Luke Townsend, Manchester

I hail from Chorley, arguably Lancashire’s greatest town, and made the short trip down the road to the University of Manchester to study my undergraduate degree; MChem – Chemistry with Industrial Experience.

After working in the nuclear industry for Amec Foster Wheeler, I joined Louise Natrajan’s group working with fluorescence based techniques in my masters project entitled ‘Upconverting Nanophosphors as Biosensors’.


I decided I hadn’t had enough of Manchester by the end of my degree and have now joined Manchester’s Geomicrobiology team over the road, working with Kath Morris, Sam Shaw, and Jon Lloyd.

My project is entitled ‘Long-term Fate of Radionuclide during Sulfidation’ which boils down to understanding the processes involved in radioactive waste disposal and how these may effect the mobility of radionuclides, such as uranium and technetium.

When I’m not exercising my unfaltering love for environmental radiochemistry, I like to play and watch copious amounts of football (unfortunately, I’m a Blackburn Rovers fan), attempt to play guitar, and watch Netflix excessively. I also help to run the Manchester Geomicro Group and NGN CDT blogs.