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An innovative wastewater treatment system for the removal of persisting organic pollutants (POPs)

Funding: 2005: $16,000

Project Member(s): Vigneswaran, S., Ngo, H.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage International)

Start year: 2005

Summary: Photocatalysis is an emerging technology in wastewater treatment that is capable of completely converting POPs into harmless compounds. In this research, we will combine the expertise of Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in water reuse technologies, and Chonnam National University (CNU) in advanced oxidation processes with that of UTS' in physico-chemical treatment processes to develop a novel photocatalysis hybrid system. Through long term collaboration we aim to: (i) establish an innovative hybrid system for POPs removal, (ii) prepare industry grants, (iii) research training of postgraduate research students, and (iv) help to commercialize our research outcomes for domestic benefit and export.


Shon, HK, Vigneswaran, S, Kim, IS, Cho, J, Kim, GJ, Kim, JB & Kim, J-H 2007, 'Preparation of titanium dioxide (TiO2) from sludge produced by titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) flocculation of wastewater', ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 1372-1377.
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Shon, HK, Vigneswaran, S, Kim, J-H & Ngo, HH 2007, 'Application of hybrid photocatalysis systems coupled with flocculation and adsorption to biologically treated sewage effluent for organic removal', KOREAN JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 618-623.
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Shon, H, Vigneswaran, S, Kim, H, Ngo, H & Park, N 2005, 'Comparison of nanofiltration with flocculation - microfiltration - photocatalysis hybrid system in dissolved organic matter removal', Filtration: International Journal for Filtration and Separation, vol. July, pp. 215-221.

Keywords: Flocculation, Adsorption, Photocatalysis, wastewater treatment, persisting organic pollutants,

FOR Codes: Water and Sanitary Engineering, Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified, Prevention and treatment of pollution, Waste management and recycling, Water Quality Engineering, Chemical engineering