Prof. Steven Banwart

BIGRAD  ROLE: Co-Investigator

AFFILIATION: University of Sheffield, Kroto Research Institute

Kroto Research Institute, North Campus, University of Sheffield, Broad Lane, Sheffield S3 7HQ
+44 (0) 114 222 5742

Prof. Steven Banwart is an international research leader in mineral and cell surface chemistry, reactive transport and redox geochemistry of nuclear waste disposal. He leads the University of Sheffield Cell-Mineral Research Centre organised across 6 science and engineering departments, PI of a NERC consortium grant on biological weathering of minerals, Co-I of an EPSRC Programme Grant on Bio-Mineral Interfaces, Co-I on the EPSRC DIAMOND Nuclear decommissioning consortium and Co-I on the Nuclear Fission Innovation, Research and Technology Doctoral Training Centre. He is also a Co-I on the EPSRC platform grant on Groundwater Pollution and Restoration: From Microscale to Policy.  He is Director of the Kroto Research Institute, a cross-disciplinary engineering and science research facility and he is University Director of Research for Energy and Environment.  He is the General Secretary of the European Association of Geochemistry and is Chair of the Steering Committee for the NERC Facility for Environmental Nanoparticle Analysis and Characterisation (FENAC). A recent achievement has been establishment as PI of an international network of Critical Zone Observatories for soils research ( and recent award of an EPSRC Feasibility Account on Bioengineering from First Principles. He has over 100 publications, is co-author of the most downloaded article from J. Contaminant Hydrology, is a regular contributor to Environmental Science & Technology and is on the editorial board of Microbial Biotechnology.

Prof Banwart leads two strands of research. One is the molecular science of cell-mineral interactions, particularly the role of cell wall and extracellular macromolecules in cell-mineral interfacial chemistry. The other strand is applied research on soil processes and application to sustaining soil ecosystem services. Within BIGRAD, Prof Banwart provides expertise in pollution chemistry and the reactive transport of radionuclides in soils and aquifers. His work is publicised in three 2010 invited contributions setting our key research agendas. These are J Royal Society Interface on the bioengineering of multi-use soils, the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation on the key role of environmental science in understanding pathogen movement in the environment for public health, and in Elements, the international news magazine of Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Petrology, with a news report on the recently established international network of Critical Zone Observatories for soils research.

European Association of Geochemistry (2010). European, American and Chinese Geoscientists tackle global soil threats. Elements, 6(4), August 2010, p. 262.
De Jong J.T., Soga K., Banwart S.A., Whalley W.R., Ginn T.R., Nelson D.C., Mortensen B.N., Martinez B.C. and Barkouki T. (2010). Soil engineering in vivo: harnessing natural biogeochemical systems for sustainable, multi-functional engineering solutions. J.R. Soc. Interface.
Zhang Z., Pen Y., Edyvean R.G., Banwart S.A., Dalgliesh R.M. and M. Geoghegan. (2010).  Adhesive and conformational behaviour of mycolic acid monolayers. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Biomembranes, 1798, 1829-–1839.

Hodson A., Cameron K., Bøggild C., Irvine-Flynn T., Langford H., Pearce D. and Banwart S.A. (2010). The structure, biological activity and biogeochemistry of cryoconite aggregates upon an Arctic valley glacier: Longyearbreen, Svalbard. J. of Glaciology, 56, 196, 349-362.
Bridge J.W., Oliver D.M., Chadwick D., Godfray H.C.J., Heathwaite, A.L., Kay D., Maheswaran R., McGonigle D.F., Nichols G., Pickup R., Porter J., Wastling J. and Banwart S.A. (2010). Engaging with environmental science for public health benefits: waterborne pathogens and diseases in the developed world. Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, Invited Perspectives contribution, accepted for publication.
Andrews J.S., Rolfe S.A., Huang W.E., Scholes J.D., and S.A. Banwart (2010). Biofilm formation in environmental bacteria is influenced by different macromolecules depending on genus and species. Environmental Microbiology, accepted for publication.

W. E. Huang, Mengqiu Li, Roger M. Jarvis, Royston Goodacre and Steven A. Banwart (2010). Shining light on the microbial world: the application of Raman microspectroscopy, Advances in Applied Microbiology, 70, 153-186.

Elliott D., Scholes J., Thornton S.F., Rizoulis A., Banwart S.A., Rolfe S. (2010). Changes in microbial community structure and function in phenol-degrading microcosms inoculated with cells from a contaminated aquifer. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 71(2), 247-259.