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College of Engineering and Applied Science

H.T. Person Distinguished Lecture- Loosdrecht

2013-2014 AEESP 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


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 Prizeand 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: or 307.766.6142.

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