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Éva Farkas

PhD student

Éva Farkas

PhD student

I am third year PhD student, graduated as bioengineer (both BSc and MSc) at BME.

I got introduced into the research group during the preparation of my Bachelor thesis in which I studied utilisation of the Ajka red mud as soil ameliorant. I appreciated very much the atmosphere and work ethic within the group, for which reason I did extra research work there during my MSc studies and finally I elected to prepare my MSc thesis on the subject of the Terra Preta project focusing on the application of biochar for amelioration of acidic sandy soils. My MSc thesis was completed during the initial stage of the scale-up technology development, the next stages of which became the subject of my PhD research.

During my PhD work we studied by an integrated methodology biochars from various biomass feedstocks and ranked them based on our scoring system. The three best rated biochar products were used in soil microcosm experiments, after which we selected one biochar for field application in field plots at two model sites (Őrbottyán and Nyírlugos). Further to monitoring of the long-term effects of biochar in soil (2.5 years), currently we are modelling in the laboratory the biochar ageing process to detect the changes of biochar properties versus time and we monitor in water extracts the effect of biochar on the water ecosystem.

I am involved in teaching at faculty level (Microbiology, Environmental Toxicology, practical courses, Environmental Toxicology, lectures) and I supervise several Msc and Bsc students in the preparation of their thesis and I provide help to the students working in our laboratory. During my PhD work I participated at conferences and I was the author and co-author of several publications.

The list of my publications can be reached in the Publications Database of the Hungarian Academy of Science  (MTMT).