Dr Frances Pick

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research Associate

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+44 114 222 5732

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Dr Frances Pick
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Room D106
Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Broad Lane Building)
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Frances graduated from Lancaster University in 2014 with a Masters degree in Sustainable Water Management, and subsequently joined the water research group at The University of Sheffield as a STREAM engineering doctorate student. Her EngD research developed an assimilable organic (AOC) test that could be used to routinely and extensively sample AOC within operational drinking water distribution systems.

In 2019, Frances became a Research Associate in Drinking Water Biofilm Management and Monitoring. As part of this role, Frances has worked on a number of research and industry funded projects which have focused on how to monitor and manage the microbial quality of water from the water treatment works to reaching the customers tap.

Most recently, Frances led the operation of the full-scale drinking water pipeline test facility at the University of Sheffield, to explore the impact of intermittent water supply on drinking water quality. Frances has continued to explore the relationship between AOC, microbial growth and drinking water quality within drinking water distribution systems.


BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences, 2013: Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster.

MSc Sustainable Water Management, 2014: Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster.

EngD, 2019: The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. Department of Civil and Structural Engineering. Thesis entitled: ‘Understanding the Impact of Assimilable Organic Carbon on Biological Stability and Biofilm Development within Drinking Water’.

Research interests
  • Biofilm monitoring and management
  • Drinking water quality -
  • Nutrients in drinking water -
  • Drinking water distribution systems

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Pick FC, Fish KE, Mosses J & Boxall JB (2018) Development of Assimable Organic Carbon Assey and Field Application within Drinking Water Treatment. WDSA / CCWI Joint Conference 2018, 23 July 2018 - 25 July 2018. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Water Engineering

Water Distribution Research Group

Sheffield Water Centre