Hello, I am Samantha and I am working to develop a dipstick devise to test from everyday waterway pollutants. This device will be used by members of the public with guidance from scientists to help collect information regarding the pollution level across a wide area.
Test for phosphates carried out in solution using test tubes
I am working to develop a quick and easy to use dip test that can be used to determine what pollutants are present in a river. These devices will test for a series of pollutants, many of which can be found on the EU’s ‘Watch list’. Using a simple colour change to identify when a chemical is present, these devices will help us gain a wider understanding of the water quality across our rivers.
Whilst out with volunteers using this technology I will also be working on a plan to help engage with people to allow them to take ownership of their waterways. The aim of this work is to help reduce the levels of pollution that enter our waterways through education and engagement of the population.
Phosphate test carried out on a paper dip test device
At the University of Hull (UK), we have three PhD students – Wayne, Aimilia and Samantha – who are working on the Sullied Sediments project. Each of the students works within a team of people; these teams are known as work packages (WP) 3, 4 and 5. These work packages each focus on different aspects of the project.
WP3 focuses on what is in the sediment in our waterways and WP4 is looking at a way of removing Watch List pollutants from the water as it enters selected waste water treatment plants.
WP5 aims to engage with and inform the public to help them to reduce the levels of some of the pollutants entering our waterways.
The next few blogs will focus on the work Wayne, Aimilia and Samantha are doing in more detail…in their own words.
Check out this wonderful animation called ‘The Drip – a watery tale’. It delicately yet powerfully explains the water cycle and a few other important issues:
The film was commissioned by the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on behalf of the South Devon Catchments Partnership (co-hosted by the Westcountry Rivers Trust) using Catchment Based Approach funding from the Environment Agency.
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Hi all, I am Aimilia Meichanetzoglou and I am working with WP4 on water purification methods. My research is focused on creating a new material which will be able to clean water from unwanted chemicals. I am using pollen to create a novel purification system that will be used inside waste water treatment plants.
I am developing this new adsorbing agent using sporopollenin collected from Lycopodium Clavatum plant. These spores act like a micro particle material and are able to capture and safely remove significant amounts of unwanted chemical substances present in water, due to their nano porous surface.
This material will be used to create a device to trap the target compounds. Eventually this technology will be trialed in waste water treatment plants as a way to remove pollutants from waste water.
Left: Lycopodium Clavatum plant. Right: extracted spores using different techniques.
Hi, my name is Wayne and I’m an Environmental Scientist currently working within Work Package 3 of the Sullied Sediments project. Within Work Package 3, my primary focus is to drive understanding regarding the largely unknown concentrations of EU ‘Priority’ and ‘Watch list’ chemicals within water system sediments.
Through a progression of analytical techniques, my aim is to enable more informed risk assessment and in turn a reduction in costs within sediment management and its disposal. To achieve this aim, I will be working in partnership, both nationally and internationally, with leaders in the field regarding environmental testing, sediment analysis and chemical identification. As a distinct lack of knowledge exists in terms of the true extent of anthropogenic pollutant release, I feel proud to be part of a project which, at its heart, aims to guide future understanding, management and legislation against the myriad of chemicals routinely released into the environment.
Through this blog, I will be keeping you up to date regarding project progression, specifically blogging about any and all exciting developments, planned events and advancements along the way.
PhD students Samantha Richardson and Wayne Duffus from the University of Hull © University of Hull
The Sullied Sediments team will use this blog to share news and updates about our project, which has been co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg VB North Sea Region Programme with a grant of 2.043.413 € with equivalent match funding from the partners involved.
This three-year project was officially launched at a kick-off meeting in Amsterdam in January 2017. Since then, we have been hard at work planning the first phases of delivery.
Please stay tuned as we will begin to blog shortly!
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