Carl Boardman

Carl Boardman

Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Sciences within the Department of Engineering and Innovation; researching the carbon cycle and environmental impact of waste management processes and materials.

Background in biogeochemistry (PhD), understanding how natural ecosystems respond to climate change. This fundamental understanding of carbon cycling processes allows my research to cover both the natural and managed environments. Understanding the controlling variables on the breakdown of carbon based molecules and materials are at the core of my research activities. In particular, I have a focus on understanding how plastic products breakdown within different environments (e.g. composting, anaerobic digestion, terrestrial soils and the world’s oceans) and the impact their presence may have on the health of fauna and flora.

At the Open University I am the lead academic in the Biodegradability (aerobic and anaerobic) laboratories, which support externally funded grants (e.g. RCUK and Innovate UK) and students, as well as offering a range of commercial analytical services. He is also a member of the Ecosystems and Geobiology Laboratories Steering Group.

Outside of the Open University I am an elected member of The Organics Recycling Steering Group (Renewable Energy Association). I also work closely with Government departments on waste management policy in the area of biodegradable materials.

2014

DEFRA - Small Business Research Initiative - Phase 1. Innovative approaches to decreasing the environmental impact of biodegradable bags

DEFRA - Small Business Research Initiative - Phase 2. Innovative approaches to decreasing the environmental impact of biodegradable bags

Teaching commitments include:

Associated with:

Energy
Integrated Waste Systems
Waste Management


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