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Wetsus News 2009 5

Published: 11 november 2009

Cooperation network significantly expanded into EU
We are proud to announce that recently participation contracts with 5 European universities from outside the Netherlands have been signed. This has increased the European dimension of the cooperation within Wetsus significantly. Today, 13 knowledge institutes from 7 EU countries are aboard, besides more than 70 companies.
Last year the University of Duisburg/Essen already joined and Claudia Dreszer, who is supervised by Prof. Hans-Curt Flemming, became the first PhD student from a non-Dutch knowledge institute. This year we welcomed the University of Minho (Portugal), Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), Ghent University (Belgium) and Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) to Wetsus.
Slawomir Porada started his PhD research in 2009 on Carbon materials in water technologies at Wetsus and is supervised by Prof. Marek Bryak and Prof. Jacek Machnikowski from the Department of Polymer and Carbonaceous Materials of the Wroclaw University of Technology, which has vast experience in research on carbon.
Other professors we are working with are Madelena Alves (University of Minho), who gave a presentation at the Wetsus conference this year, Ingmar Nopens (Ghent University), Viktoras Racys (Kaunas University of Technology) and Ladislav Nedbal (Masaryk University). We expect to start PhD projects with these experts in the coming months.
We aim at expanding this network by looking for excellent professors and research groups in Europe, who can offer new disciplines for water technology.

New company participants: Arcadis, Avebe and Purac
Recently, the following companies have enforced the company participant network of Wetsus:
Arcadis ( is a globally operating consulting engineering firm and is connected to the ‘interaction with natural systems’ research theme of Wetsus.
AVEBE ( is an innovating company producing solutions based on potato starch for food, paper, building, textiles, adhesives and feed industries. AVEBE has become participant of the newly started ‘Pressurized water’ research theme.
Purac ( is the world's largest producer of natural lactic acid, derivatives, gluconates, lactides and polylactides. Purac has become a Platform Participant of Wetsus.

November 18, de Kanselarij/Fries Museum, Leeuwarden: defense Piotr Dlugolecki (Mass transport in reverse electrodialysis for sustainable energy generation. University Twente, Enschede) and defense Perry van der Marel (Influence of membrane properties on fouling in MBRs. University Twente, Enschede)
November 26, Wetsus, Leeuwarden: Internal Congress (members only). Update Wetsus research projects, etc.

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