Current Members


Dr Anke Neumann ― Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering

PhD from ETH Zurich (Dr. sc. ETH); MSc in Chemistry (ETH Zurich, Dipl. Chem. ETH)

CV (12 February 2021)


Harry Brooksbank ― PhD student (10/2017 ― present)

MSc in Geoscience – Environmental (Durham University)

Project: Assessing the sustainability of Fe-bearing clay mineral redox reactions for application in engineered systems

Nikolaos (Nikos) Apeiranthitis ― PhD student (10/2017 ― present)

MSc in Petroleum Engineering (Technical University of Crete, Greece); BSc in Geology and Geoenvironment (University of Athens, Greece)

PhD project: Understanding the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in UK reservoirs

main supervisor : Prof Chris H Greenwell

Katherine (Kat) Neate ― PhD student (10/2018 ― present)

MSc in Environmental Engineering (Newcastle University)

PhD project: Quantifying the Importance of Different Sources of Diffuse Pollution in Mining-Impacted Rivers

main supervisor: Dr Adam Jarvis; IAPETUS studentship with CASE Partners British Geological Survey and Environment Agency

Christos Vasilopanagos ― PhD student (10/2018 ― present)

MSc Economic Geology (Nordic Mining School; Oulu, Finland, Luleå, Sweden); BSc (Hons) Geology (University of Athens, Greece)

PhD project: Clay minerals and sandstone reservoirs; implications for fines migration and EOR

main supervisor : Prof Chris H Greenwell

Margaret (Maggie) White ― PhD student (10/2019 ― present)

BSc (Hons) in Geology (University of Manchester)

PhD Project: Harnessing microbially mediated redox processes for sustainable water treatment

co-supervisor: Dr James Kitson

Dr Alina Udall ― Postdoc (01/2021 ― present)

PhD from Bath University; Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Southampton); MSc in Forensic & Biological Anthropology (Bournemouth University); BSc in Forensic & Crime Scene Science (Bournemouth University)

Project: Advancing Circular Economy (ACE) Research and Development Demonstrator project

co-advisor: Dr Diana Gregory-Smith

Dr James (Jim) Entwistle ― Postdoc (06/2021 ― present)

PhD from Newcastle University; MSc (Distinction) in Hydrogeology (University of Birmingham); BSc (Hons) in Earth Sciences (University of Glasgow)

Project: Advancing Circular Economy (ACE) Research and Development Demonstrator project

in collaboration with: Dr Jaime Amezaga, Prof David Werner

Former Members


James (Jim) Entwistle ― PhD student (10/2015 ― 06/2021)

MSc (Distinction) in Hydrogeology (University of Birmingham); BSc (Hons) in Earth Sciences (University of Glasgow)

Project: Degradation of chlorinated contaminants by Fe(II)-reduced clay minerals

Panagiota Adamou ― PhD student (4/2016 ― 10/2020)

MSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Seville); BSc in Biology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Project: Assessing Tertiary Treatment Technologies for Reducing Antibiotic Resistance Genes Abundance and Diversity in Domestic Wastewater Treatment Effluents

main supervisor: Prof David Graham


Katherine A. Rothwell ― PhD student (10/2014 ― 06/2019)

MSc (Distinction) in Environmental Consultancy (Newcastle University); BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Durham University)

PhD Project: From the lab to the real world: Fe redox reactions in complex biogeochemical environments

Now Postdoc at ETH Zurich


Dr Khalid Zakaria ― Postdoc (8/2015 ― 9/2017)

PhD from Newcastle University; MSc in Environmental Engineering (Newcastle University); PG Diploma in Environmental Engineering (Baath University); BEng in Civil Engineering (Baath University)

Project: Cleaning water with mud: clay minerals producing reactive oxidizing species

Now: Postdoc at Newcastle University, Material and Manufacturing


Dong Cheng ― visiting PhD student (11/2016 ― 04/2017)

MSc in Environmental Science and Engineering (China University of Geosciences); BSc in Environmental Engineering (China University of Geosciences)

Project: The production of hydroxyl radicals during the oxygenation of mackinawite nanoparticles and its oxidizing impact

main supervisor: Prof Songhu Yuan

Now Lecturer at Zhejiang University of Technology, China

Dr Wojciech Mrozik ― Postdoc (11/2015 ― 4/2016)

PhD from the University of Gdansk (Poland); MSc in Environmental Protection (University of Gdansk, Poland)

Project: Smart reactive sorbents for the removal of emerging contaminants