Originally from Ukraine, Olha Khomenko, came to Ireland a year ago to complete her PhD within the European Training Network REFLOW project. Before joining the project, she obtained MSc in chemical engineering, MSc by research in water treatment, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry.
Wenxuan Shi is from China and is working at Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, in a PhD project also within the European Training Network REFLOW project. She obtained her MSc in Environmental Science in China before starting her PhD.
In their current project they are investigating how recycled dairy processing waste application to soil impacts phosphorus availability for crops and evaluating the environmental impacts of using the dairy processing waste as a phosphorus fertilizer. REFLOW is an interdisciplinary cross-sectoral European Training Network combining world-leading scientists and key stakeholders in dairy processing, fertilizer production and phosphorous recycling with early stage researchers to address important technical and socio-economic challenges associated with the recovery of phosphorous from dairy processing waste water and its recycling into fertilizer products enabling sustainable expansion of the dairy industry in Europe.
Teagasc , the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities and is a project partner in REFLOW.