Oksana holds the Research Grants Officer position within the Research Grants Team at the central UTS Research Office. Her primary focus and passion is supporting high-quality research and making an impact through administering internal and external research grants portfolio of the university. This includes managing the complete life cycle of research project funding, including identification of potential funding opportunities, supporting proposal development and liaison with funders, and establishment of successful projects. Oksana is committed to providing outstanding level of service to the academic community within UTS.
Oksana has completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aeronautical Engineering at the National Aviation University (Kiev, Ukraine). Her competencies have been assessed by Engineers Australia, and she is a recognised Professional Aeronautical Engineer.
Oksana completed her PhD degree in Science at the University of Technology Sydney, Climate Change Cluster (C3) focusing on developing a system for cost-effective production of microalgal biomass. Her research has been presented at international scientific conferences, events for general community, and she has collaborated with industry partners. Oksana secured a number of scholarships and awards, including UTS International Research Scholarship, UTS President Scholarship, Personal stipend from ex-President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, and multiple outstanding student awards at the National Aviation University.
Oksana is highly experienced at providing support to the research community, primarily due to the multiple positions she held at UTS Library over the years.
Microalgal biomass production
Chekli, L, Eripret, C, Park, SH, Tabatabai, SAA, Vronska, O, Tamburic, B, Kim, JH & Shon, HK 2017, 'Coagulation performance and floc characteristics of polytitanium tetrachloride (PTC) compared with titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and ferric chloride (FeCl3) in algal turbid water', Separation and Purification Technology, vol. 175, pp. 99-106.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2016 Elsevier B.V. Seasonal green algae blooms in freshwaters have raised attention on the need to develop novel effective treatment processes for the removal of algae in water. In the present study, the performance of newly developed polytitanium tetrachloride (PTC) coagulant for the removal of freshwater microalga Chlorella vulgaris has been investigated and compared with titanium tetrachloride (TiCl 4 ) coagulant and the conventional ferric chloride (FeCl 3 ) coagulant. The main benefit of using titanium-based coagulants is that the sludge produced after flocculation may be recycled into a valuable product: titanium dioxide photocatalyst. Both titanium-based coagulants achieved good flocculation over a broader pH range and coagulant dose compared to conventional FeCl 3 coagulant. All three coagulants achieved comparable performance in terms of turbidity removal (i.e. turbidity removal efficiency > 97%); although TiCl 4 performed slightly better at the lower tested dose (i.e. < 9 mg/L). Zeta potential measurements indicated that charge neutralisation may not be the sole mechanism involved in the coagulation of algae for all three coagulants. Analysis of the dynamic floc size variation during floc breakage showed no regrowth after floc breakage for the three coagulants. The flocs formed by both Ti-based coagulants were larger than those formed by FeCl 3 and also grew at a faster rate. This study indicates that Ti-based coagulants are effective and promising coagulants for algae removal in water.