Tech.Univ. Delft (TUD)
The research of the group has been oriented towards development of novel environmental biotechnological processes.
Technologies that are currently commercialized by Dutch engineering companies include:
a) Circox process biofilm process (Paques bv). B) BCFS process (Royal Haskoning bv.)
a) Sharon (Single-reactor High activity Removal Over Nitrite) process (Grontmij bv);
b) Anammox process (Paques bv);
c) Babe (Bio-Augmentation Batch Enhanced process) for nitrification (DHV bv);
d) Nereda process (DHV bv).
In the past decade we pioneered the introduction of metabolic modelling in the environmental biotechnological field. The metabolic modelling approach was used very successfully in the study of biological phosphate removal, and is now used worldwide. We developed models based on computational fluid dynamics for predicting the growth and especially structure formation in biofilm communities, and we developed new biofilm reactors.
The environmental Biotechnology group consists currently of 4 scientific staff members and more than 20 PhD students, technicians and support staff. More than 80% percent of the research is externally funded by companies and governmental organizations. The research group is furthermore responsible for several courses within the university program and post graduate courses on environmental biotechnology; modelling of activated sludge systems and biofilm visualisation and modelling.