Dr Phil Renforth

Dr Phil Renforth


School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 9672
3.16, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


  • Carbon sequestration
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Carbon negative technologies
  • Engineering Geology
  • Applied Geochemistry


Google Scholar


Lecturer in Engineering Geology: Cardiff University (2014 – present)

James Martin Fellow: University of Oxford (2011 – 2014)

Research Associate: Newcastle University (2011)

PhD: Newcastle University (2011)

Graduate Engineer: MWH, Newcastle upon Tyne (2007)

MEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering: Newcastle University (2007)

Professional memberships

  • Geological Society
  • Institution of Civil Engineers

Module leader:

  • EA3123 – Engineering Geology (3rd/4th Year)
  • EAT104 – Engineering Behaviour of Soils (MSc)
  • EAT103 – Geotechnical Engineering (MSc)

Contribute to:

  • EAT108 – Transferable Skills
  • EAT110 – AEG Dissertation supervision
  • EAT101 – Project Planning, Design and Management
  • EA1122/1124 – Earth Science Skills (essential numeracy/physics)

My research interests are focused on using geochemical engineering to create develop and assess novel solutions to major challenges facing human society. In particular:

  • Carbonate formation in anthropogenic soils as a method of carbon sequestration and pollution remediation.
  • Enhanced weathering and ocean alkalinity as carbon negative technologies.

Dissertation supervision:

I welcome enquiries from students who are interested in research projects on carbon sequestration through mineral dissolution, enhanced weathering/ocean alkalinity carbon storage, urban soils/’made ground’, and biogeochemical processes for ground improvement.