Contact Gareth Brown

Areas of expertise

  • Water Science and Engineering

Background

Gareth gained a first class honours masters of engineering (MEng) from the University of Bath. During his time at Bath, Gareth conducted a research project into using microwave heated autoclaves to produce nanomaterials. This successfully reduced reaction times from 14 days to 24 hours. In this project Gareth gained first hand experience working with analytical devices such as, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and nuclear magnetic resonance NMR. As part of the his Masters, Gareth worked on a design project focusing on resource recovering  in mid-scale sewage works (35,000 PE). In this project Gareth conducted the design of a Struvite crystallisation unit.

  

Current activities

Gareth is currently pursuing a PhD in Water at Cranfield. His research work focuses on the development and implementation of innovative rural wastewater treatment technologies in temperate climates. Gareth has specialised in the optimisation of psychrophilic anaerobic digestion and understanding how to integrate the scientific understanding into the design of anaerobic baffled reactors and treatment wetlands. During his PhD, Gareth has designed, commissioned and operated five independent pilot-scale treatment systems, consisting of three intensified constructed wetlands and two anaerobic baffled reactors, located in Cranfield's National Water and Wastewater Treatment and Testing Facility.