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Mr David Johnson

Professional biography

I graduated in chemistry from the University of Leicester in 1987.  

Following my degree, I commenced work in the special gases business, principally engaged in the manufacture of gas calibration standards. After eight years in the gas industry, I moved to an employee-owned company in the polymer industry where I spent ten years working in chemical plant management. After this I worked for the Environment Agency for seven years as a Pollution Prevention Officer.

I have been employed by the Open University as a Laboratory Manager since 2015. I manage a number of research laboratories in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.


Organic matter and water from asteroid Itokawa (2021)
Chan, Q. H. S.; Stephant, A.; Franchi, I. A.; Zhao, X.; Brunetto, R.; Kebukawa, Y.; Noguchi, T.; Johnson, David; Price, M. C.; Harriss, K. H.; Zolensky, M. E. and Grady, M. M.
Scientific Reports, 11, Article 5125(1)

Simulating microbial processes in extraterrestrial, aqueous environments (2020-02-29)
Olsson-Francis, K.; Ramkissoon, N. K.; Macey, M.; Pearson, V. K.; Schwenzer, S. P. and Johnson, D. N.
Journal of Microbiological Methods, 172, Article 105883

Safety in Composting Halls: Managing the risks from Carbon Monoxide (2018-09-10)
Johnson, David N. and Howell, Graham
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)