Centre for
Solid Waste Bioprocessing

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Postgraduate Program

An important education role of the centre is to recruit and develop engineers and scientists in the field of solid waste management and bio-processing. The centre has recruited three postgraduate students as of June, 2013, but seeks to double this number by June, 2014.

Undergraduate Program

The Centre for Solid Waste Bioprocessing is also active in undergraduate programs, through the supervision of research projects and the teaching of waste management related courses. Recent undergraduate research topics conducted within the centre include:

  • Can landfill gas be used as a substrate for a microbial fuel cell?
  • Waste Management Approaches for Isolated Island Communities in Torres Strait
  • Comparison of activity of methanotrophs colonised onto compost and graphite granules
  • Hydraulic modelling of flooding a packed bed of Municipal Solid Waste
  • Residual methane potential of digestate from a landfill based cell

The CSWB teaches the following courses:

  • Industrial and Solid Waste Management (50% delivery, School of Chemical Engineering)
  • Environmental Risk Assessment (50% delivery, School of Chemical Engineering)
  • Modelling of Environmental Systems (50% delivery, School of Civil Engineering)
  • Sustainable Built Environment (15% delivery, School of Civil Engineering)
  • Sustainable Use of Bio-resources (100% delivery, School of Chemical Engineering)

To read more about the Bachelor of Engineering at The University of Queensland, please visit Courses & Programs.

Continuing Professional Development Program

An additional goal of the CSWB is to deliver professional development courses in solid waste management. A 3 day program has been developed in collaboration with Dr Stuart Dever (Water Research Centre, UNSW), to be offered through UQ’s well-established International Winter Environmental School (IWES), the largest provider in Australia of professional development courses in Environmental Engineering.