COLLABORATION WITH CHINA

Enzymatic Antibiotics Pollution Control

 

Mission

In medicine, antibiotics are very important for treating infectious diseases. Since their discovery in the Second World War, antibiotics have saved countless lives. Unfortunately, careless use of antibiotics has resulted in a widespread occurrence of microbial pathogens which have become resistant, meaning, infections by these pathogens can no longer be treated with certain antibiotics. Part of the problem is the release of antibiotics into the environment, where microorganisms may build-up resistance and then cause difficult to treat infections, for instance if open wounds get expose to soil or river water. To prevent this from happening, this project seeks to develop better pollution control technologies, which minimize the release of antibiotics into the environment, and thus minimize the occurrence of resistant potential pathogens in the environment.

 

Research visit in China

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Sponsor

royal-society

 

Partners

Newcastle University
Dr David Werner (Principal Investigator), Civil Engineering & Geosciences
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China University of Geosciences, Wuhan
Prof Jianguo Bao, School of Environment Studies
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Publications

Du, J, Bao, J, Lu, C, Werner, D. Reductive sequestration of chromate by hierarchical FeS@Fe0 particles. Water Research, 2016, 102, 73-81.

 

Environmental Remediation Applications of Iron/Carbon Composite Sorbent Materials.

 

Mission

Following its rapid economic development, environmental pollution has become a pressing concern in China, and UK-Chinese collaboration on environmental technologies is timely. The three main research objectives of this bilateral international collaboration are:

i) to demonstrate the feasibility of using magnetic sorbents to remove pollutants from contaminated soil and/or sediment matrices with processes similar to those used in the mining industry;
ii) to investigate the regeneration and re-use of recovered sorbents;
iii) to explore the synthesis of reactive iron/carbon composite sorbents.

 

Publications

Han Z, Abel S, Akkanen J, Werner D. Evaluation of Strategies to Minimize Ecotoxic Side-Effects of Sorbent-Based Sediment Remediation. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology 2017, 8, 1938–1942.

Han, Z, Sani, B, Akkanen, J, Abel, S, Nybom, I, Karapanagioti, HK, Werner, D, A critical evaluation of magnetic activated carbon’s potential for the remediation of sediment impacted by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Journal of Hazardous Materials 286, 41-47.

Han, Z, Sani, B, Mrozik, W, Obst, M, Beckingham, B, Karapanagioti, HK, Werner, D, Magnetite impregnation effects on the sorbent properties of activated carbons and biochars. Water Research, 2015, 70, 394-403

 

Research Results

 

Research visit in China

http://www.iheg.org.cn/content-923-3268.html

 

Sponsor

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Partners

Newcastle University
Dr David Werner (Principal Investigator), Civil Engineering & Geosciences
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Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences
Dr Zhantao Han, Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology
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