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Whetting appetites for Bath's water research

Topic: WIRC @ Bath

Carlos Lopez attends the SWIG Innovation Brokerage Event

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📥  CSCT, Sensors and data, WIRC @ Bath

In November, Industry and academia combined to present the latest advances in sensors for water during the SWIG (Sensors for Water Interest Group) Innovation Brokerage Workshop. The sensors ranged from cutting-edge technology to KISS designs, and lab-on-a-chip approaches, all designed to detect toxins or living organisms in water.

The event was hosted by WIRC @ Bath and took place on 22nd of November at the University of Bath. Guest speakers and audience members came from a variety of scientific backgrounds, with representatives from the University of Bath, University of the West of England, University of Warwick, WRc, Environment Agency, Ashridge Engineering, Isle Utilities, Thames Water, Chelsea Technology Group, Piezotag, NOC, Meniscus, and the KTN, amongst others.

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Collaboration visit from University of Johannesburg to Bath

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📥  Sensors and data

The following post was submitted by Professor Frank Marken from the Department of Chemistry.


A postgraduate researcher, Luthando Tshwenya from the University of Johannesburg, visited Bath with support from the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, University of Johannesburg, Water Research commission and the National Research Foundation, South Africa to pursue research into water desalination treatment with “ionic diodes”. The project is based on a collaboration of Professor Omotayo Arotiba in Johannesburg and Professor Frank Marken at Bath. During the three month stay, Luthando was able to develop new types of diodes by hot-pressing together polymer films. The micro-devices were shown to rectify cation flow and they could in future be combined with an anion rectifier to give a novel water desalination system that is driven by AC electricity without any side reaction or requirements for pumps. Water research features prominently at Bath and at the University of Johannesburg where Luthando plans to further develop this technology in his PhD.

Luthando presented his work at the Electrochem 2017 conference in Birmingham and a joint publication has been submitted entitled “Cationic Diodes by Hot-Pressing of Fumasep FKS-30 Ionomer Film onto a Microhole in Polyethylene Terephthalate”. Coauthors in this work are based in 4 institutions including:

  • Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
  • Centre for Nanomaterials Science Research, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
  • University of Groningen, Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Analysis, 9700 AD Groningen, The Netherlands

 

Water Scarcity and multi-functionality of the water supply chain

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📥  WIRC @ Bath

This December sees the next talk in the monthly 'Water Colloquium' series organised by WIRC @ Bath exploring the breadth of water research being undertaken at the University of Bath and beyond.

Title: Water Scarcity and multi-functionality of the water supply chain

Speaker: Professor Louise Bracken

When: Thursday 14th December 2017 at 1.15pm

Where: Room 3.6, Chancellors' Building, University of Bath (Location and maps)

Note: This event is free and open to all.

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Fellowship Success

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📥  Coastal and ocean engineering, Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience, Wessex Water

Two members of staff at the University of Bath have recently been awarded Fellowships from NERC.

Dr. Ilaria Prosdocimi from the Department of Mathematical Sciences has been awarded a Industrial Innovation Fellowship with a project titled "Developing Innovative Flood Frequency Estimation for a Resilient nation (DIFFER)". ​ The project aims at developing innovative statistical methods to estimate flood risk across the UK based on existing but under-utilised records, with a special focus on the identification of possible increases in flood frequencies in the recent years. The project will rely on the collaboration with governmental and industry partners.

Dr. Danielle Wain from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has been awarded a Industrial Mobility Fellowship with a project titled "Stirring things up: Do surface mixers in drinking water reservoirs improve water quality?". The project will focus on turbidity in raw water and will be a combined field and modelling project on Durleigh Reservoir with Wessex Water.

 

Test to prevent crippling fluorosis

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📥  Water supply from source to tap

A research team at the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, and the Water Innovation and Research Centre (WIRC), led by Simon Lewis, has developed a simple colour-changing test that detects high levels of fluoride quickly and selectively. The test changes from purple to blue when the levels of fluoride in the water are too high. Whilst the test is at the proof of concept stage, the team aims to develop it into a disposable test strip that is low cost and easy to use by anyone.

The Bath researchers are partnering with the Nasio Trust, a charity that works to protect and support vulnerable children in East Africa, to develop their system for ease of use in the field.

The team is now looking for additional partners to take the technology forward and help develop the test. They are also working towards adapting the technology to other types of notorious water contaminants of global concern, including mercury, lead and cadmium.

The core project team consists of Carlos López-Alled, Simon Lewis, Jannis Wenk and Tony James.

Read the full news article about the test.

 

 

 

A mixed methods approach to exploring urban ecosystem services

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📥  Urban water management

This November sees the next talk in the monthly 'Water Colloquium' series organised by WIRC @ Bath exploring the breadth of water research being undertaken at the University of Bath and beyond.

