PhD Scholarships/Study Opportunities

Looking towards or currently undertaking postgraduate study?  View a list of PhD and practicum exchange study opportunities in the assessment and management of odours and gaseous emissions.

PhD projects currently available

Title: Evaluation of adsorption based odour abatement processes

Project Summary: Adsorption based odour abatement systems such as activated carbon filters are a common techniques used to remove odours in wastewater processes. Due to poor activated carbon filter design, odour breakthrough has been found to occur well before the recommended design life is reached. The impact of environmental and operational factors on the performance of adsorption based odour abatement systems will be evaluated using a combination of chemical and olfactory techniques. The outcomes will enhance our ability to select and design adsorption based systems commonly applied to odour treatment. Supervisors: Richard Stuetz and Eric Sivret                      

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Title: Treatability of odorants in odours abatement systems

Project Summary: Complaints due to sewage odour are a major issue for sewage system operators because the repeated release of unpleasant odours from a sewer network constitutes both a public nuisance and possible regulatory violation. A combination of chemical and olfactory techniques will be used to acquire detailed data on composition and treatability of odorants and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in odour abatement systems. The outcomes will significantly enhance the design and choice of odour treatment systems through a better understanding of the fate of odorants and VOC removal in different odour abatement configurations. Supervisor: Richard Stuetz

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Title: Characterisation of odours using olfactory GC-MS

Project Summary: Complaints due to odour are a major issue for wastewater utilities because the repeated release of unpleasant odours from a sewer network constitutes both a public nuisance and possible regulatory violation. A combination of chemical and olfactory techniques will be used to acquire detailed data on composition of odorants and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emitted from sewer systems. The outcomes will significantly enhance our understanding of the composition of odours in sewer systems in order to improve the management and the choice of odour abatement strategy. Supervisor: Richard Stuetz

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Title: Enhancing the design and application of wind tunnels for measuring odour emissions from area sources

Project Summary:Odour emissions have the potential for significant impact on the public, and as such  Dr Eric Sivret andProf Richard Stuetz.of wind tunnels (one of the common area source sampling techniques) is currently highly variable, with little standardisation and minimal performance evaluation. This project will investigate the design and operation of wind tunnels using a combination of tracer compound based performance testing and fluid dynamic modelling to understand the key issues related to these systems and provide guidance to enhance the design and operation of wind tunnels used for odour sampling. Supervisors: Dr Eric Sivret and Prof Richard Stuetz

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Title: Airborne particulate matter fingerprinting to assess the impact of transport emissions on air quality

Project Summary: Vehicle emissions mainly consist of fine particulate matter (<1 micron in size). Current air quality guidelines are typically based on PM10 and PM2.5 measurements and do not adequately reflect the harmful nature of vehicle emission particulates. Furthermore, the impact of these emissions on indoor environments has not been satisfactorily investigated. Combining the collection of particle samples into specific size fractions with analyses of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds will provide a chemical marker for automotive emissions that will enable the impact of automotive emissions on indoor and outdoor environments to be assessed. Supervisors: Dr Eric Sivret, Dr Gautam Chattopadhyay and Prof Richard Stuetz.

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Practicum exchange projects

The Practicum Exchange Program is designed for students from overseas institutions who wish to come to UNSW to obtain research experience or professional/industrial practice. Please note that this Program is only available to students enrolled at UNSW partner universities.

Projects available in a variety of research areas such as:

Sampling and Assessment

  • Odour sampling and analysis
  • Greenhouse gas sampling and analysis
  • Sampling and analysis of VOC, sulfur and nitrogen odorants and emissions
  • Sampling techniques for area and volume sources
  • Field assessment of odours

Abatement and Management

  • Odour and gaseous emission control techniques
  • Biological abatement processes
  • Evaluation of odour control products
  • Complaints management and analysis

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Each year at the UNSW Odour Laboratory we welcome many practicum students. Please read some of their experiences:: 

 

Tianhe Zhang

University: INSA Lyon, France

Dates in Australia: 1 April 2011 to 9 September 2011

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 Alban Ledig

University: Ensip Poitiers, France

Dates in Australia: 15 June 2011 to 6 September 2011

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Click here to see a list of past Practicum Students