electricity at extreme conditions extremophile electro-active biofilms

Duration: 6-8 months
Location: Wetsus Research Institute, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

There are a few possibilities for allowances:
– The allowance for students is €200. The student can apply for ‘Wetsus Grant’ allowance (€200 extra; an internal committee decides if the allowance will be granted).
– Students can apply for Erasmus; (if the Erasmus grant is less than €400, the student can apply for the Wetsus Grant).
– Erasmus
*The Wetsus Grant allowance is not guaranteed and must be approved by the Grant Committee.

Project description

Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs; figure 1) have been referred as a new technology for chemicals productions, bioremediation and power generation. The role of electro-active microorganisms in these systems is crucial. However, their performance in terms of current output is not competitive for practical application yet. One of the main limitations is the acid that is produced by the electroactive biofilm in the oxidation reaction at the anode, which reduces the activity of the microorganisms. On top of that, the acid induces a pH imbalance between the anode and cathode, which leads to additional energy losses.

In this research we want to explore the use of microorganisms that are able to survive extreme conditions (extremophiles) to reduce these losses. More specifically acidic (acidophiles) and alkaline (alkaliphiles) will be tested for their applicability in energy production.

Your profile

  • Background in biotechnology, environmental engineering or related fields;
  • Currently enrolled in Bachelor or Master’s studies;
  • Experience with laboratorial work, preferably with microbial culturing;
  • Good English communication skills both writing and spoken;

About us

Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology is a facilitating intermediary for trendsetting know-how development. Wetsus creates a unique environment and strategic cooperation for development of profitable and sustainable state of the art water treatment technology. The inspiring and multidisciplinary collaboration between companies and research institutes from all over Europe in Wetsus results in innovations that contribute significantly to the solution of the global water problems.

Contact details

Please fill in the application form below and attach the motivation letter and your CV. In the message you can ask also further questions.

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