European centre of excellence
for sustainable water technology

Applied water physics

Water is undoubtedly the most important chemical substance of this world. Despite this, and in spite of the fact that it is practically ubiquitous, it still represents one of the best explored and yet least understood substances. When looking deeper into the field, it turns out that there is much special but little general knowledge. Based on the reserach we conduct on water we try to better understand its behaviour under different conditions, so that we are able to develop future technologies to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly water usage.

The emphasis of the Applied Water Physics Theme lies in the exploration of these basic properties of water, especially its interactions with electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields and the effect of such interactions on living organisms like bacteria. Based upon deeper insights into the fundamentals of water, the Theme furthermore focuses on screening commercially available water treatment concepts based upon such interaction. Thereby break-through discoveries through fundamental research and pioneering screening experiments with physical, chemical and biological model systems are combined to pave the way for the development of seminal, epoch making water treatment technologies.


Theme manager
Ruud van Nieuwenhuijze
Brabant Water

Theme coordinator
Elmar C. Fuchs


Wetsus research staff

  • Dr. Elmar C. Fuchs
  • Dr. Luewton L.F. Agostinho
  • Dr. Nigel Dyer
  • Maarten van de Griend, MSc.
  • Xiaoxia Liu, MSc.
  • Talie Zarei, MSc.

Industrial partners

Brabant Water
WLN Logo horizontaal met payoff JPEG
GranderIPF gecombineerd
Logo De Dommel

Academic partners

Logo TU Engels
Logo Engels

Research projects

Maarten van de Griend, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Science
   Vortex treatment of water in a hyperbolic geometry
• Xiaoxia Liu, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Science
   Extended biostability of potable water through sustainable non-chemical treatment
• Nigel Dyer
   Harvesting energy from dielectric breakdown
• Talie Zarei
   Characterisation and tuning of DOLLOPs in potable waters 

combining scientific excellence with commercial relevance