Associate Professor Stuart James Khan

Associate Professor Stuart James Khan

Fields of research: Environmental Engineering, Water Quality Engineering, Water Treatment Processes, Wastewater Treatment Processes
Campus: Kensington
Tags: Agricultural and Environmental Standards, Electricity, gas and water services and utilities

Associate Professor in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Research interest

Level 1: I study the presence and treatment of chemical contaminants in water systems

Level 2: I investigate the presence, fate and implications of trace chemical substances in drinking water, wastewater, recycled water and the environment.

Level 3: My research encompasses the fate of trace organic contaminants during conventional and advanced water treatment processes, with a particular emphasis on...

Associate Professor in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Research interest

Level 1: I study the presence and treatment of chemical contaminants in water systems

Level 2: I investigate the presence, fate and implications of trace chemical substances in drinking water, wastewater, recycled water and the environment.

Level 3: My research encompasses the fate of trace organic contaminants during conventional and advanced water treatment processes, with a particular emphasis on water recycling applications.

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

I moved into engineering from a background in science. I did so because I felt the need to really apply technical knowledge and creative ideas in a way that could bring immediate practical benefits to human societies.

What are your research goals?

My overarching research goal is to facilitate the improvement of sustainable urban water management. I do this by improving our understanding of water treatment capabilities, water quality monitoring and risk management. These areas are crucial to support the increased application of more sustainable water supply options such as potable water recycling.

What do people not understand about what you do?

The technical ability to provide extremely high quality safe drinking water from recycled municipal wastewater (sewage) is poorly appreciated by much of the community. Similarly, the potential considerable advantages of some approaches to potable water recycling are commonly not clearly acknowledged. Society has much to gain from an improved understanding of capabilities of engineered urban water supply systems.

Advice for prospective environmental engineers

Environmental engineering requires sound knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles, but also an aptitude for creative thinking. Our challenge is to envision how the world could be and then to identify the practical means of achieving an optimum future for society.

Lectures/courses taught

Water & Wastewater Treatment

Water & Wastewater Quality and Analysis

Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis

Environmental Principles and Systems

Atmospheric Chemistry

Chemical Risk Assessment

Hydrogeochemistry

Water Recycling and Seawater Desalination

Engineering Design Practice

Students

Number currently in lab: 6 PhD students

Number graduated: 6 PhD students

PhD Student projects:

Carvajal Ortega, GEA (2013-continuing) Reliability assessment for direct potable water recycling systems. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Principal Supervisor.

Li, X (2012-continuing) Advanced characterisation of dissolved organic nitrogen in drinking water sources: Implications for mitigating against nitrogenous disinfection by-product formation. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Joint Supervisor.

Teo, T (2012-continuing) Risk Assessment of Chemical Contaminants in Swimming Pools. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Principal Supervisor.

Kobayashi Y (2012-continuing) Deeper and broader life cycle risk assessment - extending the frontier for hybrid methodologies. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Principal Supervisor.

Wang L (2010-continuing) Chiral analysis of polycyclic musks in urban wastewaters. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Principal Supervisor.

Trinh TT (2010-2013) Process robustness and impacts of hazardous events on membrane bioreactor treatment performance. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Principal Supervisor.

Singh S (2008-2013) Fluorescence as an online monitoring tool for membrane integrity. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Principal Supervisor.

Hashim NH (2007-2011) Use of chiral pharmaceutical compounds to characterise sewage treatment processes and sewage contamination in surface water. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Principal Supervisor.

Hambly A (2007-2012) Fluorescence as a tool for detection of failures in recycled water treatment. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Principal Supervisor.

Minh NL (2006-2010) Removal of antibiotics in wastewater using activated sludge and membrane bioreactors. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Co-Supervisor.

Parcsi G (2006-2010) Chemical analysis of odorants from poultry facilities. PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. Co-Supervisor.

Professional organisations and contributions

Engineers Australia – Member (MIEAust).

Member of the Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Member of the Project Review Team for Water Research Australia.

Chair of the Management Committee of the Australian Water Association (AWA) Water Recycling Specialist Network Committee.

Member of the Management Committee of the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group on Water Reclamation and Reuse.

Current research projects

Khan SJ, Roser DJ, van den Akker B, Leusch F, Deere D, Lim C (2013-2015) NatVal 2.2 – Sub-project 4: Validation Protocols (Integrated Testing Strategy) for a Multi-Barrier Approach in Water Recycling. Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence (AWRCE). http://www.australianwaterrecycling.com.au/news/second-phase-of-national...

Walker T, Stanford BD, Alexander K, Snyder S, Khan SJ, Robillot C (2014-2015) Critical Control Point Assessment to Quantify Robustness and Reliability of Multiple Treatment Barriers of a DPR Scheme. The WateReuse Foundation WateReuse-13-03. http://www.watereuse.org/sites/default/files/u8/RFP_WRF-13-03.pdf

Stanford BD, Routt JC, Debroux JF, Khan SJ and Wright B (2011-2013) Water Quality Impacts of Extreme Weather-Related Events. Water Research Foundation (USA), Request for Proposals (RFP 4325). http://www.waterrf.org/ExecutiveSummaryLibrary/4324_ProjectSummary.pdf

Khan SJ (2013) Drinking Water through Recycling: The benefits and costs of supplying direct to the distribution system. Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence (AWRCE). http://www.atse.org.au/atse/activity/water/reports/content/activity/wate...

Khan SJ, Le-Clech P, Khelifi O (2013) Australian-Tunisian Partnership to Strengthen the Global Competence of Students and Faculty in Wastewater Management. Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR), Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Khan SJ, Deere D, Leusch FD, Humpage A, Cunliffe D, Jenkins, M (2013-2015) Identify and assess the water quality risks from extreme events. Water Quality Research Australia. Request for Proposals 2012. http://www.waterra.com.au/project-details/158

Humpage A, Leusch F, Page D, Gonzalez D, Keegan A, Ingleton G, Holmes M, Froscio S, Knight N, Hawker D, Khan S, Bartkow M, Middleton D, Gernjak W, Lampard JL (2013-2015) Assessing the human health risks associated with micropollutants in stormwater intended for beneficial reuse. Water Quality Research Australia. Request for Proposals 2012. http://www.waterra.com.au/project-details/157

Khan SJ, Peters GM and Ashbolt NJ (2011-2014) Deeper and broader life cycle risk assessment - extending the frontier for hybrid methodologies. Australian Research Council, Linkage Projects 2011.

Baker A, Khan SJ and Blyth A (2011-2013) Source-Receptor Analysis of Lignin and Lipid Macromolecules in Karst to Quantify Stalagmite Biomarker Proxies of Vegetation and Temperature Change. Australian Research Council, Discovery Projects 2011.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Engineering); Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales. Conferred on 11th April, 2003.

Bachelor of Science (Hons 1, Organic Chemistry); Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. Conferred on 2nd March, 1995.

Location

Civil Engineering Building (H20)
Level 3, Room CE311
Kensington Campus

Contact

(+61 2) 9385 5070
(+61 2) 9385 6139

Research Activities