David Polya

David Polya is Professor of Environmental Geochemistry.

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I really enjoy working all over the world with a diverse range of people to solve challenging and socially-relevant environmental problems.

All that glitters...

The central theme of my research is what controls how metals (e.g. gold, tungsten, copper) and metalloids (e.g. arsenic) are concentrated within the Earth’s surface and sub-surface, particularly by processes involving water. My work informs exploration for new ore deposits and helps people to predict the presence and remediation of chemical hazards in the environment.

I use a variety of analytical techniques including XAS, coupled IC-ICP-MS, noble gas, geomicrobiological techniques and (hydro) geochemical modelling to solve environmental challenges.

I really enjoy working all over the world with a diverse range of people to solve challenging and socially-relevant environmental problems.

The School is a great place to work. It is a friendly and supportive environment, has broad range of expertise, and is 'plugged-in' to a big university with an astonishing range of expertise and know-how. We are also connected strongly with industrial, government and other organisations in the UK and internationally.

A personal touch

One get a lot of satisfaction if I help to persuade a student to stick with their course after encountering major difficulties. I also work to provide opportunities for researchers from less affluent areas to achieve their dreams of completing excellent MSc and PhD research programmes.

Every day I share the challenges of research and teaching with a wonderful group of students and staff at Manchester and in the many other places around the world where I find people to share a passion for better understanding environmental systems.

I know I've fulfilled my role when students have had an enjoyable and productive experience that puts tem in a position to recommend their Manchester course to others. I hope we help them to discover what they are capable of and what their limitations are so that they achieve a degree result at or above expectations. I want to support them to secure a job or position for which they are suited and through which they will make a positive contribution to our world.

What makes me smile

I enjoy seeing students develop their skills and confidence during their time at Manchester.

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