Introduction of Laboratory of Aquatic Environmental Protection Engineering
What we do
Some of our current research activities include the following studies.
- Behavior of heavy metals in rain and river waters
- wastewater treatment processes by combining oxidation pond with membrane technology
- Development of high-rate anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing (ANAMMOX) reactors and analysis of their microbial ecosystem
- Mixed culture biotechnology for bioenergy
The fate of heavy metals entering the aquatic environments has become an increasing concern for researchers and regulators. Heavy metal contamination is attributed both to natural sources and to anthropogenic activities. Therefore, the contamination originates from point (e.g., wastewater discharge) and non-point sources (e.g., spring water and urban runoff). These combined stressors have led to deterioration in aquatic environments. Aquatic biota in urban rivers is stressed by heavy metal contamination. The biological impact of heavy metal on aquatic biota is dependent on the chemical speciation of them. These factors are responsible for the mobilization of heavy metals from the solid phase to the aquatic phase, impacting on the rate of uptake and transfer into aquatic biota. The objectives of this research are 1) to investigate the concentration of heavy metals in an urban river, and 2) to analyze the effect of heavy metal speciation on aquatic biota.