The Centre for Research in Energy and the Environment is a multidisciplinary group with applied research expertise in environmental monitoring, taggant development, labels and sensors, advanced water and air treatment technology, and environmental catalysis.

The research is primarily directed towards solving problems and technology transfer and involves consultancy, industrial partners and national and international collaborations, With purpose built laboratories incorporating a range of advanced optical/laser equipment, excellent analytical facilities, materials processing and a range of advanced water treatment reactors and sensors, CREE is a flexible and diverse research facility.

The multidisciplinary centre is split into sub-themes of:

  • Environmental Sensing & Monitoring
  • Water Sustainability

The environmental sensing subgroup group develops environmental sensors and tracers for detecting a range of compounds in air, water and soil, and has been involved in the development of reference materials and monitoring regimes. The sensors developed are mainly based on spectroscopy and electrochemical technologies allowing remote or in-situ detection. Novel taggants have also been developed which can be utilised in a wide range of applications not only in environmental monitoring and tracer studies but also as security taggants and as medical labels.

The group also carries out industrial consultancy to the oil industry developing, optimising and exploiting the chemistry/biology of target species and detection systems to solve a range of problems giving complete integrated solutions.

CREE's research has applications in the areas of:

  • Oil and gas, including analysis and remediation of drilling fluids and cuttings;
  • Marine monitoring and sampling regimes;
  • Development of a range of novel sensors;
  • Development of a range of novel tracers, including soil and sediment monitoring;
  • Clean technologies, including water treatment and improved analytical methodologies;
  • Electroanalytical chemical development, including novel sensors for novel drugs and a range of environmental applications;
  • Photocatalysis, including photoremediation and photodegradation.

CREE members have interests in the field of:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mechanical and Electronic Engineering
  • Optoelectronics and Environmental Scientists 

Current projects

  • Enhancement of sensitivity of compounds by modifying the surface of the electrode with Graphene
  • Investigation of mechanisms
  • Formate brines,
  • CabotCensis
  • EPSRC - Photocatalysis for Organic Synthesis
  • EPSRC – Bioethanol

Recent projects 

  • KTP - Cabot Bowmore Harbour project
  • Feasibility on NDT for defects in pipe coatings
  • S3C Horizon (Sensors) -International collaboration in chemistry
  • POC - Genespark Thermodynamics Investigation
  • KTP - SureClean
  • NEAT - Fireballs 
  • EPSRC – Enhancing Direct Photoelectrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide
  • POC – Sterile Surfaces


Research Staff

  • Morgan Adams

    Morgan Adams

    Morgan Adams is a Research Fellow working on an collaborative EPSRC project to design and develop photocatalytic reactor units in conjunction with St Andrews University and the California Institute of Technology.  

  • Christine Edwards

    Christine Edwards

    Research with emphasis on cyanobacterial toxins, and their occurrence and fate in the environment.  

  • Carlos Fernandez

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    Carlos is a Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences. He is a member of the IDEAS Research Institute as part of the Energy, Environment and Sustainability group  

  • Linda Lawton

    Linda Lawton

    Prof. Lawton has a specific interest in natural toxins produced in water by cyanobacteria.  

  • Cathy McCullagh

    Cathy McCullagh Profile

    Cathy's main research interests lie within the field of environmental chemistry, specifically photochemistry and within this coatings and reactor development  

  • Simon Officer

    Simon Officer

    Dr Officer is a lecturer at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences. He has research interests in the area of lanthanide complexes, environmental tracers and taggants.  

  • Radhakrishna Prabhu

    Radhakrishna Prabhu

    Current research areas are in Biosensors and Instrumentation, Environmental Sensing and Monitoring, Clean Technology.  

  • Kyari Yates

    Kyari Yates 1

    Kyari is a lecturer at the school of Pharmacy and Life Sciences. His research interest lies in environmental chemistry with a particular emphasis on fate, distribution and effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and passive sampling methodologies in various matrices.  

  • Research Students

  • Lucky Barau

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    Investigating the development of a medical waste management policy in Nigeria.  

  • Kaushalkumar Bhavsar

    Kaushal profile

    Researching a novel hybrid sensor system with environmental monitoring applications.  

  • Laura Cruickshank


  • Vivek Viswambaran

    Vivek Viswambaran

    Investigating the development of a patient friendly minimally-invasive blood glucose sensor.  

  • Stuart Waddell

    Stuart Waddell

    Stuart is a lecturer at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.  

  • Current Associates/Visiting Researchers/External Collaborators

    • Prof. Colin Moffat, 
    • Prof. Detlef Bahnemann
    • Prof. Michael Hoffmann
    • Prof. Russell Howe
    • Prof. Andrew Mills
    • Prof. John Walton
    • Prof. John Irvine
    • Dr. Siv Howard
    • Mr. Colin Stewart
    • Dr. Ahmadi Tehrani
    • Dr. Marc Stutter