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“RESTORE has an excellent environment for research. It is a great opportunity for me to be a part of RESTORE because RESTORE is involved in innovative environmental remediation research projects. Continuous support, advice and feedback from my supportive and experienced supervisors and dynamic colleagues enhance my depth of knowledge. This experience and knowledge from RESTORE will be the pillar for my career as an environmental engineer to serve in the scientific community and for my country (Bangladesh). RESTORE is AWESOME.”

   

Project Title:
Advanced Numerical Modeling of Self-Sustaining Treatment for Active Remediation (STAR)

Project Description:
STAR is a groundbreaking technology for remediation of NAPL contaminated soils. This remediation technology involves ignition and propagation of a smouldering combustion reaction in contaminated porous media to destroy the contaminants. Smouldering is a slow burning, lower energy and flameless form of combustion in which a condensed phase fuel undergoes surface oxidation reactions within a porous matrix resulting in a self-sustaining combustion reaction. The goal of the project is the development of a numerical model capable of simulating STAR to explore and optimize its applications in the field.

Personal Background:
I joined the RESTORE group at Western in May 2010. I am from Bangladesh where I completed both my BSc in Geology and MS in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology from the Department of Geology, University of Dhaka (DU), Bangladesh. I then worked as a lecturer within the same department and I also worked as a hydrogeologist in JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). I am very interested and passionate about environmental issues relating to groundwater and groundwater contamination.