Will Mayes

Dr Will Mayes

Reader in Environmental Geoscience

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences

Summary

Dr Mayes' teaching and research takes on a range of topics and environments from the monitoring and remediation of post-industrial water pollution, for example, pollution from steelworks and mines, to resource recovery, flooding and wetland restoration.

Postgraduate

I welcome applications in areas linked to the research projects and publications listed on this page. Completed PhDs Victor Uchenna Oty (PhD, 2012-2016): Remediation of hyperalkaline industrial drainage, University of Hull international bursary, field support costs from Tata Steel. Ashley Jones (PhD, 2010-2014): Solute dynamics in mine-impacted streams, funded by University of Hull. Helen Baxter (PhD, 2011-2015): Integrating Payments for Environmental Services with LCA at abandoned mine remediation schemes, funded by University of Hull. Riina Vaht (PhD, 2009-2012, completed): Impact of oil shale mining on hydrological regime, co-supervisor with Prof. Mander, University of Tartu, Estonia. Current PhD supervisions Wayne Duffus: Watch list chemicals in fluvial sediments (EU Interreg funded: Sullied Sediments Project)

Journal Article

Behaviour and fate of vanadium during the aerobic neutralisation of hyperalkaline slag leachate

Hobson, A. J., Stewart, D. I., Bray, A. W., Mortimer, R. J., Mayes, W. M., Riley, A. L., …Burke, I. T. (2018). Behaviour and fate of vanadium during the aerobic neutralisation of hyperalkaline slag leachate. The Science of the total environment, 643, 1191-1199. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.272

Options for managing alkaline steel slag leachate: A life cycle assessment

Gomes, H. I., Mayes, W. M., Baxter, H. A., Jarvis, A. P., Burke, I. T., Stewart, D. I., & Rogerson, M. (2018). Options for managing alkaline steel slag leachate: A life cycle assessment. Journal of cleaner production, 202, 401-412. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.163

Vanadium: A re-emerging environmental hazard

Watt, J. A., Burke, I. T., Edwards, R. A., Malcolm, H. M., Mayes, W. M., Olszewska, J. P., …Spears, B. M. (2018). Vanadium: A re-emerging environmental hazard. Environmental Science and Technology, 52(21), 11973-11974. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b05560

Leaching behaviour of co-disposed steel making wastes: Effects of aeration on leachate chemistry and vanadium mobilisation

Hobson, A. J., Stewart, D. I., Mortimer, R. J., Mayes, W. M., Rogerson, M., & Burke, I. T. (2018). Leaching behaviour of co-disposed steel making wastes: Effects of aeration on leachate chemistry and vanadium mobilisation. Waste Management, 81, 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2018.09.046

Recovery of Al, Cr and V from steel slag by bioleaching: batch and column experiments

Gomes, H. I., Funari, V., Mayes, W. M., Rogerson, M., & Prior, T. J. (2018). Recovery of Al, Cr and V from steel slag by bioleaching: batch and column experiments. Journal of environmental management, 222, 30-36. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.05.056

Research interests

Environmental science Pollution Remediation Resource recovery Key current and recent research projects include: - Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes (NERC / Defra / ESRC) - see https://alkalineremediation.wordpress.com/ - Greenhouse Gas Removal in the Iron and Steel Industry (NERC); led by Phil Renforth (Cardiff): http://gotw.nerc.ac.uk/list_full.asp?pcode=NE%2FP019943%2F1 - Impact of an extreme rainfall event on solute and sediment dynamics in a mineralised river system (NERC); led by Adam Jarvis (Newcastle): http://gotw.nerc.ac.uk/list_full.asp?pcode=NE%2FP000053%2F1 - Sullied Sediments (Interreg North Sea Region); lef by Prof Jeanette Rotchell (Hull): http://northsearegion.eu/sullied-sediments/ Full details of projects and papers can be found here: orcid.org/0000-0002-1864-9057