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ElmoNet Q Project

Dr Sasa Djokic

Energy Systems

Impact of increasing penetration of electrical vehicles and photovoltaic installations on power quality in public low voltage distribution networks

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.

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.

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.

FLOWBEC - FLOW and Benthic Ecology 4D

Dr Angus Creech

Energy Systems

The FLOWBEC project aims to improve the understanding of how the physical behaviour of the water such as currents, waves and turbulence at tide and wave energy sites influences the behaviour of marine wildlife, and how tide and wave energy devices might alter the behaviour of such wildlife.

Assessing and predicting the performance of GPR for landline detection using complete and accurate soil, target and antenna models

Dr Antonis Giannopoulos

Infrastructure and Environment

The project's key objectives are to develop accurate 3D models of complex near surface soil formations and antenna design variants and so produce complete soil/system GPR models that can be used to assess and predict the performance of a GPR system.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Modelling

Dr Antonis Giannopoulos

Infrastructure and Environment

Welcome to GPR Max, a ground penetrating radar simulation tool.

Are some phobias good? Examining hydro-mechanical relationships in hydrophobic soils

Dr Chris Beckett

Infrastructure and Environment

Extreme climatic events in the 21st century threaten the resilience of geotechnical engineering structures. Low-permeability barriers are at a particularly high risk of inundation under flooding or cracking during droughts, compromising the barriers and permitting contamination of the surrounding ground.

Small Scale Hydrogen Storage for Integrated Energy Systems

Dr Dimtri Mignard

Energy Systems

The integration of a greater proportion of renewable energy, compounded by the rise in small scale distributed generation, is making it increasingly difficult to balance demand and supply of electricity without adequate energy storage facilities. However, the effective deployment of these solutions at any particular location will require an understanding of the local energy system at the time. Conversion between energy vectors will also be required not just to meet storage needs, but also to allow major shifts from fossil fuels to low carbon energy in applications like heat and transport. Hydrogen is an energy vector that is particularly versatile from this viewpoint. 

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.

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