Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Postgraduate



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Unconventional energy sources such as shale gas are beginning to play a major role in our energy landscape. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is currently under debate as to its environmental degradation potential. There are tremendous worldwide reserves of unconventional gas available in the form of shale and coal seam gas but relatively little environmental research has gone into understanding the long term effects of such activities.

David's project aims to develop novel techniques for characterising organic pollutants in waste streams. By combining multiple chemical analytical techniques this project aims to enhance our capabilities of determining the nature and source of pollutants derived from anthropogenic processes.

David is currently a PhD student within the Environmental and Water Resource Engineering section of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Imperial College. He is a member of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Civil Engineering and sponsored by the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Land and Water. Previously he has studied a Chemistry degree at University of Brisol and completed a Masters in Water and Wastewater Engineering at Cranfield University.

Supervisors: Dr Adrian Butler and Dr Geoff Fowler