From 6 to 11th March we’ll participate in “Eco-Bio2016” conference in Rotterdam (6-9th March) and in one workshop on bioelectrochemical systems in Leeuwarden (10-11th March). These two international scientific events taking place in the Netherlands will give our researchers the opportunity of presenting their latest research on bioelectrochemical systems.
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and microbial electrolysis cells (MECs), generally known as bioelectrochemical systems (BES), are new biotechnologies that combine biological and electrochemical processes to treat wastewater, generate electricity or produce chemicals and fuels. LEQUIA has been working on bioelectrochemical systems since 2008, and has a research portfolio that includes bioremediation of polluted groundwater, production of high added value products from CO2, biogas upgrading, and organic matter and nitrogen removal from wastewaters.
The conference Eco-Bio2016 (Challenges in building a sustainable biobased economy) aims at providing a platform where industries, scientists, NGOs and governments will meet to discuss the needs of biobased economy from an academic, environmental and societal point of view. On March 9th Dr Jesús Colprim will give the presentation “Selective microbial electrosynthesis of butyrate from carbon dioxide”.
On the other hand, the workshop “Up-scaling Bioelectrochemical Systems towards application” tackles the commercial uptake of bioelectrochemical systems. Several pilots and projects under development will be presented, and experts from academia and industry will share their views on the future of these biotechnologies. Dr Sebastià Puig will give a presentation on March 10th.