Dr. Phil Renforth

Dr. Phil Renforth    Associate Professor

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, UK

    Office: JN 2.15

    Phone:+44 (0)131 451 8354

    Email: P.Renforth@hw.ac.uk

    Research Profile: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=TaWhvvgAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao 



Dr. Phil Renforth is an engineer and geochemist interested in understanding how reacting carbon dioxide with rocks and minerals may be able to help prevent climate change. Phil currently leads two UKRI research grants on the Greenhouse Gas Removals Programme.

  • Guest Editor for Negative Emissions Special Issue in Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change (2018/2019).
  • Editorial Board Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology.
  • Scientific Committee for the international conference on negative CO2 emissions.
  • Co-organiser Engineering Group Geological Society Annual Conference 2018. Phil is also involved in organising the 2019 Annual Conference which will be held in Cambridge in April. Phil sits on the Geological Society: Engineering Geology Committee
  • Scientific Council for the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre.
  • Part of the Editorial Board for Civil Engineering, and Lead Editor for Special Issue on ‘Research to Practice’.


Research interests

His research expertise and interests include Enhanced Weathering, Negative Emission Technologies and Alkaline Waste.


Recent Publications:

  1. Gore, S., Renforth, P., Perkins, R., (2018) The potential environmental response to increasing ocean alkalinity for negative emissions Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11027-018-9830-z.
  2. Mayes, W.M., Riley, A.L., Gomes H.I., Brabham, P., Hamlyn, J., Pullin H., Renforth P. (2018) Atmospheric CO2 sequestration in iron and steel slag: Consett, Co. Durham, UK. Environmental Science and Technology. 52, 14, 7892-7900.
  3. Renforth, P. and Henderson G.M. (2017). Assessing ocean alkalinity for carbon sequestration. Reviews of Geophysics. 55, doi:10.1002/2016RG000533.
  4. Montserrat F., Renforth P., Knops P., Leermakers M., and Meysman F.J.R. (2017) Olivine dissolution in seawater: proxies, processes and potential. Environmental Science and Technology. 51 (7) 3960-3972. Doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05942.

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