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Project participants
harsha_med_bokerHarsha Ratnaweera

Prof., Dr.Ing. 

Professor in water technology and the Head of Research at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.  Represents Norway at the European Water Association. Coordinator of “Water Harmony Eurasia-II” project.


MSc (1987) at National Technical University of Ukraine; PhD (1992) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 

Research interests:

  • Coagulation of water and wastewater
  • Process optimisation of chemical and biological processes
  • Membrane processes for drinking water and wastewater
  • Surveillance of water quality and remote data processing
  • NOM/Colour removal from drinking water
  • Image processing in water treatment for process optimisation
  • Increase plant availability of phosphates in wastewater sludge
  • Modelling of treatment processes
  • Statistical methods in water: virtual/software sensors


Zakhar Maletskyi

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at NMBU, Project secretary


Dr Zakhar Maletskyi is a member of Water, Environment, Sanitation and Health (WESH) research group at the Faculty of Science & Technology (REALTEK) since 2015 as postdoctoral fellow in Water & Wastewater Treatment with major in Membrane Processes.

Dr Maletskyi’s research interests are within fields of Membrane, Adsorption and Ion Exchange technologies for water and wastewater treatment.

Currently Dr Maletskyi is involved into research projects with focus on chemical methods of fouling control in MBR and foulants characterization, combined adsorption-membrane technologies for NOM removal, processing and utilization of waste water sludge.

Dr Maletskyi teaches membrane filtration subjects in THT272 – Treatment of Water and Sewage and THT311 – Water Resources Management and Treatment Technologies courses.

As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP, Project Management Institute), Zakhar Maletskyi is involved as coordinating secretary into international research and educational projects: Water Harmony Eurasia (SIU), Water Harmony ERASMUS + and International Partnership on Membrane Processes for Research and Educational Excellence – MEMPREX (RCN). Zakhar Maletskyi is a contributing member in Water, Society and Climate Change – WaSo Africa & Asia projects (NORHED / Norad).

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