CAPTURE-Water / R2T Yearly Showcase

Post date: Monday, 3 February, 2020 - 14:37

In good tradition, the yearly showcase of the R2T consortium of CAPTURE-Water is held on February 18th, 2020. During this day representatives of platform companies connect with researchers for an exciting day of knowledge exchange.

This day is only open for member companies and connected research staff.

9h00-12h00        Topical meetings to develop research programs

12h00    Lunch                 
13h00    Welcome and introduction
13h05    CAPTURE-Water showcase

  • Overview R2T & CAPTURE-WATER
    • General update on CAPTURE developments
    •  Project highlights of CAPTURE-Water
    • Societal impact of CAPTURE-Water
  •  Introduction of 6 new professors that have joined CAPTURE-Water
  • New company introductions

14h15            Break
14h40    Project highlight presentations (Part I)
15h30            Break
15h50    Project highlight presentations (Part II)
16h10    Closing lecture    
16h30    Short reception + Posters
18h30-22h00    Walking dinner

Event location: Coupure Campus, UGent
Event date: Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 - 09:00 to 22:00

Green chemistry for a circular economy

Post date: Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 - 15:11

On the occasion of the PhD defense of Pieter Naert, Prof. James Clark from York University will hold a lecturen entitled 'Green chemistry for a circular economy'

Event location: Coupure Campus, UGent
Event date: Thursday, 6 February, 2020 - 10:30

Downstream processing of bio-derived short-chain carboxylic acids via esterification

Post date: Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 - 15:10

Abstract of the doctoral research of Pieter Naert:

The production of biogas from the organic matter in waste streams is an established technology for value creation from waste, albeit in the form of low value energy. Since a number of years, research has focused on steering this microbial degradation process towards the production of organic acids, which can be used as building blocks for renewable products, with a higher value than biogas. However, the current technologies do not allow cost-competitive recovery of the acids from the bioprocess. In this research project, a novel process was developed that allows recovery and simultaneous conversion to the corresponding esters. These esters have a higher value and an extensive market as solvents for the chemical industry and in paints and lacquers, and as fragrances in household products. During the PhD research, different unit operations were investigated and developed for this purpose, and integrated into a process. The continuous production of esters from a waste stream was demonstrated. In the final part, simulations of the process on industrial scale delivered insight on the feasibility and performance compared to alternative production methods.

Dissertation Supervisors:

 Prof. Dr. Ir. Korneel Rabaey, Prof. Dr. ir. Christian Stevens

Event location: Het Pand, Gent
Event date: Thursday, 6 February, 2020 - 17:00

Industrial demineralization and steam-water cycles

Post date: Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 - 15:09

On the occasion of the PhD defense of Evelyn De Meyer a seminar afternoon is organized:

13:00 Emmanuel Van Houtte (IWVA - Intercommunale Waterleidingsmaatschappij van Veurne-Ambacht)
13:30 Louise Vanysacker (De Watergroep)
14:00 Break
14:15 3 pitches

  •         Tim De Seranno  (Corrosion - metal integrity)  
  •         Yu Xue (Organic matter breakdown)  
  •         Jasmine Heyse (Flow cytometry)

14:30 David Moed (Evides Industriewater)
15:00 Marc Slagt (Dupont)
15:30 End

16:00 PhD defense Evelyn De Meyer - The behavior of organic matter in industrial demineralization and steam-water cycles

Event location: Coupure Campus, UGent; Room E4
Event date: Thursday, 5 March, 2020 - 13:00

The behavior of organic matter in industrial demineralization and steam-water cycles

Post date: Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 - 15:08

Abstract of the doctoral research of Evelyn De Meyer:

The impact of organic matter in crucial parts of the industrial steam-water cycle is the focus in this research. Not only the organic matter present in the water source for the production of boiler feed water is investigated, but also the addition of organic components during conditioning of the boiler feed water is taken into account. Alternative water sources (industrial waste water and surface water) were subjected to ion exchange demineralization to investigate a potential difference in TOC removal efficiency compared to a reference treatment with tap water. Next, the effect of both alkalizing and film forming amines on the condensate polishing unit and the formation of organic acids due to hydrothermolysis were investigated, respectively. In general, it is clear that the term “Total Organic Carbon” is anything but sufficient to describe the complex nature of organic matter present in steam-water cycles. In practice, it is not only about how much TOC is present in the boiler feed water, more important it is about what kind of TOC is present. Implementation of a more thorough scientifically based corrosivity guideline, concerning the organic matter present in a water stream, will ask for a change in mindset, both from an operational point of view and a manufacturer point of view.

