Programs & Projects

The Centre’s research portfolio spans five areas, aligned to Priority Research Themes defined in the Australian Desalination Research Roadmap. These theme areas are:

  • Pre-treatment
  • Reverse osmosis (RO) desalting
  • Novel desalting
  • Concentrate management
  • Social, environmental and economic issues

Download the Project Portfolio fact sheet.

 

Pre-Treatment

Project Name Lead Organisation Principal Investigator Project Status
Assessing the biofouling role of microbes in the desalination system; From the intake pipe to the reverse osmosis membranes Flinders Dr Sophie Leterme In Progress
Evaluation of non-chemical pulsed power technology as an antifouling pre-treatment for reverse osmosis desalination membranes VU Dr Thomas Yeager In Progress
Forward osmosis as a low energy and high efficiency pre-treatment process for reverse osmosis desalination UniSA Prof Linda Zou In Progress
Membrane adsorption bioreactor hybrid system as a pretreatment to reverse osmosis desalination UTS Prof S. Vigneswaran In Progress
Membrane flocculation hybrid system as pre-treatment to brackish water reverse osmosis desalination system: Emphasis on chemical use reduction and recovery UTS Prof S. Vigneswaran In Progress
Modelling, monitoring and control of RO biofouling Murdoch Dr Ralf Cord-Ruwisch In Progress
Non-brittle ceramic hollow fibre membranes Monash Prof Huanting Wang In Progress
The optimisation and improvement of direct filtration pre-treatment to reduce both organic and bio-fouling of RO membranes UTS Prof S. Vigneswaran In Progress
Optimising low-pressure membrane pretreatment for desalination UNSW A/Prof Pierre Le-Clech In Progress
Resilient desalination pre-treatment of saline secondary effluent by ceramic membranes VU Prof Mikel Duke Completed

 

Reverse osmosis (RO) desalting

Project Name Lead Organisation Principal Investigator Project Status
Applying a fibre-optic based surface plasmon resonance sensor prototype in desalination ECU Prof Kamal Alameh In Progress
Assisted forward osmosis for energy savings in RO desalination UNSW A/Prof Pierre Le-Clech In Progress
Control of organic membrane fouling through limitation and control of extracellular microbial products Murdoch Prof Goen Ho Completed
Development of cleaning guidelines for desalination membrane users VU Dr Marlene Cran Completed
Development of universally applicable coatings and additives for state-of-the-art reverse osmosis and pre-treatment membranes Flinders Prof Amanda Ellis In Progress
Fibre-optic sensor for water quality monitoring ECU Prof Kamal Alameh Completed
Green chemicals for effective biofouling removal from and preservation of reverse osmosis membranes UQ Prof Zhiguo Yuan In Progress
Highly productive and selective bio-organic hybrid membrane water filters – Phase 1 UQ Prof Michael Monteiro Completed
Highly productive and selective bio-organic hybrid membrane water filters – Phase 2 UQ Prof Michael Monteiro In Progress
Mitigation of membrane biofouling using natural polysaccharide surface coating – Phase 1 CSIRO Dr Thuy Tran Completed
Mitigation of membrane biofouling using natural polysaccharide surface coating – Phase 2 CSIRO Dr Thuy Tran Completed
Optimising SWRO concentrate discharge during “hot standby” operation UQ Dr Badin Gibbes In Progress
Real time detection and management of biofouling conditioning films in seawater reverse osmosis UNSW Prof Greg Leslie In Progress
Smart materials for corrosion management Deakin Prof Maria Forsyth In Progress
Validation of the assisted forward osmosis – nanofiltration (AFO-NF) concept UNSW A/Prof Pierre Le-Clech In Progress

 

Novel desalting

Project Name Lead Organisation Principal Investigator Project Status
Application of capacitive deionisation in inland brackish water desalination UniSA Prof Linda Zou Completed
Developing highly conductive graphene electrodes for capacitive desalination UniSA Prof Linda Zou Completed
The development of graphene/porous carbon electrodes in CDI technology UniSA Prof Linda Zou Completed
Development of a novel low grade heat driven desalination technology UWA Prof Hui Tong Chua In Progress
Extraction of water and minerals from coal seam gas produced water for beneficial use UOW A/Prof Long Nghiem In Progress
Fertilisers as draw solutes for forward osmosis desalination: A novel approach for fertigation in the murray darling basin UTS Dr Ho Kyong Shon In Progress
High water recovery inland desalination using membrane distillation with ceramic membranes UQ Prof Joe da Costa In Progress
Pilot-scale fertiliser driven forward osmosis desalination of brackish groundwater for the Murray River UTS Dr Ho Kyong Shon In Progress
Pre-feasibility investigation of water and energy options utilising geothermal energy, multi-effect distillation and reverse osmosis UWA Prof Klaus Regenauer-Lieb Completed
Tjuntjunjarra remote inland indigenous community solar/waste energy groundwater desalination project Murdoch Dr Trevor Pryor In Progress

 

Concentrate management

Project Name Lead Organisation Principal Investigator Project Status
Evaluation of vibratory shear membrane technology for concentrate minimisation and brine recovery/recycling Curtin A/Prof Jeff Charrois In Progress
Management of brine disposal into inland ecosystems ECU A/Prof Ray Froend In Progress
Reverse osmosis brine management by membrane distillation crystallisation VU Prof Stephen Gray Completed
Silica removal from groundwater for reverse osmosis water recovery enhancement and waste brine volume reduction VU A/Prof Peter Sanciolo & Prof Stephen Gray Completed
Transverse vibrational motion enhanced submerged hollow fibre membrane crystallizer UNSW Prof Vicki Chen In Progress

 

Social, environmental and economic issues

Project Name Lead Organisation Principal Investigator Project Status
Alternative disposal methods for end-of-life desalination membrane elements VU Dr Marlene Cran In Progress
Assessing and mitigating environmental impacts of SWRO outfalls on key benthic marine organisms Deakin Dr Julie Mondon In Progress
Desalination within supply networks: Exploring and communicating the bigger picture for water, technology and economic development Deakin Prof Michael Porter In Progress
Development of online knowledge support tool for national desalination plants UNSW Prof Greg Leslie In Progress
Nanostructure of diatoms: A predictive model for species sustainability Flinders Dr Sophie Leterme Completed
Opportunities for desalination in Australian agriculture CSIRO Dr Olga Barron Completed
Optimal water supply sources for resilient urban and remote communities: A review of current Australian and international governance arrangements and suggestions for law reforms to promote resilience in Australian arrangements UniSA Prof Jennifer McKay In Progress
Public perception of, and response to, desalination in Australia Deakin Dr Tanya King Completed
Reuse of reverse osmosis membranes UNSW A/Prof Pierre Le-Clech Completed
Web-based public interface tool for climate resilient water sources CSIRO Dr Declan Page In Progress

 

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