Dr. María Romero- González

Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry

Director of Collaborative Programmes


Room number: C13b
Telephone (internal): 27994
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 7994
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 7994
Email: M.E.Romero-Gonzalez@Sheffield.ac.uk

María Romero-González obtained a degree and MSc in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science of La Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela. She worked as a Lecturer in Chemistry in Venezuela before coming to the U.K. In 2001, she completed her PhD in Analytical Chemistry between Chemistry at Sheffield Hallam University and Chemical Engineering at The University of Sheffield. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering and joined the Geography Department in August 2015 as a Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry

Research Interests

María’s expertise is built around a core of rigorous chemistry theory and experimentation applied to complex systems. The research approach includes the use of surface-sensitive spectroscopic techniques to elucidate chemical bonding and mechanisms at the bacteria-solid-water interface.

Focus of research area

  • The influence of interfacial chemical structure and bonding on reactions involving mineral and cell surfaces.
  • Studies at molecular scale of the structure and bonding of contaminants on living surfaces, soils, sediments and water for biomineralisation, biorecovery and bioremediation.
  • The development and application of novel polymeric materials for improving agri-food technologies.

Current Research

  • Sensors for the detection of nutrients in water: developing polymers for the detection of phosphate and nitrate.
  • Agri-Food technologies:
    Development of advanced agrichemical formulations for targeted delivery to soil
    Resilient food supply chains – reducing environmental impact and improving sustainability
  • Biomineralisation for improving environmental and human health
  • Bioremediation and biorecovery of rare earth metals, radionuclides and heavy metals


Teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate level is related to the understanding of physical, chemical and microbiological processes that pollutants undergo in the environment. The content of modules include quantification of processes, practical use of analytical techniques, statistics and reporting to end-users.

Current modules include:

  • GEO245 Environmental Pollution and Quality
  • GEO249 Spain field class
  • GEO390 Professional skills in Environmental Sciences
  • GEO397 Natural and Environmental Hazards
  • GEO6803 Professional Skills for Development

María has a teaching collaboration with the University of Granada, Spain, where I contribute to the delivery of Post-graduate teaching for the Masters in Microbiology and PhD in Microbiological Sciences Programmes.

Other Information

Maria is the Director of Collaborative Programmes and the Environmental Sciences Programme. She is a member of the following committees:

  • Departmental Laboratory steering group
  • Faculty of Social Sciences Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Women in TUoS

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