Several Recorded Seminars Online

Post date: Monday, 20 November, 2017 - 16:02

Since the academic year has started several collaborators have been discussing their recent experimental results in academic seminars. Some of these seminars have been recorded and can be found in the closed section of this website. If you do not have a login (anymore) please contact me.

Kind regards,

  • Satus update of R2T and sneak preview to CAPTURE Launch

By Dr. Jan Arends

  • Isotope fractionation in biogas allows direct microbial community stability monitoring in anaerobic digestion

By Dr. Jo De Vrieze

  • Copper electrowinning from a complex electrolyte at high current densities

By Florian Verbruggen

  • Update on interreg project (IMPROVED) Integrated Mobile PROcess-water supply For an Economic Delta

By Dr. Marjolein Vanoppen

  • An electrolytic hydrogen bubbling reactor for high rate microbial electrosynthesis of acetate from CO2

By Dr. Kun Guo

  • Extraction of organics from metal-rich industrial wastewater by membrane electrolysis (Project Get-A-Met)

By Rui Gao

The future of R2T is secured

Post date: Thursday, 19 October, 2017 - 11:10

Dear everyone,

As of Oct 1st, 2017, Dr. Jan Arends took over my role as R2T manager. I loved this job that is all about connecting people and creating added value through collaboration. I am now full-time employed at the UGent spinoff company AM-TEAM, which I co-founded in January 2017. I want to thank all of our partners for the very nice collaboration and atmosphere. As AM-TEAM will apply for R2T membership, I will not be far away.

Take care,

Wim Audenaert

Dear All,

Behind the scenes I have been working along-side Wim to get to know the workings of R2T. Before taking on the role of consortium manager I have been working as a postdoctoral collaborator at CMET with a focus on microbial- and bioelectrochemical conversions for environmental purposes, for example conversion of CO2 into products. I am looking forward to this new challenge of combining the research done in the labs of the various academic partners with the interests and visions of the R2T companies.

From this spot I would like to thank Wim for his enthusiasm and commitment to the consortium and wish him good luck with his new adventure.

Looking forward to a positive interaction with you all,


Event date: Sunday, 1 October, 2017 - 01:00

From grass to grassoline!

Post date: Thursday, 27 April, 2017 - 17:35

CMET researchers have developed a way to turn grass into biofuel. “Until now, grass has mainly served as feed for animals. We can get more out of grass: due to its vast abundance, it is an attractive source to produce organics such as aviation fuel”, scientist Way Cern Khor tells us. During his PhD research at Ghent University, Belgium, he investigated methods that disintegrate and bioconvert grass until it can be used as a fuel.

Defended PhD theses

Post date: Wednesday, 25 January, 2017 - 09:51
  • Mechanistic modeling of mass transfer phenomena in Forward Osmosis[download] (Arnout D'Haese, promotor Arne Verliefde)
  • Model-based analysis as a tool for intensification of a biocatalytic process in a microreactor, [download] (Timothy Van Daele, promotor Ingmar Nopens)
  • Ion-exchange based processes in hybrid water treatment, [download] (Marjolein Vanoppen, promotor Arne Verliefde)
  • Development and application of a framework for model structure evaluation in environmental modelling, [download] (Stijn Van Hoey, promotor Ingmar Nopens)
  • Technology and tools for bioelectrochemical production of short- and medium-chain carboxylic acids from CO2 [download] (Sylvia Gildemyn, promotor Korneel Rabaey)
  • Biometallurgical technologies for the recovery of critical metals from secondary sources [download(Synthia Maes, promotor Nico Boon and Tom Hennebel)
  • Next generation bioreactor models for wastewater treatment systems by means of detailed combined modelling of mixing and biokinetics [download] (Usman Rehman, promotor Ingmar Nopens)
  • High-rate activated sludge systems to maximize recovery of energy from wastewater: Microbial ecology and novel operational strategies [download] (Francis Meerburg, promotor Siegfried Vlaeminck and Nico Boon)


Urine reuse project in international press

Post date: Thursday, 28 July, 2016 - 09:56

R2T researchers transformed urine into pure water and fertillizer at the Ghent Festival. The recycled water will be used to brew "From Sewer to Brewer Beer".

The installation is solar-powered and could be of value in developing countries.

European Joint Doctorate programme on Product, Energy and Resource Recovery from Wastewater

Post date: Thursday, 30 June, 2016 - 11:42

SuPER-W, a "European Joint Doctorate" programme on Product, Energy and Resource Recovery from Wastewater funded by the European Marie Skłodowska-Curie action programme (Horizon 2020) offers 15 3-year PhD scholarships and a comprehensive joint doctoral training programme to highly motivated young scientists. It is organised by a consortium of 5 renowned European universities (Ghent University (Belgium), TU Delft (the Netherlands), RWTH Aachen University (Germany), University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (Czech Republic), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (Spain)) in collaboration with a wide range of non-academic partner organisations. The doctoral training programme provides local expert training at the academic and non-academic partner organisations, a network-wide secondment scheme, internships and an intense series of network-wide training sessions, workshops and seminars. It is also feasible to subscribe to the doctoral training programme when having own PhD scholarship opportunities and perform research under the wings of the SUPER-W staff members.

Science and art: the floating robot

Post date: Friday, 13 May, 2016 - 08:32

Brazilian artist Ivan Henriques cooperated with CMET researchers (Korneel Rabaey's team) to create a floating mobile robot harvesting energy from microbial fuell cells (MFCs).
The MFCs purify the wastewater and produce energy to move the robot.
The robot is also equipped with plants for further purification.

Waterschap Brabantse Delta joins R2T

Post date: Thursday, 17 March, 2016 - 15:24

We welcome our new R2T partner Waterschap Brabantse Delta, the regional authority responsible for water management of part of the province of Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.. Click here for a more detailed description.

Covestro joins R2T

Post date: Thursday, 17 March, 2016 - 15:23

We welcome our new R2T partner Covestro, a global supplier of high-tech polymer materials. Covestro has different large production sites and the headquarters is located in Leverkusen, Germany. Click here for a more detailed description.

Nijhuis Industries joins R2T

Post date: Thursday, 3 March, 2016 - 10:36

We welcome our new R2T partner Nijhuis Industries, offering solutions for sustainable water use and resource recovery. Click here for a more detailed description.



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