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Sanne Smith

Sanne Smith
I am a doctoral student in Environmental Chemistry at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment. My research is about Per- and PolyFluoroAlkyl substances (PFAS) treatment of contaminated water. I am one of the early stage researches funded through the PERFORCE3 consortium, which is a European network of 15 PhD students in 6 European countries all working on different aspects of the PFAS problem.


My research focuses on treatment technologies for PFAS-contaminated groundwater, stormwater, wastewater and landfill leachate. The technologies I am working with are electrochemical treatment, foam fractionation, biodegradation and electrocoagulation. In addition to these, I am also interested in other innovative methods for treating PFAS contaminated water. I do research both on laboratory and pilot scale and collaborate with several companies that experience issues with PFAS contamination of their water. 


I have a double bachelor in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. My master was in Civil Engineering, with a focus on water treatment technology, at the TU Delft. 


Main supervisor: Professor Karin Wiberg


Associate Professor Lutz Ahrens

Professor Hans Peter Arp

Philip McCleaf (Uppsala Vatten)