New PhD Student: Jing Zhang

Hi, I am from China. I gained my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Shandong University of Technology and then worked in Environmental Protection Agency as a chemist. I finished my Master’s project in Pollution and Environmental Control here at the University of Manchester. My PhD research title is ‘Iron oxide mineral cycling in the environment: Understanding links between abiotic, biological and electron transfer processes … Continue reading New PhD Student: Jing Zhang

International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) 2017

I recently had the opportunity to attend ICMGP 2017 in Providence, which was held over 6 days (Sunday 16th July to Friday 21st July) at the Rhode Island Convention Centre. The conference provided an opportunity to bring together scientific researchers, industry leaders and policy makers from over 50 countries. The Minamata Convention enters in to implementation phase this year. Its main objective is to ‘protect human … Continue reading International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) 2017

New PhD Student: Kejing Zhang

Hi, I am from China. I completed a BSc in Environmental Engineering in Hubei University of Technology. Following this I spent a year at the University of Manchester and achieved an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control. My PhD research is on the Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Nuclear Facilities. Outside of research I enjoy traveling and tasting local food from different countries. I also … Continue reading New PhD Student: Kejing Zhang

Bluedot festival

The Bluedot festival was held over 7-9 July at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.  Along with the headliners the Pixies, Orbital and Alt-J was an array of science including our very own Life at the Extremes stall located in the Planet Field. The aim of the stall was to help people understand what life need to exist on Earth and how developing our knowledge of extreme … Continue reading Bluedot festival

Life at the Extremes outreach event at Discover Space, UK Space Conference 2017

A few months ago I had an idea for a new stall to help explain our research to the general public, themed around life in extreme environments.  With the help of a team of volunteers and some funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Microbiology Society I was able to run the event for the first time at Discover Space, the public engagement … Continue reading Life at the Extremes outreach event at Discover Space, UK Space Conference 2017

Using novel high pressure bioreactors to probe the microbiology of shale gas extraction

Hydraulic fracturing is widely used in the US for the production of shale gas. This approach uses horizontal drilling with pumping water-based fluids at high pressure to artificially fracture the host rock and allow the gas to flow freely. The UK government is looking to exploit its own shale gas reserves using this same method. It is important to understand how microbial activity may affect … Continue reading Using novel high pressure bioreactors to probe the microbiology of shale gas extraction

Oxford AnXAS Conference

Recently several group members attended the 8th Actinide XAS conference (AnXAS 2017) held at The Queen’s College, the University of Oxford. AnXAS is a three day workshop showcasing speciation, techniques and facilities for radioactive materials at various synchrotron light sources. The Queen’s college is an impressive warren of grand buildings, gardens and passageways. Although there were more chandeliers, portraits and stone fireplaces just in the … Continue reading Oxford AnXAS Conference