Rob holds a Masters of Science in Geochemistry from the University of St Andrews and a Bachelor's of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of Leeds, obtained in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
During 2019 he completed a volunteer placement in Uganda with Voluntary Services Overseas, where he and fellow volunteers facilitated training in vocational skills for youth groups, ran career's events, raised awareness of the UN's 2015 sustainable development goals and initiated studies into clean water initiatives.
Mr Colston joined Cranfield University Water Science Institute as a PhD Researcher in September 2019. His work is focused on "Enhanced bio-minerals production using catalysts to accelerate resource recovery in wastewater treatment plants". The viability of using bio-catalysts to enhance struvite precipitation from bacterial treatment of wastewaters is being tested. And an investigation into how bacteria will respond to multi-culutural systems in wastewater treatment plants at the Cranfield University Pilot Hall and the Severn Trent Pilot works in Spernal. This work is co-sponsored by the EPSRC, Severn Trent Water and Microvi Technology, whom Rob would like to thank for their continued support and advice.
Articles In Journals
- Leng Y, Colston R & Soares A (2020) Understanding the biochemical characteristics of struvite bio-mineralising microorganisms and their future in nutrient recovery, Chemosphere, 247 (May) Article No. 125799.
- Simoes F, Colston R, Rosa-Fernandes C, Vale P, Stephenson T & Soares A (2020) Predicting the potential of sludge dewatering liquors to recover nutrients as struvite biominerals, Environmental Science and Ecotechnology, 3 (July) Article No. 100052.