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
- Prof. Rex Thorpe (Dissolved gas floatation, energy optimization, osmosis to enhance secondary oil production, direct contact condensation and energy from sewage sludge,odour capture in sewage treatment works)
- Prof. Adel Sharif (Forward osmosis technology, desalination, waste water, osmotic power, innovative draw solutions)
- Dr. Franjo Cecelja (Process optimization, modelling)
- Dr. Tao Chen (Process optimization, modelling)
- Dr. Judy Lee (Membrane filtration and synthesis, ultrasound processing, crystallization of solutes from waste)
- Dr. Alasdair Campbell (Osmotic power generation, solar pond power generation)
- Dr. Ralph Chadeesingh (Bioremediation)
- Dr. Madeleine Bussemaker (Ultrasound processing, value chain and knowledge modelling)
- Dr. Sami Al-Aibi (Granular filtration, pre-treatment processes, emergency unit design, adsorption process, activated carbon from by-products)
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
- Ultrasound processing equipment (22-2MHz frequencies)
Dr Madeleine Bussemaker and Dr Judy Lee with some of their students.