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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 16:02

Two MERMAID PhD students, Silvio Matassa (Avecom) and Nicole Hahn (LabMET) took the unique opportunity to team up with researchers from the Resource Recovery Technology (R2T) consortium at Ghent University, which developed the special one-off brewed “From Sewer to Brewer” beer. As the name suggests, its main component water, was produced by treating wastewater to drinking water (using membrane filtration technology). Although the research lines of the R2T consortium and MERMAID are different, both aim to raise awareness on current and future water issues, and emphasize the necessity of creating sustainable alternatives to the common water treatment.

Additionally, both PhD fellows of the MERMAID ITN are situated in Belgium, a country famous for its beer...

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 10:54

The first IWA RR2015 conference was held in Gent, at het Pand, from August 30 to September 2. Possibilities for resource recovery from aqueous streams were discussed through oral presentations, poster presentations and networking events.

Three LabMET collaborators were rewarded for their contribution at the conference.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 14:17

Bamboo is a plant highly rich in lignocellulose. This natural material is highly resistant to degradation and, in fact, societies have always made use of it to produce paper. However, Panda's diet is made almost completely out of bamboo, meaning that the microbes living in its gut may have remarkable capabilities when it comes to lignocellulose degradation. Researchers at LabMET (UGent) have noted it, wondering if this could have had potential applications for both Panda's health and human society. In fact, many human-derived wastes are made of lignocellulose, as for instance several agricultural wastes, but also- as mentioned- everything that is made of paper- newspapers, kitchen or toilet paper, etc. Once this material becomes a waste, it piles up and burning seems to be the quickest...

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