Angel Chyi En We
University of Melbourne, Greater Western Water & Melbourne Water

Angel has had a paper published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials on A Review of foam fractionation for the removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from aqueous matrices. Highlights from the paper include:

  • Foam fractionation can effectively remove PFAS from aqueous matrices.
  • Lower removal is usually reported for short-chain PFAS.
  • PFAS removal can be enhanced through optimising operating strategies.
  • Recovery and enrichment of PFAS are crucial for subsequent destructive treatment.
  • Future studies should focus on improving scalability and reducing capital costs.

Angel’s PhD research investigates the feasibility of natural-occurring foams in aeration tanks for removal of PFAs and other contaminants of emerging concern from sewage.

Neda Gorjian Jolfaei
University of Adelaide & SA Water

In November 2023 I attended the 7th International Conference on System Reliability and Safety (ICSRS 2023). The conference provided a platform for researchers, practitioners and industry experts to share and exchange ideas and present the latest research findings on various topics including fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant control, risk analysis, safety management, system reliability assessment and maintenance optimisation. The conference facilitated the exchange of ideas and fostered the development of new techniques to improve system reliability and safety, ultimately contributing to the creation of a safer and more reliable world.

I presented my research work titled An Intelligent Dynamic Fault Diagnostic Model for Rotating Machineries. My presentation was received well in an audience that included academic researchers, engineers and managers from industry. There was a robust Q&A part afterwards during which I successfully address the audience’s questions.

Travelling to Italy and attending such a great international conference was an awesome experience for me both professionally and personally, as it was related not only to my research field but also to my job. The benefits of attending included:

  • Expanding my network in both academia and industry, internationally;
  • Staying up to date on the latest methods, approaches, research gaps in the field of reliability engineering;
  • Receiving offers from other universities to collaborate in the field of reliability engineering research;
  • Receiving feedback from experts about my research work;
  • Valuable insights from other presenters and interactive sessions; and,
  • Networking with people in the same role for other industries to share knowledge and experience.

A special thanks to Dr Leon van der Linden my supervisor who encouraged and supported me to write the conference presentation. Also, thanks to Water Research Australia for providing this opportunity. I would also like to acknowledge and thank my SA Water colleagues who share their knowledge and support my research.

Neda presenting at the 8th International Conference on System Reliability and Safety (ICSRS 2023) in Italy.