John Tellam


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John Tellam’s current research interests focus on the quantification of surface-reacting solute transport and inorganic nanoparticle movement in ground waters. This work involves laboratory and field experimentation and modelling. Within the Water Sciences group, there are extensive facilities for this type of research, including an on-campus research borehole array.

Professor Tellam's most recent research projects have centred on: virus movement in ground waters; nanoparticle movement in ground waters; and applications of biogeochemistry in nuclear waste disposal. PhD and PDRA research has recently included work on: characterising surface properties of rocks; examining particle-virus interactions; quantifying correlations between hydraulic properties geochemical properties, and lithofacies; quantifying ion exchange reactions; and developing new methods for borehole logging interpretations. Professor Tellam has supervised nearly 50 doctoral researchers in a wide range of groundwater subjects, and is always keen to consider new applications.

1992 …2019

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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