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Rita Noelle Moussa

Conversion of wastewaters and organic waste into chemicals, energy and organic fertilizer

Project Dates: 1 October 2019 - 30 September 2023

“Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it, All it takes is Courage, Imagination and a little Dough” Charlie Chaplin

Rita Noelle is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She is investigating the production of chemicals, energy and organic fertilizer from wastewaters and organic waste. The study will focus on the anaerobic digestion of wastewaters and organic waste using mixed microbial culture. The performance of the process will be assessed by measuring the hydrogen, methane and fatty acids yield. The material remaining or digestate will be tested on a suite of soil using a range of bio-assays-microbial, process-level and plant-based.

Previously, Rita Noelle has studied Biochemistry (B.A., 2014) and a Professional Applied Microbiology (MSc, 2016), at the Lebanese University in Lebanon. During her final year project, she studied the impact of tertiary wastewater treatment for the removal of pharmaceutical products by the newest technologies, on microbial biodiversity. Then, she pursued a Research Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MSc, 2018) at the University of Sheffield, England. Her master’s project focused on the investigation of the Biotechnological and Industrial Purposes of Galdieria sulphuraria, an extremophile green microalga”. Also, she had conducted soil and fertilizer analysis in Lebanon on several types of soil, at the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute.