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Tao Wang

Doctor of Philosophy, (Soil science)
Study Completed: 2013
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Development of methodologies for characterisation of biochars produced from human and animal wastes

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Biochar is charcoal made from waste biomass and intended to be added to soil to improve soil function and reduce emissions from the biomass caused by natural degradation to CO2. It is essential to well-characterise biochars prior to land application and incorporation into soils. Mr. Tao Wang produced biochars from human and animal waste streams. The biochars were characterised in terms of nutrients availability and C stability. Simple, economic and robust methods were developed to investigate these properties. This thesis (i) provides useful information on the recycling of agricultural and municipal organic wastes of good quality through the biochar technology, while contributing to recycle nutrients and stabilise carbon; and (ii) establishes useful methodologies for the biochar community to better characterise the biochars.

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