Eric Sivret

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Eric Sivret

Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Room Level ,2 Room 225 , School of Engineering

03 6226 2899 (phone)

Dr. Eric Sivret is a Lecturer in the school of engineering. His research revolves around the question of how might we apply advanced monitoring and modelling techniques to improve the quality of environments and better manage waste? Eric’s research philosophy is rooted in a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to understanding complex environmental engineering problems and he collaborates with scientists and engineers across a range of fields.

Eric’s research focuses on three main areas: (1) improving the operation and control of wastewater treatment process and sewer systems; (2) understanding emerging issues related to the disposal of wastes; and (3) understanding the impacts of indoor environments on occupant health and wellbeing.


Over the last 20 years, Eric has worked both as an environmental consultant and as a researcher across a range of subject areas. The driving theme to his career has been delivering data driven projects to provide private and public-sector clients with novel solutions to practical problems.

Following completion of his PhD, Eric was a Senior Research Associate at the UNSW Water Research Centre. There he led projects to answer research questions related to environmental odours, indoor environmental quality, sewer network and wastewater treatment plant odour abatement, and biosolids handling/disposal. During this time Eric collaborated broadly across the wastewater industry and developed a portfolio of industry funded contract research projects. In his current role at UTAS, Eric is developing applied research themes related to waste and the management of emissions to the environment that are embedded in the Tasmanian context and relevant to the broader industry.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award


Off-Gas Nitrous Oxide Monitoring for Nitrification Aeration Control

University of New South Wales





University of New Brunswick



Languages (other than English)



Professional practice

Engineers Australia (EA)

Australian Water Association (AWA)


Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Air Quality, Environmental Odours, Sewers, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Engineering, Process Design, Project Management.

Teaching expertise

Eric is experienced in teaching across a range of engineering subject areas including engineering design, environmental engineering, and wastewater treatment processes.

View more on Dr Eric Sivret in WARP


Wastewater treatment and sewer systems

Odours analysis and control

Sampling and analysis of air for volatile organic compounds and volatile sulfur compounds

Indoor environmental quality

Research Themes

The UTAS research theme/s to which your work relates. These are: Better Health; Creativity, Culture and Society; Marine, Antarctic and Maritime; Environment, Resources and Sustainability; and Data, Knowledge and Decisions. Describe the broad, over-arching research interest in a way that generally describes the research activity/projects that you and your group undertake, using the format provided in the example below.

Eric's research primarily aligns to the University's research theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. During his research career he had delivered a wide range of projects that enabled industry to improve the management of emissions from a wide range of sources including wastewater treatment processes, sewer networks, food processing facilities, composting facilities, and landfills. Eric’s research focuses on applying advanced monitoring and modelling techniques to improve the quality of environments and better manage the emissions (noise, odour, biosolids, and wastewater) from industry. His research interests also include improving indoor environments to enhance occupant satisfaction, wellbeing, and productivity.


Eric was responsible for the delivery of the odour components of the SCORe (sewer corrosion and odour research) ARC Linkage project that has been internationally recognised for its contributions to the water industry and the wider field of Engineering. This project was awarded the International Water Association (IWA) Asia Pacific Regional Project Innovation Award for Applied Research and the International Water Association (IWA) Global Project Innovation Award (Applied Research).

Fields of Research

  • Wastewater treatment processes (400410)
  • Environmentally sustainable engineering (401102)
  • Environmental management (410499)
  • Environmental engineering (401199)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes (370104)

Research Objectives

  • Water recycling services (incl. sewage and greywater) (110503)


Total publications


Journal Article

(24 outputs)
2018Le-Minh N, Sivret EC, Shammay A, Stuetz RM, 'Factors affecting the adsorption of gaseous environmental odors by activated carbon: a critical review', Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 48, (4) pp. 341-375. ISSN 1064-3389 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2018.1460984 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 24


2017Fisher RM, Le-Minh N, Sivret EC, Alvarez-Gaitan JP, Moore SJ, et al., 'Distribution and sensorial relevance of volatile organic compounds emitted throughout wastewater biosolids processing', The Science of The Total Environment, 599-600 pp. 663-670. ISSN 0048-9697 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.129 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 25


2017Sivret EC, Le-Minh N, Wang B, Wang X, Stuetz RM, 'Dynamics of volatile sulfur compounds and volatile organic compounds in sewer headspace air', Journal of Environmental Engineering, 143, (2) Article 04016080. ISSN 0733-9372 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001154 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8


2016Prata Jr AA, Calvo MJ, Boncardo G, Sivret EC, Santos JM, et al., 'Influence of the fetch parameter on results from empirical correlations for estimating odorous emissions at passive liquid surfaces', Water Science and Technology, 74, (10) pp. 2384-2391. ISSN 0273-1223 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2166/wst.2016.421 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2016Shammay A, Sivret EC, Le-Minh N, Fernandez RL, Evanson I, et al., 'Review of odour abatement in sewer networks', Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4, (4) pp. 3866-3881. ISSN 2213-3437 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jece.2016.08.016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 33


