In this research theme we address the period of Earth history that is beginning to be known as the anthropocene, where the impact of mankind on our planet has caused distinct changes. From fossil fuels, the mainstay of our energy systems, through to new developments in unconventional oil and gas, as well as the capture and storage of the carbon dioxide produced, this theme tackles some of mankind’s most pressing societal and technical challenges. Renewable energy is represented by groups working on bioenergy and geothermal, with further expertise in extraction of both conventional mineral resources and recovery of valuable metals from, and the reuse of, waste materials. Research drives our Theme, with the industry recognised Centre for Research into Earth Energy Systems (CeREES) and the internationally leading Durham Energy Institute (DEI) actively participating; our enthusiasm for this topic is strongly reflected in our teaching.
Chris Greenwell ♦ Andy Aplin ♦ Mark Allen ♦ James Baldini ♦ Kevin Burton ♦ Gillian Foulger ♦ Jon Gluyas ♦ Dave Harper ♦ Stuart Jones ♦ Darren Gröcke ♦ Colin Macpherson ♦ Simon Mathias ♦ Dave Selby ♦ Fred Worrall