Dr Ademir Abdala Prata Junior
Research Associate

Dr Ademir Abdala Prata Junior

Water Research Centre

Dr Ademir Prata is a Research Associate in the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Water Research Centre and member of the Odour Group. Ademir received a BSc degree in Environmental Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo – UFES (Brazil) in 2013, and his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UNSW in 2017. His research focuses on the emissions to the air and atmospheric transport of pollutants emanating from liquid surfaces (such as wastewater treatment plants) and biosolids. 

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  • Journal articles | 2022
    Liu L; Abdala Prata Junior A; Fisher RM; Stuetz RM, 2022, 'Measuring volatile emissions from biosolids: A critical review on sampling methods.', J Environ Manage, vol. 317, pp. 115290, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.115290
    Journal articles | 2021
    Brancher M; Hoinaski L; Piringer M; Prata AA; Schauberger G, 2021, 'Dispersion modelling of environmental odours using hourly-resolved emission scenarios: Implications for impact assessments', Atmospheric Environment: X, vol. 12, pp. 100124 - 100124, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aeaoa.2021.100124
    Journal articles | 2021
    Prata AA; Santos JM; Timchenko V; Stuetz RM, 2021, 'Modelling atmospheric emissions from wastewater treatment plants: Implications of land-to-water roughness change', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 792, pp. 148330 - 148330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.148330
    Journal articles | 2020
    Cupertino KF; Prata AA; Le-Minh N; Stuetz RM; Santos JM, 2020, 'Comparison of mass transfer parameters inside a USEPA flux hood for two VOCs', Water Science and Technology, vol. 81, pp. 1445 - 1451, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2020.197
    Journal articles | 2019
    Andreão WL; Santos JM; Reis NC; Prata AA; Stuetz RM, 2019, 'Effects of flux chamber configuration on the sampling of odorous gases emissions', International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 140, pp. 918 - 930, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2019.06.029
    Journal articles | 2018
    Calvo MJ; Prata AA; Hoinaski L; Santos JM; Stuetz RM, 2018, 'Sensitivity analysis of the WATER9 model: Emissions of odorous compounds from passive liquid surfaces present in wastewater treatment plants', Water Science and Technology, vol. 2017, pp. 903 - 912, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/WST.2018.271
    Journal articles | 2018
    Lucernoni F; Capelli L; Busini V; Del Rosso R; Prata AA; Stuetz R; Sironi S, 2018, 'Investigation of mass transfer phenomena affecting emission rate of gaseous compounds from porous solids', Process Safety and Environmental Protection, vol. 116, pp. 516 - 526, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2018.02.018
    Journal articles | 2018
    Martins RS; Siqueira MA; Toniato IVF; Cupertino KF; Prata AA; Reis NC; Stuetz RM; Santos JM, 2018, 'Evaluating the flow inside of portable wind tunnels for odour measurements', Chemical Engineering Transactions, vol. 68, pp. 55 - 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.3303/CET1868010
    Journal articles | 2018
    Prata AA; Lucernoni F; Santos JM; Capelli L; Sironi S; Le-Minh N; Stuetz RM, 2018, 'Mass transfer inside a flux hood for the sampling of gaseous emissions from liquid surfaces – Experimental assessment and emission rate rescaling', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 179, pp. 227 - 238, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.02.029
    Journal articles | 2018
    Prata AA; Santos JM; Timchenko V; Stuetz RM, 2018, 'A critical review on liquid-gas mass transfer models for estimating gaseous emissions from passive liquid surfaces in wastewater treatment plants', Water Research, vol. 130, pp. 388 - 406, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2017.12.001
    Journal articles | 2017
    Prata AA; Santos JM; Timchenko V; Reis NC; Stuetz RM, 2017, 'Wind friction parametrisation used in emission models for wastewater treatment plants: A critical review', Water Research, vol. 124, pp. 49 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2017.07.030
    Journal articles | 2016
    Prata AA; Calvo MJ; Boncardo G; Sivret EC; Santos JM; Timchenko V; Stuetz RM, 2016, 'Influence of the fetch parameter on results from empirical correlations for estimating odorous emissions at passive liquid surfaces', Water Science and Technology, vol. 74, pp. 2384 - 2391, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2016.421
    Journal articles | 2016
    Prata AA; Santos JM; Beghi SP; Fernandes IF; Vom Marttens LLC; Pereira Neto LI; Martins RS; Reis NC; Stuetz RM, 2016, 'Dynamic flux chamber measurements of hydrogen sulfide emission rate from a quiescent surface - A computational evaluation', Chemosphere, vol. 146, pp. 426 - 434, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.11.123
    Journal articles | 2016
    Prata AA; Santos JM; Reis NC; Stuetz RM, 2016, 'Assessing built-in wind friction parametrisation in WWTP emission models for estimating compound volatilisation', Chemical Engineering Transactions, vol. 54, pp. 109 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.3303/CET1654019
  • Conference Papers | 2018
    Abdala Prata Junior A; Felder S; Flocard F; Santos JM; Stuetz R, 2018, 'Changes in the Near-Surface Hydrodynamics of a Monochromatic Gravity Wave Field due to a Cylindrical-Shaped Intrusion in the Liquid Surface', in Lau T; Kelso R (ed.), Proceedings of the 21st Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society, Adelaide, SA, Australia, presented at 21st Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 10 December 2018 - 13 December 2018, https://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/imarusic/proceedings/21/Contribution_727_final.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Abdala Prata Junior A; Santos JM; Timchenko V; Stuetz R, 2013, 'Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Analysis of a Portable Wind Tunnel for Sampling of Odorous Emissions at Liquid Surfaces', in Del Rosso R (ed.), Chemical Engineering Transactions, Venice, Italy, pp. 145 - 150, presented at 4th International Conference on Environmental Odour Monitoring & Control, Venice, Italy, 14 September 2013 - 17 September 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.3303/CET1440025

My research is focused on the emission of atmospheric pollutants emanating from liquid surfaces (such as wastewater treatment plants) and biosolids, and their transport in the atmosphere. I combine laboratory testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to investigate enclosure devices for sampling of odorous emissions at liquid surfaces and other area sources. I also study the improvement of emission models and their relation with sampling devices. My major research interests are in transport phenomena applied to air quality, wastewater treatment and atmospheric/odorous emissions.

I have lectured in undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the topics of Fluid Mechanics, Wastewater, Hazardous Wastes, Environmental Sustainability and Water Engineering.