Olivia Bailey

Project: Sewer systems of the future

Supervisors: Dr Jan Hofman and Dr Tom Arnot


Prior to joining the WISE CDT programme, Olivia completed my first degree in Chemical Engineering (MEng) at the University of Bath in 2015.

During her university career she undertook several water-related projects that captured her interest. She undertook a three-month research project in the development of a photo-amperometric biosensor for water quality indication. This used algal species to detect micro-pollutants, including antibiotics and heavy metals. The main focus of this project was on the development of a cost effective, portable device that provides rapid results for water quality.

Olivia’s final-year design project consisted of the design of a Biorefinery (wastewater treatment with resource recovery). In a small team, the overall process was designed for the small-scale treatment plant with recovery of potable water, energy and nutrients. Her role evolved into a detailed design with particular emphasis on energy recovery through anaerobic digestion.

Work Experience

Her undergraduate degree was inclusive of a year-long Industrial Placement which she completed with the European Centre for Nuclear Research, CERN, in Geneva. During this placement she took on a role within the Safety and Environmental Protection team for the ALICE experiment. She was the sole initiator of a project to build a comprehensive risk assessment – analysing and modelling the impacts of fire in the underground system.

Research Interests
• Wastewater treatment
• Resource recovery from wastewater processes
• Water recycling
• Water footprinting
• Optimisation of water treatment processes
• Sustainability

WISE 2017 Summer School Presentation: Olivia_Bailey_Jun17[1]

June 2017 Poster: Olivia Bailey Jun17