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  Efficacy of nature-based systems for removal of chemicals used for zoonoses control

   Cardiff School of Engineering

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  Dr D Sapsford  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

CDT Project 3.5 years full – time / 7 years part - time

Project Summary (800 words max)

Veterinary pharmaceuticals increasingly used in animal husbandry to control infectious diseases can cause pollution of aquatic environments: surface water, groundwater and drinking water. Widespread use of these chemicals is needed to prevent ongoing zoonoses and control disease outbreaks. Subsequent clean-up of these products and their breakdown products is challenging, and the sustainable treatment of effluents containing these chemicals is hampered by the lack of treatment options applicable to rural location and/or diffuse nature of application away from established wastewater treatment infrastructure. Nature-based solutions offer a potential means for sustainable, equitable, and resilient treatment of runoff and effluents containing pharmaceuticals.

This project will investigate the efficacy of nature-based treatment systems for treating these types of effluent. This interdisciplinary study draws on diverse topics involving environmental engineering, chemical analyses, biogeochemistry and ecotoxicology with multiple opportunities for stakeholder engagement.

The student will benefit from being involved in a highly interdisciplinary research environment, both (i) on the project working across Schools in Engineering, Chemistry, Biosciences and Earth sciences and (ii) more widely as part of the activities of the OneZoo Centre for Doctoral Training (

The studentship will develop general research skills such as experimental design; statistical analysis; report and publication writing. In addition, the project will develop a range of specific skills in (i) Evaluation and design of nature-based treatment systems for treatment of veterinary pharmaceuticals (ii)

Sophisticated chemical analyses techniques including HPLC and NMR (iii) Kinetic studies of contaminant degradation (iv) Water quality analyses (iv) Aquatic ecotoxicology and ecotoxicity assays of veterinary pharmaceuticals and their breakdown products (v) Microbiological analyses and interpretation

Academic Criteria

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Contact for further information

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How to apply

Link to the online application;

Only successful applicants will then go on and apply to the institution.

Deadline for applications

Midnight on 25th March 2024

Biological Sciences (4) Chemistry (6) Engineering (12)

Funding Notes

Amount of Funding
Tuition fees at the home/EU rate (£4,712 in 2023/4) and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (£18,662 stipend for academic year 2023/4), plus the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) (£8,250 RTSG).
Eligibility Full funding is currently available to Home and International applicants on a full and part time basis. International students who require a visa will need to check if they are eligible to study part time by contacting Student Connect [Email Address Removed]

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