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H.T. Person Distinguished Lecture|College of Engineering and Applied Science

The University of Wyoming 

welcomes the

2013-2014 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer

distinguished-lecturer

Prof. Mark C. M. van Loosdrecht

Department of Biotechnology

Delft University of Technology

Delft, The Netherlands

 

Monday, 3 February 2014

1:10-2:00 PM in the Encana Auditorium

Energy Innovation Center, 1020 East Lewis Street

University of Wyoming, Laramie

WASTE-BASED BIOREFINERIES

For the development of a bio-based sustainable society, there is an urgent need to develop processes to maximize recovery of materials from waste -- the cradle-to-cradle approach.  The current focus seems to be on producing energy from waste materials (biogas); however, this is a low value product and an indesirable option.  Since most wastes have a very high water content, conversions are best done using microbial processes, preferably with the production of insoluble compounds.  This lecture will start with a general discussion about the potential for recovering chemicals from waste water (nutrients, fibers, etc.) and then expand to a discussion of processes that produces polymeric materials from waste.

Mark van Loosdrecht's scientific interests are mainly focused on biofilm processes, nutrient conversion, and the role of storage polymers in microbial ecology.  He is especially interested in new processes for wastewater treatment and resource recovery.  His research has resulted in several processes that are currently implemented as full-scale systems (e.g., Sharon, Anammox, Nereda).  He has received several prizes for his work including the Lee Kuan Yew Singapore Water Prize and the IWA Grand Award.  He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Dutch Academy of Engineering.  He has been awarded a knighthood in the order of the Dutch Lion.  He has published over 500 scientific papers, has 15 patents, and has supervised over 50 Ph.D. students.  He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Water Research.

Professor van Loosdecht's visit is made possible by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).  His lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and the H.T. Person Endowment Fund in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.  For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Colberg: pczoo@uwyo.edu or 307.766.6142.

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