Prof. Phil Renforth

Professor - Associate Director of Carbon Dioxide Removal

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

Office: DB 2.54


Research Profile


Prof. 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’.

Roles & Responsibilities

Research interests

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