2016Shammay A, Sivret EC, Wang B, Evanson I, Stuetz RM, 'Performance of field based activated carbon systems for odour control', Chemical Engineering Transactions, 54 pp. 277-282. ISSN 2283-9216 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3303/CET1654047 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2


2016Sivret EC, Wang B, Parcsi G, Stuetz RM, 'Prioritisation of odorants emitted from sewers using odour activity values', Water Research, 88 pp. 308-321. ISSN 0043-1354 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2015.10.020 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 67Web of Science - 58


2015Le HV, Sivret EC, Parcsi G, Stuetz RM, 'Impact of storage conditions on the stability of volatile sulfur compounds in sampling bags', Journal of Environmental Quality, 44, (5) pp. 1523-1529. ISSN 0047-2425 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2134/jeq2014.12.0532 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12


2015Wang B, Sivret EC, Parcsi G, Stuetz RM, 'Determination of VOSCs in sewer headspace air using TD-GC-SCD', Talanta, 137 pp. 71-79. ISSN 0039-9140 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2014.11.072 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 39


2014Lisboa HdM, Sivret E, Stuetz RM, 'Odour regulations - experiences from Australia', Chemical Engineering Transactions, 40 pp. 181-186. ISSN 2283-9216 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3303/CET1440031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4


2014Sivret EC, Le-Minh N, Wang B, Wang X, Le H, et al., 'Impact of sewer emission dynamics on monitoring campaign design', Chemical Engineering Transactions, 40 pp. 43-48. ISSN 2283-9216 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3303/CET1440008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 5


2014Wang B, Sivret EC, Parcsi G, Le NM, Kenny S, et al., 'Reduced sulfur compounds in the atmosphere of sewer networks in Australia: geographic (and seasonal) variations', Water Science and Technology, 69, (6) pp. 1167-1173. ISSN 0273-1223 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2166/wst.2013.798 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11


2014Wang B, Sivret EC, Parcsi G, Wang X, Le NM, et al., 'Is H2S a suitable process indicator for odour abatement performance of sewer odours?', Water Science and Technology, 69, (1) pp. 92-98. ISSN 0273-1223 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2166/wst.2013.559 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 20


2013Hoinaski L, Franco D, Stuetz RM, Sivret E, Lisboa HdM, 'Investigation of PM10 sources in Santa Catarina, Brazil through graphical interpretation analysis combined with receptor modelling', Environmental Technology, 34, (17) pp. 2453-2463. ISSN 0959-3330 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/21622515.2013.772659 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1


2013Le H, Sivret E, Parcsi G, Stuetz RM, 'Stability of Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs) in sampling bags - impact of temperature', Water Science and Technology, 68, (8) pp. 1880-1887. ISSN 0273-1223 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2166/wst.2013.445 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14


2013Sivret E, Wang B, Parcsi G, Kenny S, Bustamante H, et al., 'Beyond H2S: chemical characterisation of sewer odour emissions', Water, June pp. 58-61. ISSN 0310-0367 (2013) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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2012Parcsi G, Sivret E, Wang X, Stuetz RM, 'Odour: characterisation and transformation', Chemical Engineering Transactions, 30 pp. 193-198. ISSN 1974-9791 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3303/CET1230033 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4


2012Sivret E, Stuetz RM, 'Sewer odour abatement monitoring - an Australian survey', Water Science and Technology, 66, (8) pp. 1716-1721. ISSN 0273-1223 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2166/wst.2012.376 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 8


2012Wang B, Sivret E, Parcsi G, Wang X, Stuetz RM, 'Characterising volatile organic compounds from sewer emissions by thermal desorption coupled with gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry', Chemical Engineering Transactions, 30 pp. 73-78. ISSN 1974-9791 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3303/CET1230013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 27


2012Wang X, Parcsi G, Sivret E, Le H, Wang B, et al., 'Odour emission ability (OEA) and its application in assessing odour removal efficiency', Water Science and Technology, 66, (9) pp. 1828-1833. ISSN 0273-1223 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2166/wst.2012.379 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12


2010Munoz R, Sivret E, Parcsi G, Lebrero R, Wang X, et al., 'Monitoring techniques for odour abatement assessment', Water Research, 44, (18) pp. 5129-5149. ISSN 0043-1354 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.06.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 148Web of Science - 131


2010Sivret E, Stuetz R, 'Sewer odour abatement practices - an Australian survey', Water pp. 75-79. ISSN 0310-0367 (2010) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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2010Wang X, Parcsi G, Cesca J, Sivret E, Stuetz R, 'Olfactory characterisation of NMVOC emissions from WWTP inlet works', Water, 37 pp. 82-86. ISSN 0310-0367 (2010) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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2008Sivret E, Peirson WL, Stuetz RM, 'Nitrous oxide monitoring for nitrifying activated sludge aeration control: a simulation study', Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 101, (1) pp. 109-118. ISSN 0006-3592 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/bit.21880 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12