Abhishek Dutta

Jongho Lee
Globalink Graduate Fellowship

Research Topic

Harvesting Energy from Waste Streams

Research Description

Wastewater Treatment is a well explored field where several technologies have come up to recycle and reuse both industrial and domestic water from waste streams, to account for shortage of water in several developed and developing countries. However, the energy required to treat these effluent systems is extremely high and there is also the concern of release of greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide and Methane to the atmosphere which would add to global warming significantly. We propose to use innovative separation techniques, designing membranes with specific surface characteristics which can be used to selectively extract these greenhouse gases which in turn are great sources of energy, making the whole process energy efficient and environmentally friendlier. The use of these membranes can also be extended to extract other biofuels from wastes.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I believe UBC has a well established Civil Engineering Department which has a strong focus towards Pollution and Waste Management, especially Water and Wastewater Treatment, which is what I am interested in. Also, I think it is a great place to study, carry out world class research and brings together some of the best minds across several fields of interests under one roof. It is a world class university with great faculty-student experience.


Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I was confident that a graduate degree would help me get ahead in academia. After completing my Masters, I was confident I wanted to get a Doctorate degree as research was my way to go.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I love watching theatre, dance and music. I enjoy playing tennis and travelling the world, meeting new people and learning new languages, exploring different cuisines and knowing more about different cultures. I also love going on treks and hiking trips.