Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Water Processing Technology

Fresh water is a precious natural resource, essential for agriculture, energy generation, life and ecosystems around the world. With fresh water making up less than 1% of the world’s water, coupled with the ever-growing demand and increase in water pollution, the world is facing a serious water crisis.

This has forced industries to reassess their water reuse and aim towards zero liquid discharge. Our activities in the Water Processing Technology Research Theme focus on developing innovative methods for sustainable desalination, waste water processing and water recycling, to address the rising global pressure for fresh water supply.

Our Water Processing Team

Recent/current research projects

  • Osmosis to enhance secondary oil production PhD Studentship
  • “Odour capture in sewage treatment works” Thames Water funded EngD project
  • Development of Low Cost Forward Osmosis Desalination: Application in Agricultural Irrigation, $280k, (2016), QRNF Funded, F. Cecelja (PI).
  • From sunlight to drinking water in Iraq, EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund, A. Campbell (PI)
  • Minimising Energy Consumption in the Water Industry: A Robust Model-Based Optimal Control Approach, EngD project, EPSRC & Perceptive Engineering Ltd funded,
  • Functional membranes for biofouling remediation and nano/micro plastic removal, PhD project, Surrey/Deakin University Funded
  • Ultrasound stimulated crystallisation of functional materials for membrane synthesis, Surrey/NPL funded PhD studentship
  • Application of advanced oxidation assisted processes for industrial wastewater treatment, PhD project
  • Parametric effects of ultrasound in aqueous systems, PhD project
  • Adding value to wastewater treatment-ultrasound enhanced crystallization, ARC funded, AUS$375k, (2012-2015), J. Lee (PI)

Capabilities and facilities

  • Pilot scale FO, RO, NF system
  • Bench top cross filtration systems
  • Osmometer
  • Ultrasound processing equipment (22-2MHz frequencies)

Our research

Centre for Osmosis Research and Applications

The Centre for Osmosis Research and Applications (CORA) was set up in 2003 to address the global problems of fresh water availability and the treatment and disposal of wastewater.

Sonochemistry Ultrasonics Research Group

The Sonochemistry Ultrasonics Research Group (SURG) works with the propagation of ultrasound waves through a liquid medium can lead to the creation of acoustic cavitation bubbles.

Dr Madeleine Bussemaker and Dr Judy Lee with some of their students.