Development of multifunctional nanoparticles for the removal impurities in aqueous streams

Study level


Master of Philosophy

Topic status

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Professor William Doherty
Principal Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Darryn Rackemann
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


The removal of both insoluble and soluble impurities from aqueous streams is an important requirement for many industrial processes. For example, there are no known cost-effective clarification methods to significantly reduce the levels of non-sugar impurities in raw sugarcane juice and minimise current processing issues associated with them during sugar manufacture.

Functionalised nanoparticles have the capability to remove both soluble and insoluble impurities simultaneously during flocculation and subsequent separation processes.

This project will focus on the development of functionalised magnetite particles for their use in conventional flocculation and separation processes.

Research activities

Design and development functionalized nano-materials for the removal of both inorganic and organic soluble ions.



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