Title: A mixed methods approach to exploring urban ecosystem services: experienced environmental quality and its role in ecosystem assessment

Speaker: Professor Lian Lundy

When: Thursday 16th November 2017 at 1.15pm

Where: Room 3.6, Chancellors' Building, University of Bath (Location and maps)

Abstract: The language of ecosystem services (ES) derives from an understanding that ecosystems (natural and human-made/modified) provide a range of services that are critical to sustaining life e.g. food, water and cultural benefits. (more…)

 

Improving the drinking water situation in Mexico

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📥  Water supply from source to tap

The following post was contributed by Dr. Jannis Wenk, a Lecturer in Water Science and Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering.


From Friday September 1st to Thursday September 7th 2017 a delegation from WIRC @ Bath consisting of Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo, Dr Jannis Wenk and research assistant Claire Edward-Collins travelled to Mexico to explore the situation of drinking water supply in informal settlements in the peripheral region of Mexico City.

The trip was a central component of MAPwater, a 10-month research project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), led by Dr Di Lorenzo. During the 6-day stay of the team, meetings were held with local NGOs to gain a better understanding of their activities in the area of water safety and security for supply of underprivileged communities in rural and semi-urban Mexico, as well as to develop further research and education approaches. Together with the NGO Fomento Mexicano, the team visited the rural settlement of Llano Grand in the wider vicinity of Mexico City. The settlement was chosen as a case study area because of the existing issues with water supply and the close contacts of Fomento Mexicano with the community.

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Water and the Circular Economy

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📥  Water in the circular economy, WIRC @ Bath

This October sees the next talk in the monthly 'Water Colloquium' series organised by WIRC @ Bath exploring the breadth of water research being undertaken at the University of Bath and beyond.

Title: Water and the Circular Economy

Speaker: David Baxter

When: Thursday 19th October 2017 at 1.15pm

Where: Room 3.6, Chancellors' Building, University of Bath (Location and maps)

Abstract: Despite the inherent circularity of the water cycle, water management occurs across a highly fragmented landscape, leading to conflicts, inefficiencies and waste amongst the complex array of water users. A drive for circular economy thinking in the water industry could help repair broken links and make better use of our most precious resources. The technical solutions and financial models that would make this a reality are growing fast. But are we doing enough to address the public health fears?

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Meet our colleague: Ines Meireles

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📥  Water awareness and human behaviour, WIRC @ Bath

The following post was contributed by Dr. Ines Meireles (Visiting Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering) who has joined the University of Bath, from the University of Aveiro, for this academic year (2017/18) as a Visiting Scholar.


Dr. Ines Meireles

I am thrilled to be at the University of Bath as Visiting Scholar for this academic year 2017/2018 and have the opportunity to collaborate with WIRC @ Bath. My research interests are water related, particularly regarding efficiency and sustainability. To this end, I consider either real case studies, experimental work or computational fluid dynamics simulations. Of course, these approaches are related to what I have been doing in the past 12 years, working as a lecturer on Hydraulics at the University of Aveiro. Recently, I started to work together with Dr. Kemi Adeyeye, namely on human behaviour related to different water efficiency approaches, and this academic year I have the privilege to be hosted by her at the University of Bath, where I look forward for the strengthening of our research collaborations.

Introducing myself, I am Portuguese, hold a PhD in Civil Engineering (from the University of Aveiro), a MSc in Hydraulics and Water Resources and a Degree in Civil Engineering, major in Hydraulics and Environment (both from IST, University of Lisbon) and worked for a higher institution (Setubal Polytechnic Institute) and to a private company (Hidroprojecto, S.A. in Lisbon) before moving to Aveiro.

I am an elected member of the board of directors of the Centre Region division of the Portuguese Water Resources Association (APRH), elected member of the fiscal board of the Portuguese Association for the Quality and Efficiency in Building Services (ANQIP), and invited member of the evaluation panel for the Fulbright Commission program in Portugal. Presently, I’m in the technical committee of ANQIP for the revision of the Portuguese standards for water supply and distribution and wastewater drainage (focused on the hydraulic networks inside buildings).

I’ve received the APRH Award, biennial period 2010-2011, for my PhD thesis, received a Fulbright scholarship to perform research at the University of Davis, California, in the framework of my PhD, and I am listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World since 2010.

 

Innovation, Partnership and Environmental Technology

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📥  WIRC @ Bath

This September sees the next talk in the monthly 'Water Colloquium' series organised by WIRC @ Bath exploring the breadth of water research being undertaken at the University of Bath and beyond.

Title: Innovation, Partnership and Environmental Technology

Speaker: Professor Carolyn Roberts

When: Thursday 21st September 2017 at 1.15pm

Where: Room 3.11, Building 1 West North, University of Bath (Location and maps)

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