Researchers from Unesp and Ireland will cooperate in study on water quality [UNESP News]

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    Researchers from Unesp and Ireland will cooperate in study on water quality


    Professor Daniel Marcos Bonotto, from Unesp Rio Claro, has established a partnership with the Queen’s University that could help identifying contamination on surface water and groundwater  


    Professor Daniel Marcos Bonotto, from the Institute of Geosciences and Hard Studies from Unesp Rio Claro, will cooperate with professor Trevor Elliot, from Queen’s University of Belfast in order to develop a project that involves surface and groundwater analysis using noble gases. Due to the fact that noble gases do not mix with other chemical elements, they can identify contaminations.

    The project, written by the two professors, was one of the twelve winners of the SPRINT (São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration), a program designed to encourage and promote the advancement of scientific research through the engagement of researchers affiliated with research institutions in the State of São Paulo with researcher partners abroad and promoted by Fapesp (Sao Paulo Research Foundation).

    The project, called Environmental Tracers of Water Resources Management, will analyze the quality of surface waters from the Corumbatai River Basin and the growndwater from the Guarani aquifer, both located in the Sao Paulo state area. The idea is to use a technique that uses noble gases to detect elements in very small proportions, the so called trace elements.

    Bonotto states that the Irish institution has a laboratory specialized in the use of noble gases to analyze water. "On the other hand, Unesp Rio Claro is located in the Corumbatai River Basin, one of the most studied ones in the Sao Paulo state", he explains. According to the Unesp professor, the partnership will be helpful to elaborate more accurate methods of contaminants.

    "At Unesp, we have a lot of experience with the use of radon", professor Bonotto explains. "The advantage of using noble gases is that they do not combine with other chemical elements, therefore, they are excellent to identify possible contamination. It is sort of a sniffer for contaminations".

    The Fapesp Call all also involves the mobility of researchers between both institutions. The arrival of a PhD student from Queen’s University to study the Corumbataí River Basin is already scheduled.

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    Atualizada em 31/03/2015 às 15:04 - Responsável: Marcelo Carneiro da Silva


    Period31 Mar 2015

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    • TitleResearchers from Unesp and Ireland will cooperate in study on water quality [UNESP News]
      PersonsTrevor Elliot