University of Edinburgh


Research Interests

  • Application of NMR spectroscopy and FT-ICR mass spectrometry in environmental sciences
  • peatlands characterisation
  • complex mixtures analysis
  • NMR methodology development
  • benchtop NMR.

Expertise: high resolution analytical techniques such as Nuclear Magnetic Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Mass Spectrometry, complex mixture structural characterisation, molecular tagging and nD NMR pulse sequence design.

The focus of my research the molecular make up of natural organic matter (NOM) in peatlands. NOM is a major component of organic rich soils and has a major role in many biogeochemical processes such as carbon storage. Due to the fact that NOM exists as a complex mixture of thousands of molecules many of the structural functional relationships remain elusive. Of particular concern is how the molecular composition of peat NOM is affected by processes of degradation, peat loss and regeneration.  As a NERC Soil Security Research Fellow I aim to develop methodologies to study this complex mixture in order to create an assessment tool to determine the status of peatlands in Scotland.

Research Interests

My research interests include peatland catchment dynamics; isotopic tracer studies and contaminant uptake by food crops; metal/nutrient geochemistry; radionuclide transport in near-surface environments; characterisation of natural organic matter (NOM); development of novel methods for NOM (soil/sediment/water) extraction and fractionation as well as state-of-the-art methods for characterizing humic substances (HS); development/testing/implementation of fit-for-purpose contaminant remediation strategies.

Research Interests

  • Biogeochemical cycling
  • Treatment of mine drainage in wetlands
  • Sustainable urban drainage
  • Hydrochemical processes in upland catchments

Research Interests

Dr. Heal’s research group uses a combination of field measurements, laboratory experiments and modelling to investigate some of the fluxes and chemical processes that occur within the lower atmosphere and the impacts of these on the terrestrial environment and on human health. The group has a particular focus on measurement and modelling of air pollution for assessment of health effects and mitigation measures.

Profile and publications lists:

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Research Interests

Andy is Executive Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), an international low carbon innovation centre at the University of Edinburgh, with hubs in Edinburgh and Hong Kong that supports entrepreneurs and innovative enterprises on green technology.

He is co-Director of the Scottish Centre of Expertise on Climate Change (ClimateXChange), an initiative established by the Scottish Government to improve climate and energy policy development and implementation. He was a non-executive member of the Scottish Government’s “Climate Change Delivery Board”, which oversees delivery of Scotland’s stretching emission reduction targets, and is on the Executive Group of the National Centre for Resilience. His public policy work has focused on developing effective sub-national and city frameworks that support reduction in dependence on fossil fuels, greenhouse gases and build resilience.

Previously, Andy worked in the private sector, trading energy/carbon in Europe and Asia, and developing new businesses including instigating renewable energy supply chains for transport fuels, developing renewable energy projects internationally, and working with multi-national corporations to develop both strategic and practical management responses to emerging environmental legislation.

Research Interests


  •  earthquake hazard
  • earthquake predictability
  • non-linear dynamics and statistical mechanics of earthquake sources
  • earthquake triggering

Rock Physics:

  •  fluid flow in fractured media
  • fracture scaling
  • fluid-rock interactions during deformation
  • coupling of mechanical, chemical and hydraulic processes
  • time-dependent deformation

Research Interests

  • Computational chemistry
  • density functional theory
  • molecular dynamics
  • molecular crystals
  • hydrometallurgy
  • porous materials
  • energetic materials

Research Interests

Aqueous environmental and microbial geochemistry of metals; coupled fluid flow and rock deformation. Thermodynamics of metal adsorbtion and mechanisms of metal uptake onto bacterial cells. Metal pollution and biogeochemistry in constructed wetlands, and in coastal settings, including the geochemistry of lanthanides. Fluid-rock interactions, time-dependent failure and fluid flow in the brittle crust, with application to sediment diagenesis, fault seal problems and rock weathering.

Research Interests

  • Wastewater bioremediation with filamentous algae (NERC) in collaboration with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS);
  • Development of a novel biofilter for aquaculture wastewater remediation in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College SRUC and FishfromGB (Scottish Funding Council);
  • Molecular level characterisation of dissolved organic matter for improved water treatment (EPSRC CASE studentship) in collaboration with the School of Chemistry, School of Geosciences at UoE and Scottish Water;
  • Application of biochar for rice husk gasification wastewaster treatment in Cambodja in collaboration with the School of Geosciences at UoE (SNV Netherlands Development Organisation)
  • Fouling and cleaning of forward osmosis, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes;
  • Organic trace contaminant removal in water treatment and anaerobic digestion with ZVi nanomaterials;
  • Removal of helminth eggs in waste stabilization ponds.

Research Interests

Interaction between surface processes (erosion and sedimentation), mountain building and basin subsidence. The growth of topography in mountain ranges. Using numerical modelling to analyse the punctuated nature of surface uplift. Processes of long term erosion are measured using a range of low temperature thermochronometers, enabling us to question the forcings and response times of surface processes to climate and tectonics. The products of the erosional engine in the mountain belt are then studied as stratigraphy in surrounding basins. Analysis and modelling of the subsidence history of foreland basins. Understanding Mountain Belt/Foreland Basin systems using a range of approaches, which are also applied to issues of hydrocarbon prospectivity. Funding comes from research councils, science foundations and industry. Active field areas include the Alps, Pyrenees, Carpathians, Balkans, Ladakh Himalaya and the Rockies.

University of Edinburgh Profile

Research Interests

  • Geographical Information Science; hydrology.
  • GIS supported methods to solve practical problems of land and water resource management.
  • GIS applications for developing nations.

Current Projects

  • Conserving pine woodland biodiversity in Belize through community fire management, change in pine woodland cover in southern Belize (1974-2014)
  • Mapping of urban green infrastructure in Malaysia, 1990-2010.

Research Interests

  • NMR spectroscopy
  • mass spectrometry
  • analysis of complex mixtures
  • molecular structure and dynamics
  • carbohydrate structure
  • protein-carbohydrate complexes
  • NMR pulse sequence development

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