Josh Brown

STAR Industrial Research

Dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) are a recalcitrant form of subsurface contamination whose remediation has provided an engineering problem to which no distinct solution has been found. Self-sustaining Treatment for Active Remediation (STAR) is an emerging remediation technique that utilizes a subsurface smouldering reaction to destroy non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL) in situ. By utilizing the combustion potential of NAPL compounds, a controlled, flameless smouldering front can be initiated in situ and, provided a sufficient oxidant flux, the smouldering front will propagate through the NAPL destroying the contamination. With a decade of promising research behind STAR, interest from industry has built, prompting research into lab-scale investigation of the efficacy of STAR for site specific conditions. Working in collaboration with the multi-national STAR technology provider, Savron, we at Western lead the front end research and treatability studies into most industry driven STAR projects around the globe.

Personal Background

I graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and minor in Chemistry in 2013. After working for Borea as a field engineer in wind farm development, I joined the RESTORE team in May 2014 as a research engineer focusing on industrial projects. My work has lead me to pursue a Master’s degree under the supervision of STAR co-creator Dr. Gerhard focusing on STAR emissions and their fate in the subsurface.