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Dr Antoine Trzcinski

Dr Antoine Trzcinski
Name Antoine Trzcinski
Position Senior Lecturer (Water and Environmental Engineering)
Section School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Office T335
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1617
Extension 1617
Email
Qualifications BChEng UC Louvain , MChemEng UC Louvain , PhD Imperial Coll
Languages French (accredited translator)
Homepage https://scholar.google.com.sg/citations?user=CLFDIWwAAAAJ&hl=en
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  • Environmental Sciences ( 050000 )
  • Membrane and Separation Technologies ( 090404 )
  • Non-automotive Combustion and Fuel Engineering (incl. Alternative/Renewable Fuels) ( 090405 )
  • Wastewater Treatment Processes ( 090409 )
  • Environmental Engineering ( 090700 )
  • Environmental Technologies ( 090703 )
  • Separation Technologies ( 400409 )
  • Wastewater Treatment Processes ( 400410 )
  • Chemical And Thermal Processes In Energy And Combustion ( 400402 )
  • Environmental Engineering ( 401100 )
  • Chemical Engineering ( 400400 )
  • Waste Management ( 401106 )
  • Environmental Biotechnology ( 410300 )
  • Environmentally Sustainable Engineering ( 401102 )
  • Bioremediation ( 410303 )

Currently, I am available to supervise PhD students. Please contact me if you are interested to do a PhD on the following topics:

1. Membrane bioreactor (MBR). This can include aerobic MBR (but anaerobic is preferred) for the treatment of wastewater, Soluble microbial products characterization, partial nitrification, membrane aerated bioreactor, combination of baffled reactor and membrane bioreactor. We have a fully integrated MBR system in our laboratory to carry out this research.

2. Effects of nanoparticles on anaerobic digestion trophic groups. Anaerobic digestion is a complex multi-stage bioprocess involving various types of bacteria and methanogens for the conversion of organics to methane gas which can be harvested for energy production. Some recent evidence showed that the addition of some nanoparticles had positive impacts on some microbial communities which resulted in increased methane production during anaerobic digestion, but very little is known about how this is happening and why. This is an interesting topic that can be investigated by a PhD researcher. We have a gas chromatograph to analyze methane, HPLC to analyze various intermediates and a gas chromatograph coupled with mass spectrometry available in our laboratories to carry out this research.

My research interests include: anaerobic digestion, wastewater treatment, sludge treatment, water-energy nexus, biosolids, sustainable bioprocesses, physical and chemical treatment pre-treatments of waste activated sludge, biosorption, AB process, ultrasonication, ozonation, nitrification, partial nitrification, Anammox, molecular biology, Anaerobic membrane bioreactor, aerobic membrane bioreactor, anaerobic baffled reactor, landfill leachate, municipal solid waste, industrial wastewaters, anaerobic biodegradability, solid/liquid separation, forward osmosis, biorefineries, added-value products from organic waste, algal residues, fouling reduction in submerged anaerobic MBR using adsorbents and cleaning strategies (relaxation, backflushing), analysis of soluble microbial products (SMP) on GC-MS, food waste fermentation for biofuels production, biofuels production (biodiesel, bioethanol) and reduction of the environmental impact of biosolids (algae waste, wheat bran, coffee waste, soybean hulls, rapeseed meal): physico-chemical pre-treatments, fermentation. bioconversion of food waste to sugars using fungal fermentation


Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)


ENV4203 - Public Health Engineering
ENV2105 - Applied Chemistry and Microbiology
ENV4204 - Environmental Technology


9 Years


  • Membrane and Separation Technologies ( 090404 )
  • Non-automotive Combustion and Fuel Engineering (incl. Alternative/Renewable Fuels) ( 090405 )
  • Wastewater Treatment Processes ( 090409 )
  • Environmental Technologies ( 090703 )
  • Separation Technologies ( 400409 )
  • Wastewater Treatment Processes ( 400410 )
  • Chemical And Thermal Processes In Energy And Combustion ( 400402 )
  • Environmental Engineering ( 401100 )
  • Chemical Engineering ( 400400 )