Dr Neil Burnside
- Research Fellow (Systems Power & Energy)
I am a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow within the School of Engineering. I joined the School in November 2014 as a PDRA, and was awarded a Fellowship in 2017. Prior to this, I took a year out (2013-2014) to focus on my health (I've suffered various complications since contracting Lyme Disease in 2009) and worked as a part-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh (2010–2013). I received my BSc in Earth Sciences from the Univeristy of Glasgow's School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES) in 2006 and my PhD from the Scottish Universities Envrionmental Research Centre (SUERC) and GES in 2010.
I am a geoscientific engineer who works in the fields of sustainable energy development and environmental resilience. My main research focus is the advancement of novel analytical approaches for resource characterization. I’m particularly interested in elucidation of ground water systems for geothermal energy and drinking water resources. Broad topics of interest include:
- Renewable low-carbon heat and power
- Creative resource characterization
- Ground water engineering
- Carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS)
- Energy system integration
My research covers the fundamental and applied aspects of:
- Environmental diagnostics (particularly hydrogeochemistry)
- Ground / surface water systematics
- Engineered remediation design (e.g. mine water treatment)
- Thermal energy storage
- Geological engineering
- Stable and radioactive isotope chemistry
- Multiparameter analytics
- Structural Geology
- Environmental science
Selected Grant Awards: Principal Investigator
2018 Scottish Funding Council (SFC) GCRF (SFC/AN/15/2017): Multidisciplinary investigation of the socio-environmental impacts of non-regulated gold mining (NRGM) on communities in Chocó, Colombia.
2017 SFC GCRF (SFC/AN/15/2016): Geothermal Understanding in Developing Economies (GUIDE): Strengthening relationships and building baseline data in the East African Rift Valley.
2017 SFC GCRF (SFC/AN/15/2016): Building Sustainable Futures in Africa: Using Capacity-Strengthening Activities to Design and Pilot Methods for Cross-Disciplinary Research.
2016 EPSRC GCRF ISF (EP/P510968/1): Reconciling low-carbon energy and sustainable water use: geothermal development in Ethiopia.
2015 Glasgow Research Partnership in Engineering: Unconventional & low-carbon energy in Canada: technical, environmental, regulatory and outreach learnings for Europe.
Co-Investigator / WP Lead
2018 - 2020 ESRC-Colciencias (ES/S001883/1): Colombia River Stories: Improving socio-environmental understandings for building sustainable peace PI: Dr Mo Hume, School of Political and Social Sciences.
2018 SFC GCRF (SFC/AN/15/2017): An Integrated Energy System for co-generation of electricity and heat for drying agricultural products. PI Nader Karimi, School of Engineering.
2017 - 2020 EPSRC GCRF (EP/P028829/1): Geothermally Sourced Combined Power and Freshwater Generation for Eastern Africa (Combi-Gen) PI: Dr Zhibin Yu, School of Engineering.
2017 - 2019 British Academy GCRF (CI170271): Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA) PI: Prof Mike Osbourne, School of Education.
2015 - 2018 EU H2020 LCE (Η2020-LCE-2014-1-640896)*: Shale gas Exploration and Exploitation induced Risks (SHEER).
2016 - 2020 EU H2020 LCE (H2020-LCE-2015-2-691728)*: Demonstration of soft stimulation treatments of geothermal reservoirs (DESTRESS).
2014 - 2017 EU H2020 RFCS (RFCR-CT-2014-00001)*: Low-carbon after-life for coal mines (LOCAL).
*Grants awarded to Prof Paul Younger. I was supported by project consortia and advanced to formal Glasgow lead following Paul's retirement.
I lead a thriving and dynamic research group of 2 PDRA's and 5 PhD's. I have previously / currently supervise PhD students tackling the following challenges:
- Utilisation of shallow ground water resources for heating / cooling applications
- Assessment of deep geothermal resources in Central Scotland
- Thermal behaviour of deep ground waters
- Evaluation and application of mine water geothermal
- Integration of renewable heat resources into district heating networks
If you are keen to work in areas corresponding to my research interests above, then please get in touch. I particularly welcome correspondence from prospective students with an interest in challenge-led multi-disciplinary approaches.
- ENG2080: Geology for Civil Engineers 2
- ENG4173: Renewable Energy 4
- Course leader of ENG2080: Geology for Civil Engineers 2