• UHI Institute of Health Research and Innovation,
    Centre for Health Science,
    Old Perth Road,
    Inverness,
    IV2 3JH

    United Kingdom

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Research Interests

Interests in water quality. Development of purification techniques. Targeting pollution with a focus on human health. Targeting pollution with a focus on human health, recently strutinising nanomaterial Rx removal.

He is collaborating for his research with the Environmental Research Institute at the same Institution, together with multiple stakeholders, including Scottish Water, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. Manuel has further set-up a commercial contact with PolyCatUK Ltd, having completed a feasibility pilot study for the University’s Water Quality Innovation Group.

Manuel’s PhD programme will focus on understanding the nature and extent of the emerging problem of pharmaceuticals in wastewater prior to developing novel at-source solutions to eliminate the risk, particularly with respect to healthcare facilities (e.g. at hospitals). He will explore the potential of novel photocatalytic nanoporous materials and photonic solutions to eliminate pharmaceuticals and their metabolites. Such ‘at source’-approaches are becoming increasingly prominent because commercial wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to target and eliminate pharmaceuticals efficiently. Ecotoxic accumulation of priority substances in surface water has been an acute concern in recent years and this project is characterising further the acute impact of pharmaceutical pollution on human health and how to prevent accumulation of potentially toxic compounds.

Manuel obtained a chemical engineering degree from Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He developed an early interest in water quality research, and he was awarded a first-class mark for his dissertation in the characterisation and quantitative evaluation of bioremediation with microalgae to clean surface water from heavy-metal polluted effluents.

Research links

https://www.hydronationscholars.scot/scholars/manuel-thomas-valdivia

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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