Contact Ben Exton


Benjamin (Ben) Exton is a PhD student in Water Sciences at Cranfield University.

Ben's research is primarily on sewage fungus, water quality, river health, and the environmental impacts of airport de-icing. His research includes both laboratory and field work covering river periphyton and biofilm sampling and analysis; river water sampling & monitoring; microbiological growth kinetics; analytical chemistry; and pilot scale environmental/weather simulations. He has also helped supervise and provide technical/practical support to several MSc students and internship students.

Ben received an MChem (Master of Chemistry) at Bangor University in 2019. Outside of research, Ben is an avid outdoors enthusiast - hiking, camping, bushcraft, and watersports - teaching and inspiring Scouts through his volunteering.

Current activities

Ben is currently completing various laboratory projects, writing research for publication & his thesis, alongside assisting in supervising MSc students' thesis projects.

Ben's research focuses on sewage fungus - and the role airport de-icers play in this with the project sponsor, Heathrow Airport - and river health / water quality.

Project Title: Investigating the transport, fate and ecological impacts of airport de-icers.


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