Resources recovery from water and wastewater management through microbial and chemical processes.
Sustainable and energy self-sufficiency wastewater management has been attracting increasing attentions, with the energy consumption, sludge treatment and greenhouse gas emissions taken into account when designing and operating wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). However, it is not typically possible to obtain energy neutral operation without concurrently minimising energy usage and carbon footprint as well as maximising energy (organic carbon) recovery. Traditional wastewater treatment remove organic carbon and nutrients by using vast amounts of energy and releasing greenhouse gas. However, wastewater typically represents a substantial, but largely untapped, renewable resource. This project aims to develop innovative wastewater technologies and the underpinning science to extract valuable products from wastewater with minimised greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, in addition to clean water. The intended outcome of the project will transform wastewater from a troublesome pollutant to a valuable resource and reduce large quantities of carbon footprints. The successful candidate must have a four-year bachelor degree with Honours class I or IIA, or Master’s degree in chemical engineering, environment engineering, biotechnology or related areas and have interest in water and wastewater technologies. Only Australian citizens or permanent residences will be accepted.