Project Details


Our research focuses on the the characterisation of mineral-water-organic matter reactions in surface and subsurface environments By combining the techniques of geochemical, aqueous, mineralogical and microbiological research approaches.

Based in the Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, the MES group is a vibrant collection of cross-disciplinary scientists, based in world-class laboratories and conducting both fundamental and applied research. We use cutting edge tools, including synchrotron and genomics techniques, to advance our understanding of mineral cycling, organic and inorganic geochemistry, geomicrobiological processes, and radionuclide (bio)geochemistry.

Our key Research themes include:

- Environmental mineralogy (Shaw, Coker, Taylor)
- Geomicrobiology (Lloyd, Nixon, Pittman, Robinson)
- Organic (bio)geochemistry (Van Dongen, Boult)
- Environmental radioactivity (Morris, Neill, Livens, Heath)
- Biogeochemistry of toxic trace elements (Polya, Richards)
- Water (Boult, Lowe)
StatusNot started

Collaborative partners

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • geochemistry
  • environmental microbiology
  • water
  • arsenic
  • environmental radioactivity
  • environmental mineralogy
  • organic geochemistry

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Dalton Nuclear Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Advanced materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Global inequalities


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