Professor Colin Hills

Research and Development Director

Colin is a co-founder of C8S and the main inventor of the accelerated carbonation process. He has extensively researched the encapsulation of waste and soil and was principal author of the UK Environment Agency’s 2004 guidance on their treatment.

Having worked as a field geologist throughout the Middle East and West Africa, he carried out R&D into products for construction before taking a PhD in hazardous waste management at Imperial College.

After several post-doctoral positions, he was appointed reader at the University of Greenwich. He is now a professor within the Department
of Engineering Science, and the director of the University’s Centre for Contaminated Land Remediation (CCLR) and the Indo:UK Centre for Environment Research and Innovation (IU-CERI), in partnership with the Indian Government (CSIR-CIMFR). A chartered scientist, Colin is a member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, where he has chaired the Cement & Concrete Group.

He is also a fellow of the Geological Society, a member of the European Science Foundation Review Panel, and a founding committee member of the European Association for CO₂ Transformation (ASCOT). Throughout this period, Colin’s lab at Greenwich has been at the forefront of waste mineralisation through ACT.