PFAS Source Zone Remediation by Foam Fractionation and in situ Fluidisation

PFAS Source Zone Remediation by Foam Fractionation and in situ Fluidisation

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Opening Date

15 Oct 2019 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

31 Dec 2019 12am AEDT 

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We seek a suitably qualified environmental scientist or engineer with skills in organic chemistry, environmental science, ecotoxicology, hydrogeology and/or environmental engineering to work on a new and innovative solutions-focused PhD research study on the remediation of PFAS contaminants. The PhD is part of a UNSW-Macquarie University ARC and industry funded 3-year project.

PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substance) contamination of soil and groundwater is a major national and international pollution issue for which there are limited effective in situ clean-up solutions.

The Macquarie component of this ARC funded project will develop and refine a method for the in situ remediation of PFAS groundwater contamination using downhole foam fractionation. The foam fractionation method involves the removal of PFASs held in groundwater by creation of a foam, which is extracted as a liquid concentrate. Research to date suggests that foam fractionation of groundwater contaminated with PFAS can result in removal efficiencies of greater than 90%, providing an entirely new and innovative approach for the aggressive removal of PFAS from contaminated source zones. This project will develop the foam fractionation methods using column and tank testing, with the intention of leading to a field pilot trial at a PFAS-contaminated site. The toxicity of these solutions both pre and post treatment will also be evaluated. This research will be conducted in parallel with the soil remediation component of the project, by the UNSW project team.


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Living Allowance Stipend and Tuition Fee Offset. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a MQRES full-time stipend rate of $28,092 per annum (2020 rate, tax exempt for up to 3 years and indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Prof. Mark P. Taylor
Phone: 02 98504221

How to Apply

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Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship"

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