info@biochardemonstrator.ac.uk

Institutions & Staff

The Biochar Demonstrator is led by principal investigator, Professor Colin Snape, at the University of Nottingham, with support from colleagues at the University of Nottingham, Bangor University, the University of Leeds, Forest Research, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Scottish Universities Environment Research Centre. For more information about our staff, see the staff profiles below.

  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Leeds
  • Bangor University
  • SUERC
  • UK CEH
  • Forest Research

The University of Nottingham

Headshot of Colin Snape

Professor Colin Snape

Principle Investigator

With over 30 years of experience working on many aspects of carbonisation and solid fuels, together with biochar characterisation, Colin has led many EU, UK Government and research council projects including directing two Centres of Doctoral Training. He has played a prominent role coordinating energy research at Nottingham and across the Midlands universities, leading to the establishment of the Energy Research Accelerator in 2017 and now The Biochar Demonstrator.

Headshot of Will Meredith working in a laboratory

Dr William Meredith

Co-Investigator (Characterisation)

Will is a geochemist and environmental scientist and developed hydropyrolysis for the quantification of the pyrolytic (black) carbon in biochar and soils to assess carbon sequestration. He leads the work on characterisation of biochar

Headshot of Clement Uguna working in a laboratory

Dr Clement Uguna

Co-Investigator (Characterisation)

Clement is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering, with extensive experience in pyrolysis. His previous research includes conventional oil and gas and shale gas formation as well biomass conversion to solid and liquid fuels.

Icon of a person

Dr Cheng-gong Sun

Co-Investigator

Cheng-gong works extensively on new carbon materials for environmental applications and leads activities on hydrothermal carbonisation and activated carbons.

Headshot of Carol Morris

Dr Carol Morris

Co-Investigator (Social Science)

Carol is a human geographer with extensive experience of engagement with the farming community and a wide range of other agri-food system stakeholders; her work has examined sustainable intensification and farmer adaptation to policy and technological change.

Headshot of Catherine Price

Dr Catherine Price

Catherine is a Research Fellow in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. Her research investigates how stakeholders understand and know the environmental risks and opportunities of biochar, and how this knowledge informs their perspectives.

Icon of a person

Dr Helen West

Co-Investigator (Agriculture)

Helen’s work involves biomass residues and nutrient dynamics including biochar effects on N2O and CO2 production following soil amendments, effects on crop growth, N fixation and kinetics. She has conducted field trials in the UK and elsewhere and has soil microbial and agronomic expertise.

Headshot of Tom Bott

Dr Tom Bott

Tom is a soil scientist and microbiologist who researches nutrient cycling in soil. He is working with biochar to see if its addition to soils changes nutrient cycling which might then have an impact, positive or negative, on crop growth and soil health.

Headshot of Jon Mckechnie

Dr Jon McKechnie

Co-Investigator (LCA/TEA)

Jon’s research focuses on lifecycle assessment (LCA) and technoeconomic assessment (TEA) to inform the design and optimisation of sustainable energy systems.

Dr Disni Gamaralalage

Disni Gamaralalage obtained her doctorate from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2019 where she worked as a project researcher for 3 years undertaking life cycle assessments related to biomass-based processes. She joined the Biochar Demonstrator at University of Nottingham, UK as a research fellow in 2022.

Headshot of Paul Wilson

Professor Paul Wilson

Co-Investigator (Agriculture)

Paul is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and the Chief Executive of the Rural Business Research. He analyses trade-offs between net energy, financial returns and greenhouse gas emissions at the farm-level given different market, regulatory and policy scenarios; understanding farmer behaviour and attitudes toward growing dedicated energy crops, using co-products and toward different tillage techniques.

Headshot of Genevieve Hodgins

Dr Genevieve Hodgins

Project manager

Genevieve completed her doctorate on Carbon Capture and Storage at the University of Nottingham in 2020, and has since worked in environmental consultancy. She has a special interest in science promoting the circular economy.

Bangor University

Headshot of Dave Chadwick

Professor Dave Chadwick

Co-Investigator (Grassland)

Dave is a Professor of Sustainable Land Use Systems. He is an agriculture and environmental scientist with expertise in optimising nutrient use efficiencies, especially from organic resources, whilst minimising diffuse pollution to water and air.

Headshot of Davey Jones

Professor Davey Jones

Co-Investigator (Grassland)

Davey a Professor of Soil & Environmental Science with over 430 journal articles. He is funded by NERC, BBSRC, the Welsh Government, Defra and the EU and focuses on promoting carbon sequestration in agricultural systems, understanding factors regulating carbon cycling and GG emissions, developing ways to improve nutrient use efficiency in crops and soil microbial diversity and ecosystem functioning.

Headshot of Rob Brown

Dr Rob Brown

Rob is a post-doctoral researcher based in the School of Natural Sciences at Bangor University. He gained his PhD in Soil and Environmental Science in 2022 from Bangor University, where he focused on the relationship between the small molecule biochemical composition of soil and soil quality, using novel techniques (metabolomics, lipidomics and volatilomics). He is currently working to improve the understanding of biochar’s impact in grassland settings.

Headshot of Maria Majka

Maria Majka

Maria is a research support technician and a PhD student based in the School of Natural Resources at Bangor University. She completed her Master’s degree in Zoology and Conservation at Bangor University. She has worked on projects ranging from human impact on wildlife behaviour and distribution, to virus prevalence in waste waters. As part of the Biochar Demonstrator project, she will focus on long-term effects of biochar application on grassland health and ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration.

The University of Leeds

Icon of a person

Dr Timothy Cockerill

Co-Investigator (LCA/TEA)

Tim is the Chair in Efficient Energy Utilisation; recent work models TEAs for GHG reduction potential, scale-up of energy storage systems and novel hydrogen production technologies. Tim is the Chair in Efficient Energy Utilisation; recent work models TEAs for GHG reduction potential, scale-up of energy storage systems and novel hydrogen production technologies.

Dr Yuzhou Tang

Yuzhou Tang obtained his doctorate from Shandong University, China in 2021 where he investigated the techno-economics and the life cycle assessment of a range of GHG removal technologies. He joined the Biochar Demonstrator at the University of Leeds, UK as a research fellow in 2022.

Forest Research

Icon of a person

Tony Hutchings

Co-Investigator (Forestry)

Tony is the Head of Circular Economy at Forest Research, with 27 years of experience in remediation and reclamation of brownfield and contaminated sites back to greenspace end-uses. He is the Technical Director of C-Cure Solutions, a biochar spin-out company from Forest Research and the University of Surrey, which has four biochar related patents.

Scottish Universities Environment Research Centre

Icon of a person

Dr Philippa Ascough

Co-Investigator (Characterisation)

Philippa is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, and the Head of the NERC Radiocarbon Laboratory, with 20 years’ experience applying radiocarbon in environmental sciences, quantifying pyrogenic carbon, its chemistry and stability

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Icon of a person

Dr Katja Lehmann

Co-Investigator (Microbiology)

Katja is a microbial ecologist and bioinformatician with over 6 years’ experience in microbiological processes, focussing on how microbial communities respond and interact under different pollution conditions.