Professor Steve Thornton

Biodegradation of organic contaminants, dual porosity aquifers, landfill leachate and the design of reactive barriers for landfills

Professor of Environmental Engineering Science

Steve Thornton

Kroto Research Institute
North Campus, University of Sheffield
Broad Lane
S3 7HQ
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)114 22 25744
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 5701
Room: G08

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Prof. Steve Thornton is a Professor of Environmental Engineering Science in the Dept of Civil & Structural Engineering and leads the Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group. He has over 20 years experience in contaminant hydrogeology, with particular research interests in laboratory, field and modelling studies of natural attenuation processes and performance assessment, biodegradation of organic contaminants in groundwater, the transport and fate of pollutants in dual porosity aquifers, in situ/ex situ bioremediation processes, technologies and applications, innovative assessment methodologies for contaminated field sites, attenuation of landfill leachate in clay liners and aquifers, and the design of engineered reactive barriers for landfills.

He is the course co-ordinator for a number of masters level courses:

  • MSc in Environmental Management of Urban Land and Water
  • MSc in Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • MSc in Urban Water and Environmental Management

For more information on these courses, please follow this link to visit the GPRG courses web page.

GPRG courses

Selected external activities

  • Visiting Professor in the College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University
  • Associate Editor of international journal Groundwater
  • Member, CL:AIRE Technology and Research Group
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London

Current research interests

Project portfolio