Felicity Roddick is Professor of Environmental Technology with 25 years experience in the treatment of water and wastewater by various means including physical, chemical and biological processes.
She established the Water: Effective Technologies and Tools (WETT) Research Centre in 2011 and served as Director until 2016 after having undertaken many administrative roles at College and School level including Associate Dean (R&I) for the College of Science Engineering and Health, and foundation Head of the School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering. The WETT Centre won the RMIT Research Excellence – Team Award in 2013.
She was a researcher with the CRC for Water Quality and Treatment since its inception in 1995, and now its successor organization, Water Research Australia, and she served as Chairman of the Education Committees of both until recently. Recent awards include the RMIT Research Excellence- Leadership Award for 2013, the Ralph McIntosh medal for outstanding service to HDR students in 2014, and the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Supervision Excellence in 2016.
Professor Roddick’s main research interests are the characterisation and removal of organic matter from potable and waste water, with a particular interest in advanced oxidation, membrane treatment and algal processes and their application to water reclamation and resource recovery.
Professor Roddick is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, as well as a member of the Australian Water Association and the International Water Association.
Areas of research and consulting expertise
- Potable and waste water treatment via physical, chemical and biological means, and combinations of these
- Characterisation and removal of organic matter from all water types
- Advanced oxidation processes and membrane processes
- Impact of algae on water quality and treatment processes, and their application for wastewater treatment.
- DEng (RMIT University)
- MAppSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Melbourne)
- BAppSc (Applied Biology) with Distinction (RMIT)
- FRMIT- Fellowship Diploma in Applied Biology
- Pramanik, B K., Roddick, F. A., and Fan, L. Combining coagulation/MIEX with biological activated carbon treatment to control organic fouling in the microfiltration of secondary effluent. Membranes 6, 39 doi:10.3390/membranes6030039
- Zhang, X., Devanadera, M.C.E., Roddick, F.A., Fan,L and Dalida, M.L.P Impact of algal organic matter released from Microcystis aeruginosa and Chlorella sp. on the fouling of a ceramic microfiltration membrane Water Research 103 pp 391-400 doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.07.061
- Pradhan, S. Fan, L. Shahsavari, E. and Ball, A.S. 2016 Impact of salinity on organic matter and nitrogen removal from a municipal wastewater RO concentrate using biologically activated carbon coupled with UV/H2O2 Water Research (94) 103-110 doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.02.046
- Sinclair, M., Roddick, F., Grist S, Nguyen T, O'Toole J Leder K. 2016 Variability in 24 hour excretion of cyanuric acid: implications for water exposure assessment. Journal of Water Health. 14(2):192-8. doi: 10.2166/wh.2015.230.
- Sinclair, M. Roddick, F. Nguyen, T. O'Toole, J. Leder, K. 2016 Measuring water ingestion from spray exposures, Water Research vol 99, pp 1–6 doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.04.034
- Umar, M. Roddick, F. and Fan, L. 2016 Impact of coagulation as a pre-treatment for UVC/H2O2-biological activated carbon treatment of a municipal wastewater reverse osmosis concentrate in Water Research vol 88, pp. 12–19 ISSN: 0043-1354
- Pramanik, B. Roddick, F. and Fan, L. 2016, 'Long-term operation of biological activated carbon pre-treatment for microfiltration of secondary effluent: Correlation between the organic foulants and fouling potential', in Water Research, vol. 90, pp. 405-414 ISSN: 0043-1354
- Umar, M. Roddick, F. and Fan, L. 2016, 'Comparison of coagulation efficiency of aluminium and ferric-based coagulants as pre-treatment for UVC/H2O2 treatment of wastewater RO concentrate', in Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier BV, Netherlands, vol. 284, pp. 841-849 ISSN: 1385-8947
- Nguyen, L. Hai, F. Price, W. Kang, J. Leusch, F. Roddick, F. van der Merwe, J. Magram, S. and Nghiem, L. 2015, 'Degradation of a broad spectrum of trace organic contaminants by an enzymatic membrane reactor: Complementary role of membrane retention and enzymatic degradation', in International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, Elsevier Ltd, United Kingdom, vol. 99, pp. 115-122 ISSN: 0964-8305
- Pradhan, S. Fan, L. and Roddick, F. 2015, 'Removing organic and nitrogen content from a highly saline municipal wastewater reverse osmosis concentrate by UV/H2O2-BAC treatment', in Chemosphere, Pergamon Press, United Kingdom, vol. 136, pp. 198-203 ISSN: 0045-6535 DOI information: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.05.028
- Pramanik, B. Roddick, F. Fan, L. Jeong, S. and Vigneswaran, S. 2015, 'Assessment of biological activated carbon treatment to control membrane fouling in reverse osmosis of secondary effluent for reuse in irrigation', in Desalination, Elsevier BV, Netherlands, vol. 364, pp. 90-95 ISSN: 0011-9164
- Pramanik, B. Roddick, F. and Fan, L. 2015, 'Treatment of secondary effluent with biological activated carbon to reduce fouling of microfiltration membranes caused by algal organic matter from Microcystis aeruginosa', in Journal of Membrane Science, Elsevier BV, Netherlands, vol. 496, pp. 125-131 ISSN: 0376-7388 doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2015.08.063
- Puspita, P. Roddick, F. and Porter, N. 2015, 'Efficiency of sequential ozone and UV-based treatments for the treatment of secondary effluent', in Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier, Netherlands, vol. 268, pp. 337-347 ISSN: 1385-8947 DOI information: 10.1016/j.cej.2015.01.077
- Destruction of toxicity and reduction of the organic content of municipal wastewater reverse osmosis concentrate. Funded by: Smart Water Fund (2012-2016)
- Protozoan mimics: Cryptosporidium surrogates for validation of granular media filtration. Funded by: Water Research Australia Grants from (2014 to 2016)
- An assessment methodology for screening wastewater streams causing reduction of UVT. Funded by: Water Research Australia (2014-2016)
- A novel approach to quantify indirect ingestion of recycled water - improving the evidence base for water guidelines. Funded by: Water Quality Research Australia (WQRA) from (2012 to 2013)
- Particles, pathogens and micropollutants. Funded by: Australian Water Recycling - Centre of Excellence from (2013 to 2014)
13 PhD Completions and 9 Masters by Research Completions6 PhD Current Supervisions and 3 Masters by Research Current Supervisions