Originally from Austria, I graduated from the University of Vienna with a MSc. (distinction) and BSc. in Earth Sciences. After working for 6 months as a research assistant at the University of Leeds, I decided to continue my education here in the CDT programme.
My research so far has focused on heavy metal transformations in environmental systems. To understand mercury species transformations at an especially redox-active contaminated site, I have used mercury stable isotope analysis, chemical extractions and X-ray spectroscopic methods. Using chemical characterization from extractions and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, we can understand past transformations using stable isotopes. The integration of analytical tools in messy environmental systems interests me greatly. For my PhD, I will be moving into the field of bioenergy, applying my skills in metal analysis in complex matrices to understanding their dynamics in biomass wastes.
Why I chose the CDT in Bioenergy:
Coming from a geoscience background, I have wanted to transition into a more applied and more engineering-oriented environment. The CDT in bioenergy offers the support to do exactly that. The School of Chemical and Process Engineering is a great place to be to develop my technical skills; at the same time, the University of Leeds offers the opportunity to study environmental and climate change-related problems from a wide variety of angles, with a range of interdisciplinary initiatives.