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Project Title Principal Supervisor Research Institutes Project Summary
Sustainable Oxidation Processes for the treatment of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products

Dr Efthalia Chatzisymeon

Infrastructure and Environment

My research focuses on the removal of selected micro contaminants and potential Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) from water and wastewater by means of the photocatalytic process as well as on the investigation of method’s sustainability.

Removal of Chlorophenols by Biochar

Dr Andrea Joana Correia Semiao

Infrastructure and Environment

This project aims at identifying the mechanisms involved during the removal of different types of chlorophenols using several biochars during water treatment. Chlorophenols and biochars with different physico-chemical properties will be tested as well as different environmental characteristics.

Bacterial Removal from Recycled Water from Aquaculture Activities

Dr Efthalia Chatzisymeon

Infrastructure and Environment

This project aims to explore the feasibility of the UV technique to clean the reused shellfish processing water.

Bioenergy from waste for sustainable heat and power production

Dr Efthalia Chatzisymeon, Prof Tina Düren (University of Bath), Dr Blanca Antizar Ladislao

Infrastructure and Environment

This research project is investigating ways to increase the bio methane potential of food waste through a combination of laboratory and desk based studies. The aim being to increase sustainable heat, power and biofertiliser production through anaerobic digestion.

Sustainable desalination with the implementation of forward osmosis

Dr Andrea Joana Correia Semiao

Infrastructure and Environment

The aim of this study is to investigate the various factors affecting membrane fouling and its reversibility in forward osmosis. Understanding these could advance the optimisation of forward osmosis, which will encourage the implementation of this process prior to reverse osmosis desalination.

Nanomaterials for water treatment

Dr Efthalia Chatzisymeon

Infrastructure and Environment

This project will use novel catalytic nanoparticles for water treatment with emphasis given on the removal of emerging micro-pollutants, such as Bisphenol A (BPA).

Wastewater Bioremediation from Filamentous Algae

Dr Andrea JC Semiao, Dr Michele Stanley (SAMS), Dr John G Day (SAMS)

Infrastructure and Environment

This Ph.D. aims to investigate the potential of filamentous green macroalgae (Chlorophyta) to bioremediate wastewaters. This will examine the ability of the macroalgae to sequester excess nutrients in effluent streams, as well as its biosorption and bioaccumulation capacity for heavy metals; with an end goal of using the biomass as a feedstock for bioenergy or for metal reclamation.

Geobag Revetments for river bank reinforcement in Bangladesh

Dr Martin Crapper

Infrastructure and Environment

This project aims at the production of guidelines for the safe design of revetments, which are often constructed manually by local farmers, with little engineering input.

A novel diagnostic tool: from structural health monitoring to tissue quality prediction

Dr Pankaj Pankaj

Bioengineering

As quality of life constantly improves, the average lifespan will continue to increase. The bad news is that tissue degradation due to wear and tear in an aged body is inevitable and is different from person to person. Fortunately recent advances in science and technology have enabled us to work towards personalised medicine. This project, by an interdisciplinary team from four different UK Universities (Liverpool, Heriot Watt, Durham and Edinburgh) with distinct areas of expertise, aims to predict patient-specific tissue quality which is essential in devising treatments plans. While our primary concern in this study is the bone tissue, the developed framework will apply to other tissues having porous or complex microstructure.

The Development of 3-dimensional implantible liver organoids

Dr David Hay, MRC Center for Regenaritive Medicine

Bioengineering

The development of 3-dimensional implantable liver organoids, with the aim of providing alternative renewable solutions to organ transplantation in the treatment of human liver disease.

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