Faculty Members ITO Ayumi
- Doctorate (Engineering) Field of Degree: Civil Engineering
Fields of Research
- Water supply and sewerage system engineering
- Water environment engineering
- March 1999: Completed Industrial Development Engineering Doctoral Program, Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University
- April 1, 1999 - March 31, 2004: Assistant, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
- April 1, 2004 - August 2019: Associate Professor, Frontier Materials and Function Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University
- April 2004 - March 2009: additional posting to Construction and Environmental Engineering
- April 2009 - March 2015: additional posting to Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
- September 2019 - Present: Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Systems Innovation Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Iwate University
Developing technology to recover resources from the sludge produced by sewage treatment
The water we use becomes sewage. It is purified at treatment plants but sludge is generated. This sludge includes useful substances such as organic materials and phosphorus and can be used as an energy source and as fertilizer. At the same time, however, it also includes trace contaminants such as heavy metals and organic chemical substances. Therefore, we are developing new technologies that use the functions of microorganisms and oxidants or photocatalysts for the decontamination and the recovery of useful substances.
Civil and environmental engineers need a broad range of knowledge of civil infrastructure, such as roads and bridges or water and sewage systems. Among them, in the field of water and sewage systems, I want to create engineers with knowledge of water quality and purification as well as water ecosystem preservation and the effective use of waste.