Richard Gill

Electrokinetic-enhanced bioremediation of contaminated soil and groundwater

Phd Research Student

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Current research interests

This project will focus on the application of Electrokinetics (EK) to enhance bioremediation of organic contamination in soils and groundwater. EK involves inserting electrodes into the subsurface and sending a low voltage electric current between them to induce different phenomena such as electroosmosis and ion migration. These processes can be manipulated to allow the control and movement of nutrients and microorganisms to support the biodegradation of contaminants. To date the main body of research has focussed mainly on the application of EK to soil-based problems and contaminants in low-permeability zones. This study will seek to address this by examining a number of different variables associated with the technology and its application to groundwater such as, system design, physical media, environmental conditions, treatment types and in particular the reaction of the microbial community to these factors.


Richard graduated with a BSc (Hons) for Environmental Science with a Year in Industry from the University of East Anglia in 2009; his placement year was spent working at a research centre in Queensland, Australia conducting field trials on evaporation mitigation technologies. After his degree he obtained a temporary post at Liverpool John Moores University on a project assessing the level of public awareness regarding the impact of lead in the water supply on the development of young children. In 2010 Richard took a position as a Knowledge Transfer Associate between Teesside University and Petroplus investigating innovative and cost effective methods of bioremediation for heavy fuel oil spills until June 2011.