Februriyana Pirade, or Yana was born and raised in Indonesia where water pollution and clean-safe water access are prominent issues. These problems motivated her to study Environmental Engineering and completed her bachelor study in Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember. After working for 1.5 years as a private environmental consultant, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Environmental Technology and Engineering (IMETE) offered as a joint program by IHE Delft, UCT Prague and Ghent University (2019-2021) under Erasmus scholarship. For her thesis, she worked on a novel identification and quantification method of nanoplastic in surface water. This research experience fueled her interest in nanoplastic field, which she will continue for her PhD on nanoplastic removal for drinking water treatment.
Her research focuses on removal of nanoplastic in drinking water treatment. Micro- and recently nanoplastic are emerging contaminants that draw public and regulators attention due to their eco-toxicity. Although more stringent regulations are established for plastic particles threshold in drinking water systems, but knowledge about the removal in our current installations is limited. In her PhD research, Yana will investigate the removal mechanisms of nanoplastics during sand filtration for drinking water treatment. Sand filter is a basic and low-tech water treatment option which widely available all over the world, making the gained knowledge from her research accessible even for water treatment plant in developing countries.
2021-12-15 - 2023-12-15