Dr Joanna Renshaw


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in April 2014 as a Senior Lecturer. I am a microbiologist and radiochemist with extensive experience of research into microbial interactions with radionuclides and metals, working at the interface between microbiology and analytical & radio-chemistry.

My research is mainly focused on understanding how microorganisms can affect the chemistry and transport of radionuclides in the environment. These microbial effects can be exploited to develop novel methods for limiting the migration of radionuclide contaminants in the environment and to treat radioactive wastes.

Other recent research projects have investigated the interactions of silver nanoparticles with bacterial biofilms, remediation of petroleum contaminants and microbial transformations of metals.


Emerging investigator series : a holistic approach to multicomponent EXAFS: Sr and Cs complexation in clayey soils
Bots Pieter, Comarmond M Josick, Payne Timothy E, Gückel Katharina, Lunn Rebecca J, Rizzo Luca, Schellenger Alexandra EP, Renshaw Joanna C
Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts (2021)
A systematic study of element mobilisation from gas shales during hydraulic fracturing
Otalega I, Apte SC, King J, Dobson KJ, Shipton ZK, Renshaw JC
Goldschmidt 2020, pp. 2002 (2020)
Desiccation behaviour of colloidal silica grouted sand : a new material for the creation of near surface hydraulic barriers
Pedrotti Matteo, Wong Christopher, El Mountassir Gráinne, Renshaw Joanna C, Lunn Rebecca J
Engineering Geology Vol 270 (2020)
Geochemical evidence for the application of nanoparticulate colloidal silica gel for in-situ containment of legacy nuclear wastes
Bots Pieter, Renshaw Joanna C, Payne Timothy E, Comarmond M Josick, Schellenger Alexandra EP, Pedrotti Matteo, Calì Eleonora, Lunn Rebecca J
Environmental Science: Nano Vol 7, pp. 1481-1495 (2020)
Decommissionable concrete? Adsorption of radionuclides by removable bio-mineralised hydroxyapatite layers
Cumberland Susan, Renshaw Joanna C, Turner Ronald J, Lunn Rebecca J, Hamilton Andrea
Goldschmidt2019 (2019)
The DISTINCTIVE university consortium : structural integrity
Lunn Rebecca, Hamilton Andrea, Pedrotti Matteo, Bots Pieter, Wong Christopher, El Mountassir Grainne, Renshaw Joanna, Maddalena Riccardo, Zhao Cheng, Sun Li, Stolkin Rustam, Fairweather Michael, Tovey Lois, Boxall Colin, Hriljac Joseph, Hyatt Neil, Kaltsoyannis Nikolas, Lee William, Read David, Scott Thomas
44th Annual Waste Management Conference (WM2018) 44th Annual Waste Management Conference, pp. 6195-6209 (2018)

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Professional activities

BBC Radio Scotland Brainwaves Programme “Beyond the Bomb”
Welsh Government Nuclear Task & Finish Group
Dream Job Day
UK Dept for International Trade – UAE workshop
Changyun Roh
Ednei Assuncao Antunes Coelho

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PANAMA: Plasma Accelerators for Nuclear Applications and Materials Analysis (panama) - National Nuclear User Facility Phase 2
Renshaw, Joanna (Principal Investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) Bots, Pieter (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Winwood, Robert
Renshaw, Joanna (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) White, Chris (Co-investigator) Winwood, Robert (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
VisNET: Virtual in situ networking to reinvent the rules of international collaborations and reduce gender differences in academic careers
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Renshaw, Joanna (Co-investigator)
Programme Director on EPSRC Inclusion Matters funded project to evidence barrier to women's careers in STEM and pilot interventions to promote remote working methods
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2021
STEM Equals (EPSRC Inclusion Matters)
MacGregor, Scott (Principal Investigator) Carter, Sara (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Pyne, Susan (Co-investigator) Renshaw, Joanna (Co-investigator) Rivers, Ian (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
VisNET: Virtual in situ networking to reinvent the rules of international collaborations and reduce gender differences in academic careers
Renshaw, Joanna (Principal Investigator) Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Co-investigator)
VisNET: Virtual in situ networking to reinvent the rules of international collaborations and reduce gender differences in academic careers (Inclusion Matters)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
Prosperity Partnership: Delivering Enhanced Through-Life Nuclear Asset Management
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Andrea (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Renshaw, Joanna (Co-investigator) West, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2022

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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