Water Research Center

My primary research interests are within fields of relevance to water treatment technology. My PhD studies concerned the integration of measurements made at different scaling regimes, from the nano to meso-scales, which has lead me to consider scientific and technical problems as needing to be addressed across large size ranges. This approach has been applied throughout my research to engineering problems, which has allowed me to make significant contributions to the fields of advanced water treatment, membrane technology, fouling and surface interaction forces. This has included nanoscale characterisation of membranes and other surfaces, development of innovative strategies to develop improved membranes and improved water treatment processes. More specifically, my research interests fall into the following areas:

  • Wastewater and industrial water treatment processes
  • Development of advanced polymer membranes for water treatment applications
  • Application of atomic force microscopy (AFM) to process engineering problems
  • Fouling and biofouling of surfaces
  • Investigation of long-range interactions and adhesive forces between interfaces
  • Surface characterisation of process surfaces