Sustainable water and wastewater processing

Our activities focus on addressing the global water-energy nexus challenges including developing innovative methods for sustainable desalination, wastewater processing and water recycling to provide clean water to address the rising global pressure for fresh water supply, energy recovery from wet waste or wastewater, and wastewater treatment process synthesis and real-time optimisation and control.

Research areas

Past work


Pilot scale water and wastewater treatment and biomass processing

  • FO/NF/RO membrane filtration systems
  • 20kHz horn capable of flow through, treatment at high pressure and temperature for biomass.

Techno-economic and life cycle assessment

  • SimaPro
  • SuperPro Designer.

Analysis of scaling/precipitation

  • PHREEQC program.

Techno-economic and real-time optimisation

  • General algebraic modeling system (GAMS).

Bioreactor modelling

  • COMSOL software
  • MATLAB platform.

Energy labs

  • Bench top water-splitting setup for hydrogen production
  • Microbial electrosynthesis system (MES) for waste-water treatment.

Analytical instruments

  • Inductively coupled plasma - optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES)
  • Nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA)
  • Total organic carbon (TOC)
  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS)
  • Low light camera
  • Data colour spectrophotometer
  • Potentiostat/galvanostat electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analyser
  • Conductometer.

Bench scale water and wastewater and biomass treatment

  • Hydrothermal carbonisation reactor owned by Antaco
  • UF/NF/RO/FO membrane filtration systems
  • Multifrequency ultrasound processing systems
  • Biological digesters
  • Sludge and waste water treatment.

Meet the team

Academic staff

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Dr Bahman Amini Horri

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

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Dr Madeleine Bussemaker

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

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Dr Franjo Cecelja

Head of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

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Dr Ralph Chadeesingh

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Dr Melis Duyar

Lecturer in Chemical and Process Engineering

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Dr Judy Lee

Reader, Director of Learning and Teaching for Chemical and Process Engineering

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Dr Michael Short

Lecturer of Chemical and Process Engineering

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Professor Rex Thorpe

Professor of Chemical Engineering

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Dr Dimitrios Tsaoulidis

Asst Professor (Lecturer) in Chemical & Process Engineering

Postgraduate research students

Read completed dissertations by our past students:

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Bethany Campbell

Project: Characterisation, removal and recovery of organic contaminants in hydrothermal carbonization process water

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Oliver Crossley

Project: Removal and recovery of inorganic components from hydrothermal carbonisation process water

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George Chinedu Ezeanaka

Project: Water treatment

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Ros Fomin

Project: Fouling behaviour of a membrane bioreactor system and the impact of different cleaning operations

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Cyril Hachemi

Project: Comprehensive understanding of the impact of microplastics on membrane bioreactors

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Mustapha Hamdan

Postgraduate Research Student

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Junbin Huang

Project: CO2 reduction through microbial electrolysis system and chemicals upgrading

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Mauro Lafratta

Project: Dynamic control of anaerobic digestion for flexible and sustainable generation in the water industry

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Om Sabnis

MSc summer researcher

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Tim Sidnell

Project: Ultrasonic degradation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances