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Water, resources and the environment

Sustainable solutions in water and waste management

From effective water treatment to waste transformation, our researchers are developing innovative solutions to help us achieve a truly sustainable future. 

Our research

Our experts: Associate Professor John Kavanagh, Professor Yuan Chen, Dr David Wang, Professor Dianne Wiley, Professor David Fletcher, Associate Professor Marjorie Valix, Professor Andrew Harris, Professor PJ Cullen

This research focuses on the development of safe, reliable, low-cost and ecologically sound technologies for the production of clean and potable water for industry and households from a range of sources including freshwater, seawater, stormwater and wastewater. We aim to:

  • develop radical water treatment methods through significant improvements in and redesign of individual technologies or through synergistic combination of technologies to achieve desired water quality with high efficiency and significantly reduced environmental impact
  • simultaneously recover energy and value-added materials from water resources in a way that supports current and future public and industry needs for the management of water resources and for the protection of public health
  • create sustainable solutions to water infrastructure challenges that significantly extend the life and capability of assets through the development of methods and decision tools based on condition assessment.

Our experts: Associate Professor Jun Huang, Associate Professor Ali Abbas, Associate Professor Marjorie Valix

This research involves finding ways to creating useful materials from solid, liquid and gaseous wastes. The management of waste is perhaps one of today’s greatest challenges. Our researchers are addressing this issue by re-evaluating the traditional production cycle towards waste minimisation, reuse, recycling and other recovery. Projects in this area include:

  • extraction of phytochemicals from wastes
  • development of carbon-based adsorbents and materials from biomass for environmental applications
  • bioleaching of e-wastes
  • biohydropyrolysis of wastes
  • re-use and reprocessing of mine wastes.