Dissertation Supervisors:

 Prof. Dr. Ir. Arne Verliefde, Prof. Dr. ir. Kim Verbeken

Event location: Coupure Campus, UGent; Room A0.1
Event date: Thursday, 5 March, 2020 - 16:00

Kinetics and microbial ecology of chain elongation for production of medium-chain carboxylic acids

Post date: Thursday, 2 January, 2020 - 15:00

Abstract of the doctoral research of Pieter Candry:

All of us have been in contact with bioproduction processes: the alcohol in the beer we drink, the lactic acid in the yoghurt and cheese we eat, and the acetic acid encountered in vinegar. All of them are examples of how we can put bacteria to good use to make food, but also chemicals and consumer products. When feeding these bacteria with organic waste streams, one could effectively make products from wastes.
In this Ph.D., caproic acid was targeted. With an aroma reminiscent of goat and waxes, it is a product that received much interest in scientific research in the last years, as it can be produced by bacteria from wastes, and could potentially be used as antibiotic substitute in animal feed, or, converted to solvents, fragrances, flavours and more.
In this Ph.D. different routes were explored to produce caproic acid, and, an emphasis was placed on the interactions between different bacterial groups in these production systems. Using ethanol as a starting point, the process was modelled, mixed cultures were investigated and how ethanol is used by the key organism was elaborated. Subsequently, the research moved on to the use of lactic acid, and what factors control efficient production processes. Lastly, the bacteria present in caproic acid-producing granules, i.e. bacterial aggregates 3 mm in size, and their interactions were explored.

Dissertation Supervisors:

 Prof. Dr. Ir. Korneel Rabaey, Prof. Dr. Ramon Ganigué & Dr. José Maria Carvajal-Arroyo

Event location: Het Pand, Gent
Event date: Wednesday, 8 January, 2020 - 17:00 to 22:00

Production & Recovery of Bio-Based Chemicals

Post date: Thursday, 2 January, 2020 - 14:53

13.00 – 13:05: Welcome & Introduction - Ramon Ganigué, Ghent University
13.05 – 13.35: Mixed culture fermentation of carbohydrates - Robbert Kleerebezem, TU Delft
13.35 – 14:05: Production of medium-chain carboxylic acids from thin stillage: to granulate or not to granulate - José Carvajal-Arroyo, Ghent University
14.05 – 14.30: Influence of pH and CO2 on the production of odd-chain carboxylic acids with fermenting granular sludge - Merle de Kreuk, TU Delft
14:30 – 14:55: Bio-succinic acid from municipal solid waste: production and recovery - Korneel Rabaey, Ghent University
14.55 – 15:00: Concluding remarks
17:00:     PhD Defense: Kinetics and microbial ecology of chain elongation for production of medium-chain carboxylic acids

Event location: Coupure Campus, UGent; Room A0.1
Event date: Wednesday, 8 January, 2020 - 13:00 to 15:30

Water 4.0

Post date: Wednesday, 13 November, 2019 - 13:51

CAPTURE is honored to host prof. David Sedlak (University of California, Berkeley, USA) for a series of lectures in November 2019 on the topic 'Water 4.0', in collaboration with the SINReM and IMETE international MSc programs, organized by the International Training Centre of the UGent Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.

Prof. Sedlak is author of the game changing book Water 4.0, describing evolutions and revolutions to be expected in the water sector. He was awarded the UGent Francqui chair in 2015.

Event location: Coupure Campus, UGent
Event date: Wednesday, 13 November, 2019 - 16:00 to Wednesday, 27 November, 2019 - 18:00

How to get the most out of water data? A dialogue between academia and practice

Post date: Monday, 30 September, 2019 - 15:15

The objectives of this mini-symposium are:

  • to exchange experiences between practitioners (water authorities and industry) and researchers in the field of experimental design, data handling or treatment in the water and wastewater sector
  • to showcase success stories from practice related to the planning of measuring campaigns, data handling or treatment
  • to identify aspects where interaction between academia and industry is desirable to create added value
  • to stimulate interaction between industry and academia in view of further developments

Programme: 

  • Testimonials from water authorities and industry – moderated by Prof. Peter Vanrolleghem, Laval University, Canada
  • Insights from academics: “Beyond signal quality: delivering performance with bad data” – dr. Kris Villez, EAWAG, Switzerland
  • Panel discussion – moderated by Prof. Eveline Volcke, UGent, Belgium
  • Concluding insights – Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Event location: Meetingroom B0.3, Coupure Campus, UGent
Event date: Monday, 7 October, 2019 - 13:00 to 16:30

Enhancing, calibrating and validating a biofilm model for the largest Paris water resource recovery facility

Post date: Friday, 13 September, 2019 - 15:47

Peter Vanrolleghem obtained his degrees in Bio-engineering and PhD in Environmental Technologies from Ghent University (Belgium). In 1997 he became a professor there in bioprocess modelling and control in a wide range of applications (food, agriculture, wastewater).

In 2006 he immigrated in Quebec as holder of the Canada Research Chair on Water Quality Modelling. He is full professor at Université Laval’s Civil and Water Engineering Department and his research team, modelEAU, consists of 3 postdocs, 2 research assistants, 7 PhD students and 3 MSc students. His research focuses on urban wastewater systems and tackles challenges such as nutrient (removal and recovery), fate of micropollutants and emissions of greenhouse gases, by developing and using mathematical models, automated monitoring stations, process control and pilot- and full-scale experiments.

He is very active in the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association. He is currently Member of WEF’s Board of Trustees and before that, he was member of IWA’s Board. At Université Laval he is director of its multi-disciplinary Water Research Center, CentrEau, since 2015. This has now grown into Québec Province Water Research Center, uniting nearly all Québec universities active in the water field.

 

Event location: Meetingroom A0.1, Coupure Campus, UGent
Event date: Monday, 7 October, 2019 - 09:00 to 10:00

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