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Industrial water treatment

Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Honours

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Professor Graeme Millar
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

Our research group has a strong focus on solving problems related to water treatment.

Research topics in this area included but are not limited to:

  • coal seam gas
  • shale oil and gas
  • municipal wastewater
  • acid mine drainage
  • mining water
  • food and beverage manufacturing
  • agriculture
  • desalination
  • ammonia and phosphate nutrient recovery
  • metal recovery

The majority of projects involve collaboration with industry.

Research activities

Students can expect to be involved with both lab work and computational modelling.

Water treatment facilities include:

  • membrane testing: nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, and membrane distillation
  • ion exchange
  • adsorption
  • electrocoagulation
  • coagulation
  • filtration

Computational software employed includes:

  • AqMB
  • Winflows
  • Wave
  • ASPEN
  • ANSYS FLUENT
  • SolidWorks
  • Matlab

Outcomes

Project aims include:

  • material development
  • process design
  • scale-up
  • process simulation

Skills and experience

Students should ideally be interested in industry relevant problems and have an aptitude for practical problem solving.

Knowledge of the aforementioned laboratory methods and software packages would be advantageous but not critical.

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

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Contact

Contact the supervisor for more information.