Welcoming our new WRC PhD candidates

Four new PhD candidates have started their research journeys this year within WRC.

Huong Chi Vu will be working with Professor David Waite. Huong received his Masters degree from Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea. His PhD will be on advanced oxidation processes in water and wastewater treatment. He is going to focus on an emerging green technology called persulfate activation using nanocarbons, which are catalysts that can used to replace widely used transition metals.

Mo Li has started her PhD with the Sustainability Assessment Program (SAP) team. Mo holds a Master of Science in Water Science, Policy and Management in University of Oxford (2014-2015) and a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Environmental Sciences in University of Nottingham (2011-2014). Her general interests include integrated sustainability assessment, environmental footprint, environmental impact assessment, life cycle assessment and built environment. Mo’s PhD will focus on assessing indirect (embodied) environmental impacts. Mo is undertaking her research with supervision from Associate Profosser Tommy Wiedmann, and is co-supervised by Dr Michalis Hadjikakou.

In hydrology, Xudong Han will be examining soil moisture with Associate Professor Sivakumar Bellie. Xudong completed his masters degree in environmental engineering at UNSW last year and as part of this work used complex networks to study the groundwater of California and streamflow in the Mississippi River.

Finally, Rebecca Li’s PhD is part of an ARC Linkage project - Smart Management of Disinfectant Residuals in Chloraminated Water-Supply System with Associate Professor Stuart Khan. She will investigate microbial factors affecting chloramine decay and focus on the formation DBPs of SMPs and their mechanisms to ensure the chloraminated water quality is safe for drinking by preventing and managing nitrification in the water distribution network. Rebecca graduated in 2015 from UNSW with B.E of Chemical Engineering (Hon. I). Prior to starting her PhD, she worked as a project engineer and executive assistant for Central Norseman Gold Mine Project.

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