Dr Phil Renforth
Co-Investigator, Heriot-Watt University
Dr Phil Renforth is an Associate Professor in the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions at Heriot-Watt University. He holds a masters in civil and environmental engineering (2007), and a PhD in civil (geoenvironmental) engineering (2011, both from Newcastle University, UK). He was a James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, before becoming a lecturer in engineering geology at Cardiff University. Dr Renforth’s research combines skills in civil and chemical engineering, engineering geology, and geochemistry to investigate methods of atmospheric CO2 removal through reaction with rocks and minerals. This includes connecting experimental work from bench-top to pilot scale, with technology and environmental impact assessment. In 2019 he co-founded and now co-chief edits of the world’s first dedicated publication on carbon removal (Frontiers in Climate: Negative Emission Technologies) and is the science coordinator for the UK’s greenhouse gas removal research programme. He is a contributing author to Working Group III 6th Assessment Report from the IPCC.