Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit

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Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit
Type Research Entity
Established 2011
Academic staff
6
Postgraduates 30+
Location Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
26°11′35.14″S 28°01′46.95″E / 26.1930944°S 28.0297083°E / -26.1930944; 28.0297083Coordinates: 26°11′35.14″S 28°01′46.95″E / 26.1930944°S 28.0297083°E / -26.1930944; 28.0297083
Campus East campus
Website IMWaRU webpage
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The Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit (abbreviated IMWaRU) is one of several research entities based in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. It provides research as well as supervision to masters and doctorate students within the University; as well as consulting to industry.[1]

Unit Structure[edit]

The unit deals with cross disciplinary water issues relating to industry and mining.[2][3] As such the group includes experts in chemical engineering, microbiology and other sciences.

The unit includes five NRF rated researchers and over 20 masters and doctoral level postgraduate students in the faculties of engineering and science.[1]

Members[edit]

The group currently comprises 7 academics (alphabetically - Mogopoleng (Paul) Chego, Kevin Harding,[4][5] Michelle Low,[6] Craig Sheridan,[7] Geoffrey Simate,[8] Karl Rumbold[9] and Lizelle van Dyk), one postdoctoral fellow (Ferdinand Postma[10]) as well as several postgraduate students.

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IMWaRU icon

The logo of the Unit is in the shape of a drop of water, with the left half representing the blue of water.

The right half of the drop is modified to show grass and how water is linked to all life. Underneath the icon are the letters IMWaRU, while to the right, the name "Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit" appears.

Location[edit]

Richard Ward Building, to the right, home to the Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit.

The unit is housed in several buildings across the University, most notably in the Richard Ward Building on East campus.[11] Additionally, some members are located in the Biology Building on East Campus and have access to laboratories in that building.

They also have access to an outdoor facility on West Campus where constructed wetland, and other outdoor, experiments take place.

Research[edit]

2nd floor laboratories of the Richard Ward Building, upgraded in 2013 for use by IMWaRU and others.

The group has a broad range of research publications in the areas as listed below:[12][13]

Collaboration[edit]

The unit works closely with the Centre in Water and Research Development (CiWaRD), a newly established cross disciplinary water research think tank.

Active collaborations include the Schools of Law, Chemistry, Civil and Mining Engineering[1] and the Global Change Institute at the university, in addition to the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany. They have also collaborated with the Universities of Cape Town, Geneva, Queensland and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

IMWaRU has had several Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) projects run through Wits Enterprise.

The unit exhibited with several other groups at Mine Closure 2014.[31]

Presentations[edit]

Constructed wetland equipment used in research experiments by the group.

Members of the group have had presentations given at:

Awards[edit]

The IMWaRU group was awarded a special presentation award at the GAP Bioscience gala dinner in December 2014 for work on remediating AMD using biological substrates.[64]

