Sophia Waseem Khan

Undergraduate, Durham University

About Sophia Waseem Khan

Hi! I'm Sophia, an aspiring scientist and philomath. I love learning about everything and anything and delight in spending time with people who are passionate about the things they love!

I am really interested and curious about how we can use chemistry to improve processes and products to help society. For example, my research project is looking into the possibility of turning struvite, a mineral which is a by-product of waste-water treatment processes into slow-release nitrogen and phosphorous fertilisers, which would be a green source nitrogen and phosphorous fertilisers and help achieve goals of zero-waste. 

If you are researching something similar or are interested in learning more about the project, please reach out! I am super happy to talk about the project and meet other who are doing something similar and possibly collaborate! 

I am a/an:

Undergraduate Leadership & Research Scholar


Durham University

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

Chemistry Environmental Geoscience

Area of Expertise


I speak:

English Irish Spanish

My hobbies/interests are:

Hiking/walking Music Nature & environment Reading Video/filmmaking

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


Intro Content

Outline Proposal Chemistry Environment

Project Outline: Can we turn a waste product struvite, into slow release fertilisers?

The scope of this research project is to investigate and identify a method to extract the ammonium and phosphate groups from struvite. The project would also explore economically viable pathways of implementation of the extraction method in existing wastewater treatment plants.

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Channels contributed to:

STEM Research

Rooms participated in:

Durham University Imagining our future

Recent Comments

Nov 05, 2023

Hi Thomas! What an amazing post and story! It was wonderful to work with you too during the residential!