The research group Microbial Technologies for Clean Water is specialized in processes at the interplay between microorganisms and pollutants in water. We exploit the variety of biochemical processes that are catalysed by microorganism. To ensure clean water and sustainable water use, we investigate how microbes can be optimally managed in biotechnologies for water purification. For example, innovative microbial technologies can recover carbon and energy from wastewater or degrade micropollutants such as pharmaceuticals and hormones. At the same time, we develop biological sensors based on microorganisms that are integrated in bioassays to measure biological water quality. By combining these bioassays with advanced chemical analytical techniques, we obtain a comprehensive picture of the biological effects and chemical nature of micropollutants in water.
We combine approaches from the fields of environmental chemistry and toxicology of micropollutants, applied microbiology such as microbial resource management and water treatment, and bioprocess engineering.