Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow (Systems Power and 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.  

Research interests

My main interests lie in the fields of applied geoscientific engineering and environmental resilience. This encompases a range of geoenergy engineering challenges, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS), mining, and geothermal energy. My current research focuses on optimising sustainable, low-carbon, energy and water resource development strategies, to similtaniously maximise their potential and minimise their associated environment impacts. I have worked accross Europe, Africa, America, and East Asia and published articles on topics including geothermics, groundwater engineering, structural geology and environmental science.  


Banks, D. , Athresh, A., Al-Habaibeh, A. and Burnside, N. (2018) Water from abandoned mines as a heat source: practical experiences of open- and closed-loop strategies, United Kingdom. Sustainable Water Resources Management, (doi:10.1007/s40899-017-0094-7) (Early Online Publication)

Banks, D., Steven, J. K., Berry, J., Burnside, N. and Boyce, A. J. (2017) A combined pumping test and heat extraction/recirculation trial in an abandoned haematite ore mine shaft, Egremont, Cumbria, UK. Sustainable Water Resources Management, (doi:10.1007/s40899-017-0165-9) (Early Online Publication)

Loredo, C., Ordóñez, A., Garcia-Ordiales, E., Álvarez, R., Roqueñi, N., Cienfuegos, P., Peña, A. and Burnside, N.M. (2017) Hydrochemical characterization of a mine water geothermal energy resource in NW Spain. Science of the Total Environment, 576, pp. 59-69. (doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.084) (PMID:27780100)

Burnside, N.M., Banks, D., Boyce, A.J. and Athresh, A. (2016) Hydrochemistry and stable isotopes as tools for understanding the sustainability of minewater geothermal energy production from a ‘standing column’ heat pump system: Markham Colliery, Bolsover, Derbyshire, UK. International Journal of Coal Geology, 165, pp. 223-230. (doi:10.1016/j.coal.2016.08.021)

Burnside, N., Banks, D. and Boyce, A. (2016) Sustainability of thermal energy production at the flooded mine workings of the former Caphouse Colliery, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. International Journal of Coal Geology, 164, pp. 85-91. (doi:10.1016/j.coal.2016.03.006)

Janson, E., Boyce, A. J. , Burnside, N. and Gzyl, G. (2016) Preliminary investigation on temperature, chemistry and isotopes of mine water pumped in Bytom geological basin (USCB,Southern Poland) as a potential geothermal energy source. International Journal of Coal Geology, 164, pp. 104-114. (doi:10.1016/j.coal.2016.06.007)

Burnside, N. M. and Naylor, M. (2014) Review and implications of relative permeability of CO2/brine systems and residual trapping of CO2. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 23, pp. 1-11. (doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.01.013)

Pederson, J., Burnside, N., Shipton, Z. and Rittenour, T. (2013) Rapid river incision across an inactive fault: implications for patterns of erosion and deformation in the central Colorado Plateau. Lithosphere, 5(5), pp. 513-520. (doi:10.1130/L282.1)

Burnside, N. M., Shipton, Z., Dockrill, B. and Ellam, R.M. (2013) Man-made versus natural CO2 leakage: a 400 k.y. history of an analogue for engineered geological storage of CO2. Geology, 41(4), pp. 471-474. (doi:10.1130/G33738.1)

Burnside, N. M., Naylor, M., Kirk, K. and Whittaker, F. (2013) QICS work package 1: migration and trapping of CO2 from a reservoir to the seabed or land surface. Energy Procedia, 37, pp. 4673-4681. (doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.376)

Kampman, N., Burnside, N. M., Shipton, Z. K., Chapman, H. J., Nicholl, J. A., Ellam, R. M. and Bickle, M.J. (2012) Pulses of carbon dioxide emissions from intracrustal faults following climatic warming. Nature Geoscience, 5(5), pp. 352-358. (doi:10.1038/NGEO1451)

Blackford, J., Hattam, C., Widdicombe, S., Burnside, N., Naylor, M., Kirk, K., Maul, P. and Wright, I. (2013) CO2 leakage from geological storage facilities: environmental, societal and economic impacts, monitoring and research strategies. In: Gluyas, J. and Mathais, S. (eds.) Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide (CO2): Geoscience, Technologies, Environmental Aspects and Legal Frameworks. Series: Woodhead publishing series in energy (54). Woodhead Publishing, pp. 149-178. ISBN 9780857094278 (doi:10.1533/9780857097279.2.149)

Gzyl, G., Banks, D. , Younger, P. , Głodniok, M., Burnside, N., Garzon, B. and Skalny, A. (2016) Low Carbon After-Life – overview and first results of project LoCAL. In: International Mine Water Association (IMWA) Conference 2016: Mining Meets Water – Conflicts and Solutions, Leipzig, Germany, 11-15 Jul 2016, pp. 593-599. ISBN 9783860125335