Pilot scale studies on vacuum-driven anaerobic digestion (IntensiCarb Technology)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Post-Doctoral Scientist
Job Institution: 
Western University
Job Description: 

Project Outline

A patent-pending vacuum-driven technology has been developed by the industrial partners involved in this project. This technology, called IntensiCarb, has as main goal intensifying biosolids processing with simultaneous resource recovery. A pilot-scale system has been commissioned and installed at Greenway WWTP in London, ON. The appointed post-doc scientist will be responsible for conducting experimental and modeling studies using the existing systems and the SUMO software.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Literature review, work plan development, design of experiment
  • System maintenance and operation
  • Sample collection and characterization
  • Analytical tests, data analysis, reporting
  • Process modelling
  • Technical reports
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Presentation at conferences  

Start date:

  • Nov 1st, 2021 (or as soon as possible)
  • March 30th, 2023

Preferred areas of expertise

PhD in Civil, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering with previous experience in biosolids research including sludge characterization, sample processing, fermentation/digestion. Process modeling expertise (ideally in SUMO) is highly desirable.  

Supporting equipment operations

  • Water quality analysis.
  • Biogas measurements and BMP testing
  • Wet chemistry methods
  • Laboratory methods (Spectrophotometer, digesters, Furnace/Oven, Filtration, etc.).

Contact information

Prof. George Nakhla
Professor and Chair
Western University, Canada
Email: gnakhla@uwo.ca

Mr. Ahmed Al-Omari
Senior Process Engineer
Brown and Caldwell, USA
Email: aalomari@browncald.com

Dr. Domenico Santoro
Senior Research Scientist
USP Technologies, Canada
Email: dsantoro@usptechnologes.com