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Dr James Byrne

Dr James Byrne

Dr James Byrne
MPhys, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Environmental Mineralogy and Geomicrobiology

Office WMB Lewis Wing L128
School of Earth Sciences,
Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road BS8 1RJ
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Research summary

My research explores the links between magnetism and microbial processes in the environment supported by my multidisciplinary background in physics, geomicrobiology and environmental mineralogy. I apply a range of analytical approaches including spectroscopic, magnetic and electron microscopy based techniques to develop understanding about fundamental processes occurring in the environment, and also show how these bioinspired materials can be used for technological applications including remediation or targeted medical therapies. Some specific research areas include:

  • Iron mineral formation in the environment
  • Environmental magnetism
  • Electron exchange between bacteria and solid phase iron minerals
  • Contaminant remediation by redox active mixed valent minerals
  • Astrobiology and ...

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Mineralogy and Geomicrobiology having joined the University of Bristol in 2020. Prior to my arrival in Bristol, I completed an undergraduate physics degree (MPhys) at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, before completing a PhD in the field of Geomicrobiology at the University of Manchester. I then spent eight years at the University of Tübingen in Germany, initially as a Postdoctoral research associate before becoming a Junior Research Group leader.

My research combines mineralogy, magnetism, geochemistry and microbiology to explore the interactions of iron-metabolizing bacteria with iron minerals in the environment. My analytical ...

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