Mobile Water Recycling

Finding an environmentally friendly mobile solution to the treatment of contaminated water

Current project

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Help save the world’s most precious resource – water! Be a part of the team that is moving toward building a mobile reactor for the environmentally friendly treatment of contaminated groundwater.


ChallENG research goals


  • To understand how bacteria work together to break down groundwater pollution
  • To understand how groundwater characteristics impact the way bacteria degrade groundwater pollution
  • To design and optimize methods for the synthesis of nano-sized iron-loaded granular activated carbon and test its ability to degrade groundwater contaminants
  • To develop online data acquisition tools in LabView to monitor groundwater parameters such as pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen and electron transfer potential


Research, design or technical ChallENG

  • This project will attempt to immobilize pollution degrading bacteria and/or nano-sized iron onto surfaces such as granular activated carbon (GAC) and/or surface modified activated carbon (SMAC)

Required Background

All engineering degrees are welcome, however students specialising in the below areas are encouraged to apply.

Research Areas* Majors*
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Data Acquisition and Analytics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science Engineering

Team Academic Lead