IIE Research Projects

Research Projects at the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE). You can search keywords within Project Titles.

We also have a number of Infrastructure and Environment PhD opportunities for postgraduate students looking to join the School.

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Project Title Principal Supervisorsort descending Project Summary
Wastewater Bioremediation from Filamentous Algae

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

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

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

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.

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

Dr Antonis Giannopoulos

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

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

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

Dr Chris Beckett

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.

Bacterial Removal from Recycled Water from Aquaculture Activities

Dr Efthalia Chatzisymeon

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

Sustainable Oxidation Processes for the treatment of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products

Dr Efthalia Chatzisymeon

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.

Nanomaterials for water treatment

Dr Efthalia Chatzisymeon

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).

Bioenergy from waste for sustainable heat and power production

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

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.


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