About us

The Resource Recovery Technology (R2T) Consortium is a close partnership between several professors at Ghent university and University of Antwerpen and several industrial stakeholders that aim to bring disruptive innovation to the water sector and recover as much value as possible from used waters. Both in an urban domestic setting as well as in an industrial setting.

The consortium was initiated as a bottom-up platform where industrial contacts of individual professors at UGhent were brought together to strengthen the research efforts, technology implementation and training of the next generation of multidisciplinary professionals, and to ensure a continuous lines of work.

Since its creation in 2014 the consortium has been steadily expanding with academic and industrial partners and research investments.

In 2017 it was taken up in the CAPTURE platform where it forms the businessplatform of the Water-fit-for-Use ‘pipeline’ next to ‘CO2-to-Product’ and ‘Plastics-to-Resource’.

In november 2019 a collaboration agreement was signed between UGhent, UAntwerpen and VITO to intensly collaborate on the three pipelines of CAPTURE. This resulted in integration of several UAntwerpen groupleaders within R2T.

Academic partners

Research Partners - R²T management
Name Research unit
Prof. dr. ir. Nico Boon's picture Prof. dr. ir. Nico Boon CMET Microbial ecology - Molecular microbial analysis - Bioremediation, bioaugmentation - Microbial Resource Management and Engineering
Prof. dr. ir. Bart De Gusseme's picture Prof. dr. ir. Bart De Gusseme CMET Drinking and process water technology - Biological wastewater treatment including MBR - Microbial resource recovery - Membrane filtration processes including UF and RO
Prof. Dr. Ramon Ganigué's picture Prof. Dr. Ramon Ganigué CMET Biological wastewater treatment - Microbial resource recovery - Waste fermentation - Gas fermentation - Sewer corrosion control
Prof. dr. ir. Korneel Rabaey's picture Prof. dr. ir. Korneel Rabaey CMET Electrochemistry - Biological wastewater treatment - Wastewater treatment - Anaerobic digestion - Fermentation - Membrane electrolysis - Sulfide - Ammonia recovery
Prof. dr. ir. Siegfried E. Vlaeminck's picture Prof. dr. ir. Siegfried E. Vlaeminck CMET Resource-efficient microbial nutrient management for waste streams
Prof. dr. ir. Arne Verliefde's picture Prof. dr. ir. Arne Verliefde PaInT membranes - drinking and process water treatment - adsorption - filtration - energy and process optimisation
Prof. dr. ir. Ingmar Nopens's picture Prof. dr. ir. Ingmar Nopens BIOMATH Model-based process analysis - Model-based procesess optimisation - Biokinetic modelling - Computational Fluid Dynamics - Population Balance Modelling
Prof. dr. ir. Steven De Meester's picture Prof. dr. ir. Steven De Meester LIWET sustainable design of production chains with a focus on purification of components out of complex streams - separation processes - chemical engineering - solvent management - pilot experiments - upscaling
Prof. Dr. Ir. Stijn Van Hulle's picture Prof. Dr. Ir. Stijn Van Hulle LIWET Advanced oxidation - full-scale - leachate treatment - decentralized treatment - Nutrients
Prof. Dr. Ir. Gijs Du Laing's picture Prof. Dr. Ir. Gijs Du Laing Ecochem Agrochemistry - Environmental (bio)technology - Applied Analytical & Environmental chemistry - Trace elements - Sorption / Leaching - Recovery / Recycling - Biofortification
Prof. Dr. Ir. Kristof Demeestere's picture Prof. Dr. Ir. Kristof Demeestere EnVOC (ultra-)trace analysis of organic compounds in ecosystems, - emerging organic micropollutants in the aquatic environment, - advanced oxidation processes and water treatment
Prof. Dr. Ir. Frederik Ronsse's picture Prof. Dr. Ir. Frederik Ronsse TCCB Biomass thermochemical conversion - biomass pyrolysis - biochar & bio-oil - torrefaction - gasification
Prof. Dr. Ir. Eveline Volcke's picture Prof. Dr. Ir. Eveline Volcke BioCo biological wastewater treatment - process optimization - physical-based modelling - monitoring and control - simulation

Daily operations

Daily operations
Dr. Jan B. A. Arends's picture Dr. Jan B. A. Arends Consortium manager
Dr. ir. Simon De Corte's picture Dr. ir. Simon De Corte Project call notification and support
Dr. Bart KS Hommez's picture Dr. Bart KS Hommez Business Development and Contracting
Tim Lacoere's picture Tim Lacoere Web developer
Dr. Stijn Ronsse CAPTURE operations manager