Chibambila Simbeye: PhD candidate to continue the group’s work on alkaline dehydration of human urine

Hello! My name is Chibambila Simbeye, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as a new member of the SLU Urine Research Group. I hail from Chingola, a small mining town in the Copperbelt province of Zambia. My background is in civil engineering. I hold both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in this field, with my master’s focusing on water engineering. For my master’s thesis, I explored the recovery of phosphorus from human urine in the form of vivianite. This further fueled my interest and passion for innovative sanitation solutions.

At SLU, my research will focus on developing alkaline urine dehydration technology for decentralized sanitation systems. I am optimistic that the results of my research will be adopted and implemented to improve sanitation practices around the world. If you have an interest in urine treatment or water and sanitation, I would love to exchange ideas with you.

Why do I do what I do? I firmly believe that access to sanitation is a basic human right that remains unfulfilled in many parts of the world, particularly in developing countries. Urban sprawl has led to the growth of large unplanned settlements where traditional centralized sanitation systems are often unfeasible. I am convinced that decentralized systems, which incorporate source separation, are the key to addressing these challenges sustainably. To achieve this, we need to understand how to manage each waste fraction effectively, with urine being a crucial component.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I am a computing tech enthusiast and an avid fan of competitive sports, especially football and I am always up for a football discussion. I also like to play chess occasionally, so feel free to reach out if you’d like to have a game!

Looking forward to connecting with you all and contributing to the exciting work happening at SLU.

Kale Bwangu! (Direct translation: long ago fast, Meaning: Already done and used a confident salute for mutual understanding)



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