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Project Title Principal Supervisor Research Institutes Project Summary
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


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


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.

Intelligent Egress: Real time modelling based upon sensor data to steer evacuation in case of fire

Dr Stephen Welch

Infrastructure and Environment

Intelligent egress is a novel approach to enhancing evacuations from fire emergencies.  It combines sensor-linked simulations and route-planning tools to provide real-time information to occupants on efficient egress.  The specific issues associated with disabilities and mobility impairment are addressed.  Mechanisms to provide “way finding” information to relevant end users are being studied.  Detailed guidance and recommendations on use of such systems will be developed.

X-MED: Extreme Loading of Marine Energy Devices due to Waves, Current, Flotsam and Mammal Impact

Dr Tom Bruce

Energy Systems

Marine energy should make a substantial contribution to the UK renewable energy target of 30% electricity by 2020. Tidal stream turbines are a more mature technology than wave energy devices while the potential of wave energy is considerable. There is a growing capability and confidence in the loading and performance of marine energy devices in operating conditions as designs rapidly develop. However knowledge of extreme loading is less mature and indeed there is some uncertainty about their origin.


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