stubbings, WA & Harrad, S 2019, 'Laboratory studies on leaching of HBCDD from building insulation foams', Emerging Contaminants, vol. 5, pp. 36-44.

Abou-Elwafa Abdallah, M, Nguyen, K-H, Ebele, AJ, Atia, NN, Ali, HRH & Harrad, S 2018, 'A single run, rapid polarity switching method for determination of 30 pharmaceuticals and personal care products in waste water using Q-Exactive Orbitrap high resolution accurate mass spectrometry', Journal of Chromatography A.

Yang, C, Abdallah, MA-E, Desborough, J, Burniston, D, Tomy, G, Harrad, S & Marvin, C 2018, 'Trends in hexabromocyclododecanes in the UK and North America', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 658, pp. 861-867.

Christia, C, Poma, G, Harrad, S, De Wit, CA, Sjostrom, Y, Leonards, P, Lamoree, M & Covaci, A 2018, 'Occurrence of legacy and alternative plasticizers in indoor dust from various EU countries and implications for human exposure via dust ingestion and dermal absorption', Environmental Research.

Sharkey, M, Abdallah, MA-E, Drage, DS, Harrad, S & Berresheim, H 2018, 'Portable X-ray fluorescence for the detection of POP-BFRs in waste plastics', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 639, pp. 49-57.

Folarin, BT, Abdallah, MA-E, Oluseyi, T, Olayinka, K & Harrad, S 2018, 'Concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls in soil and indoor dust associated with electricity generation facilities in Lagos, Nigeria', Chemosphere, vol. 207, pp. 620-625.

Abdallah, M & Harrad, S 2018, 'Dermal Contact with Furniture Fabrics Is a Significant Pathway of Human Exposure to Brominated Flame Retardants', Environment International, vol. 118, pp. 26-33.

Drage, DS, Sharkey, M, Abdallah, MAE, Abdallah, MAE, Berresheim, H & Harrad, S 2018, 'Brominated flame retardants in Irish waste polymers: Concentrations, legislative compliance, and treatment options', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 625, pp. 1535-1543.

Review article

Tongue, ADW, Reynolds, S, Fernie, K & Harrad, S 2019, 'Flame retardant concentrations and profiles in wild birds associated with landfill: a critical review', Environmental Pollution, vol. 248, pp. 646-658.

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People's exposure to persistent toxic organic chemicals e.g. via inhalation and ingestion of dust and food; measuring levels of these chemicals; sources of persistent toxic chemicals, particularly in indoor environments


Exposure to persistent toxic organic chemicals, inhalation and ingestion of dust and food; measuring levels of these chemicals; sources of persistent toxic chemicals, particularly in indoor environments