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Novel bio-geological engineering processes for heavy metal removal and recovery

Objective

The Team will carry out a research program on 'Biogeological engineering', in which biogeological processes (sulfur and heavy metal cycles, with particular emphasis on the transformations between the soluble and solid phase) are elucidated and engineered in order to develop more efficient treatment processes for heavy metal removal, recovery and reuse.

The TEAM will be established at the Sub-department of Environmental Technology of the University Wageningen, The Netherlands (www.spb.wur.nl/mt/), a worldwide known institute in the field of anaerobic technology for wastewater treatment. The research program is build around four research topics, corresponding to the four team members, where heavy metals play a key role. These include
- bioavailability and mobility of trace elements,
- heavy metals for more efficient wastewater treatment,
- heavy metal removal by dissimilatory metal reduction and
- optimisation of heavy metal removal by sulfide producing bioreactors.

Each topic consists of a blend of fundamental investigations on basic processes and applied work focused on bioreactors. Each of the research topics will provide the contracted researchers training in various innovative aspects of environmental chemistry, environmental engineering and bioprocess technology.

The team will be composed of the team leader, one experienced researcher and three early stage researchers. The experienced researcher will do research on specific advanced analytical techniques on metal mobility and bioavailability, i.e. chemical sequential extraction, stripping voltametry, DGT, Donnan membrane technique and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and imaging.

In addition, he/she will also contribute - together with the team leader - to the supervision of and collaboration between the works of the three early stage researchers. Each of the latter will be working on a separate topic so that they can do independent research.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-MOBILITY-8
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Funding Scheme

EXT - Marie Curie actions-Grants for Excellent Teams

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Costerweg 50
Wageningen
Netherlands