Katrina Wruck, mentee in the Energy Minerals Resources program in QLD (QUT)

Katrina is a PhD student in the Waste and Water Transformation group at QUT. After securing an industry sponsored scholarship under the ARC research hub in 2018, she has been working on the creation of novel composite adsorbent materials derived from natural and renewable sources for the selective removal of harmful pollutants from wastewater. Katrina’s research is cross-disciplinary, encompassing knowledge and processes from the fields of polymer chemistry, industrial chemistry, process engineering and materials science to deliver high-tech, innovative solutions in wastewater treatment. She previously competed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chem) and Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Chem) both at QUT.

Katrina has had experience in a range of scientific roles such as research assistant in an organic synthesis lab, Chemist at Mylan pharmaceutical company and tutoring high school level Science, English and Mathematics. More recently, she has been involved as a freelance contributor for Materials Today (Elsevier), Sessional Academic at QUT and a Young Science Ambassador with the Wonder of Science (WOS) outreach program.

Katrina is an active member of the QUT community, involving herself with various groups which foster positive outcomes for students such as the Research Degrees Committee, SEF-HDR (Science & Engineering Faculty Higher Degree Research) society and the Vacation Research Experience Scheme.

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