In 2016, I graduated from the University of the West of England with a BSc in Environmental Science. This had a strong focus on renewable energy and conservation biology. After graduating I secured a job as an analytical chemist for Slickers Recycling Ltd. which gave me industry level lab experience as well as providing me with a wide range of knowledge in analytical methods.
I am currently researching the use of aquatic macrophytes in phytoremediation and their use as alternative fuels in developing countries. Increased agricultural run-off in developing countries has led significant increase in invasive macrophytes which can be disruptive and damaging to local ecosytems. These macrophytes are under exploited and could be used as a feedstock for bioenergy and other by-products. I believe that bioenergy and by-products have a significant role to play in the future energy market, especially in developing countries where biomass is still a significant fuel source.
Why I chose Bioenergy CDT
My aim has always been to pursue a career in research and the bioenergy course allows a large amount of freedom that other forms of research don’t and coming straight from a BSc I have been fortunate to integrate my masters into the process. Being part of a cohort has made this process smooth and enjoyable. The group dynamic ensures that we all feel included and are happy to help each other.