Images of Research: Forging sustainable futures

Transforming industrial wastelands

Category: Protecting our planet

A montage showing contaminated water, limestone and a landscape

Degrading industrial waste releases abundant, potentially toxic elements into surface waters (top). Our research explores tufa (a freshwater limestone, bottom) as an aid in cleaning dirty water in derelict industrial landscapes (center) - specifically, the simple yet versatile chemical reactions which lead to the formation of new minerals capable of consuming the contaminants. Such processes offer a nature-based, long-term and cost-effective restoration method for sites such as former steelworks and mining districts.

Entrant: Marta Kalabov√° , Civil And Environmental Engineering

Copyright: Marta Kalabov√°