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Personal Statement

Vernon Phoenix is Professor of Environmental Engineering Science and Director of the Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health (WESP).  He has expertise in environmental geochemistry and geomicrobiology, and has a broad interest in bacteria/biofilm-pollutant interactions, pollutant control in natural and engineered systems and in wastewater treatment.  He combines his skills in geochemistry and geomicrobiology to explore and control pollution behaviour in the environment.  This includes research into cement-making bacteria for plugging pollution transport pathways in the subsurface, capturing and immobilizing pollutants through bacterially generated minerals and the role of the bacterial surface as a reactive interface (metal adsorption surface).  This work extends to development of pro-microbial bio-enhanced water filtration technologies for urban systems.  He has significant expertise in a wide range of imaging methods, including electron microscopies and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, the later used to visualize pollution transport inside rocks, sediments and biofilms.  Outside of his work with pollutants, he continues his research in exobiology, for example, understanding how and where microbial life might be preserved on other planets.  He is always keen to talk to potential students, collaborators and industry about future projects.  He is available for consultancy.

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Research Output

Atmospheric transport and deposition of microplastics in a remote mountain catchment

Allen, S., Allen, D., Phoenix, V. R., Le Roux, G., Durántez Jiménez, P., Simonneau, A., Binet, S. & Galop, D., 1 May 2019, In : Nature Geoscience. 12, 5, p. 339-344 6 p.

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Open Access
  • 56 Citations (Scopus)
    24 Downloads (Pure)

    Microscopy and elemental analysis characterisation of microplastics in sediment of a freshwater urban river in Scotland, UK

    Blair, R. M., Waldron, S., Phoenix, V. R. & Gauchotte-Lindsay, C., 30 Apr 2019, In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 26, 12, p. 12491–12504 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    13 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Training day on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control for delegates from the Hebei Provincial Government

    Vernon Phoenix (Speaker), Richard Lord (Speaker), Elsa Joao (Speaker), Christine Switzer (Speaker), Charles Knapp (Speaker)
    5 Dec 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course