Charne Germuizhuizen received the best mine water presentation award, while Mogopoleng Chego received the 3rd place best technical talk, at the Water Institute of Southern Africa 2016 (WISA2016) conference in May 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Research Units: IMWaRU, retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. ^ Cornish, L, 2014. Water Research: The foundation for solutions, today and tomorrow, Interview with Dr C. Sheridan, Mining Review Africa, Sept. 2014, Vol 9, p50-52, retrieved 14 November 2014.
  3. ^ Harding, KG, 2014, Accounting for water use in the process industries, ChemTech, April 2014, p3, retrieved 14 November 2014.
  4. ^ Kevin Harding, Google Scholar profile, retrieved 15 November 2017
  5. ^ KG Harding, Mendeley profile, retrieved 15 November 2017
  6. ^ Michelle Low, Google Scholar profile, retrieved 17 November 2017
  7. ^ Craig Sheridan, Google Scholar profile, retrieved 15 November 2017
  8. ^ Geoffrey S. Simate, Google Scholar profile, retrieved 15 November 2017
  9. ^ Karl Rumbold, Google Scholar profile, retrieved 15 November 2017
  10. ^ Ferdinand Postma, Google Scholar profile, retrieved 15 November 2017
  11. ^ Google+, IMWaRU, Google Maps location, retrieved 13 November 2014.
  12. ^ IMWaRU, Google Scholar listing, Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit member publications, retrieved 14 November 2014.
  13. ^ https://www.researchgate.net/project/Industrial-and-Mining-Water-Research-Unit-IMWaRU
  14. ^ Sheridan , C, 2013. The Toxic Legacy of South Africa’s Gold Rush, IChemE presentation, Mining and Minerals special interest group, retrieved 7 November 2014.
  15. ^ Sheridan, C, 2013. Paying the Price, The Chemical Engineer, www.tcetoday.com, 30-32.
  16. ^ a b Sheridan C, Koller, E, de Pretto, A, 2012. A Comparison of charcoal and slag based constructed wetlands for acid mine drainage remediation, WISA2012, Cape Town, South Africa, 6–10 May 2012, retrieved 14 November 2014.
  17. ^ Bonner, Ricky; Aylward, Lara; Kappelmeyer, Uwe; Sheridan, Craig (2017-02-01). "A comparison of three different residence time distribution modelling methodologies for horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetlands". Ecological Engineering. 99: 99–113. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.11.024.
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  26. ^ Dhlamini, S, Mkhonza, T, Haggard, E, Osman, A, Crundwell, F, Sheridan, C, Harding KG, 2013. An Introduction to Water Footprinting, Chemical Technology, Jan 2013, 29-33.
  27. ^ Haggard, E, Sheridan, CM, Harding, KG, 2015. Quantification of water usage at a South African platinum processing plant, WaterSA, 41(2), 279-286.
  28. ^ Ranchod, N, Sheridan, CM, Plint, N, Slater, K, Harding, KG, 2015. Assessing the blue-water footprint of an opencast platinum mine in South Africa, WaterSA, 41(2), 287-293.
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  33. ^ Dwarkapersad, U, Harding, KG, 2012. Life Cycle Assessment on Unilever’s Premium Soap Brands: Lux and Lifebuoy, South African Institution of Chemical Engineering Conference 2012, Champagne Sports Resort, South Africa, 16–19 September 2012.
  34. ^ Gina, N, Gina, D, Harding, KG, 2012. Effective and Efficient Ozone Use on Cooling Water Systems, South African Institution of Chemical Engineering Conference 2012, Champagne Sports Resort, South Africa, 16–19 September 2012.
  35. ^ Macingwane, M, Harding, KG, 2012. Life Cycle Assessment on a Food Manufacturing Facility, South African Institution of Chemical Engineering Conference 2012, Champagne Sports Resort, South Africa, 16–19 September 2012.
  36. ^ Mavukwana, A, Jalama, K, Ntuli, F, Harding, K, 2013. Simulation of sugarcane bagasse gasification using Aspen Plus, International Conference on Energy, Nanotechnology and Environmental Sciences, International Conference Proceedings of Planetary Scientific Research Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 15–16 April 2013, p70-74.
  37. ^ Mavukwana, A, Jalama, K, Harding, K, 2013. Simulation of South African corncob gasification with Aspen Plus: A sensitivity analysis, International Conference on Power Science and Engineering (ICPSE 2013), Paris, France, 20–12 December 2013.
  38. ^ Osman, A, Crundwell, FK, Harding, K, Sheridan, C, Hines, K, Du Toit, A, 2013. Water Accountability and Efficiency at a Base Metals Refinery, Water in Mining 2013, Brisbane, Australia, 26–28 November 2013.
  39. ^ Haggard, E, Sheridan, CM, Harding, KG, 2013. Water Footprint for a South African Platinum Mine, Water in Mining 2013, Brisbane, Australia, 26–28 November 2013.
  40. ^ Ranchod, N, Sheridan, CM, Plint, N, Slater, K, Harding, KG, 2014. Assessing the Water Footprint and Associated Impacts for a South African Platinum Mining Operation, Water in Mining 2014, Viña del Mar, Chile, 28–30 May 2014.
  41. ^ Sheridan, C, Brennan, M, Bye, A, Stange W, Woodley A, 2014. Determining the effect of Grade Engineering® on the water account of a copper mine, Water in Mining, Viña del Mar, Chile, 28–30 May 2014.
  42. ^ Sheridan, CM, Janet, JP, Drake, DC, Rumbold, K, Magowo, W, Harding KG, 2014. Increasing Pumping Depth in the Long-term Management of Acid Mine Drainage, WISA2014, Mbombela (Nelspruit), South Africa, 25–28 May 2014.
  43. ^ Haggard, E, Sheridan, CM, Harding, KG, 2014. Water Footprint for a South African Platinum Processing Mine, WISA2014, Mbombela (Nelspruit), South Africa, 25–28 May 2014.
  44. ^ Ranchod, N, Sheridan, CM, Plint, N, Slater, K, Harding, KG, 2014. Water Accounting for a South African Platinum Mine, WISA2014, Mbombela (Nelspruit), South Africa, 25–28 May 2014.
  45. ^ WISA, 2014. Speaker list, Water Institute of Southern Africa 2014 Conference, Mbombela, South Africa, retrieved 16 December 2014.
  46. ^ Sheridan, C, Bonner, R, Bruyns, L, Burgess, J, Drake, D, Janet, JP, Harding, K, Rumbold, K, Saber, N, 2015. Conceptual Project on Eliminating Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) by Directed Pumping, ICARD, Santiago, Chile, 21–24 April 2015.
  47. ^ Pena, C, Harding, KG, Sonneman, GW, Gemechu, ED, 2015. Material supply opportunity as a new perspective to address the "criticality" issue from a developing countries context: the case of Chile and South Africa, SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, 3–7 May 2015
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  52. ^ Harding, KG, Dheda, D, Sheridan, CM, McIntyre, N, 2015. Water accounting methods for platinum mines in South Africa , Life Cycle Management Conference (LCM2015), Bordeaux, France, 30 August – 2 September 2015
  53. ^ Macingwane, M, Harding, KG, 2015. Life-cycle assessment on a starch facility in South Africa , Life Cycle Management Conference (LCM2015), Bordeaux, France, 30 August – 2 September 2015
  54. ^ Harding, KG, 2015. Modelling & (cradle-to-grave) environmental optimisation of industrial processes, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering 21st Anniversary Conference, 23 September 2015, Sturrock Park, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  55. ^ Osman, A, Crundwell, F, Harding KG, Sheridan, CM, Du Toit, A, 2016. Application of the Water Footprinting Method and Water Accounting Framework to a Base Metals Refining Process, WISA2016, Durban, South Africa, 15–19 May 2016.
  56. ^ Harding, KG, Mofomate, BF, Selato, TR, 2016. Water footprint of a mixed use laboratory/office building at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, WISA2016, Durban, South Africa, 15–19 May 2016.
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  58. ^ Chego, MP, Sheridan, CM, Harding, KG, 2016. Design of a bio-hydrogen reactor for wastewater purification, WISA2016, Durban, South Africa, 15–19 May 2016.
  59. ^ Brink, A, Sheridan, CM, Harding, KG, 2016. Combined biological and advance oxidation process (AOP) for paper and pulp effluent treatment , WISA2016, Durban, South Africa, 15–19 May 2016.
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External links[edit]

School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, WITS - IMWaRU page