Elisangela Heiderscheidt


Post-Doctoral Researcher
Water and wastewater treatment


Elisangela Heiderscheidt research focuses on water and wastewater treatment processes and systems as well as on diffuse pollution control and resources recovery. E.g., projects NutriSludge - Nutrient availability and losses and risk of micro-pollutant contamination from land spreading of sewage sludge; ON-SITE- Small-scale wastewater treatment systems: governance, efficiency and impacts

Research interests

  • Water and wastewater purification processes and systems
  • Water resources engineering
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Resources recovery
  • Sewage collection and water distribution networks

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Thesis supervisions

Kelechukwu Uche, 2018. Optimizing suspended solids removal during chemical treatment of humic and low turbidity water: Purification of peat extraction runoff water
  • The main objective of this thesis was to evaluate practical solutions for the optimisation of processes i.e. coagulation
    and flocculation, in order to improve the efficiency and reliability of the chemical treatment of the typically humic
    and low turbidity waters discharging from peat extraction site.

Joni Ruottinen, 2018. Impact of concrete type on the leaching of calcium hydroxide during flushing of water distribution network pipes (Finnish)
  • In this thesis, the suitability of different methods for reducing leaching from concrete lined pipes was investigated. The influence of concrete type and flushing water quality on the leaching of alkaline compounds and consequently on water pH was investigated via leaching experiment under laboratory conditions.

Felipe Campos Lopez, 2018 - valuating the effectivity of peat as sorbent material for mining water purification in pilot scale systems
  • The main objective of this thesis was to evaluate the suitability of using peat as a sorbent for the purification of mine process and drainage waters in pilot-scale purification systems.

Satu Kuusiola, 2017. Fate and effects of sewage derived estrogens on aquatic ecosystems
  • The main objective of this thesis was to investigate the occurrence, concentration, fate and estimated environmental impacts of the synthetic estrogen 17-a-ethinylestradiol (EE2) and the natural estrogens 17-b-estradiol (E2) and estrone (E1).  Research methods included literature review and a case study where FATEMOD modelling software.

Research visits

  • Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon. Environmental Science and Technology research group, University of Porto
    1.3.2017 to 31.8.2017