Project

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) as a tool for microbial resource management

Duration
01 October 2012 → 30 September 2016
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Environmental microorganism biotechnology
Keywords
biogas energy recovery polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) microbial resource management (MRM) anaerobic digestion (AD)
 
Project description

This project will investigate energy recovery from domestic wastewater through polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). Following the principle of microbial resource management (MRM), we will research the processes and interactions within PHA-producing microbial communities and develop tools to steer community processes for a reliable PHA production. We will explore anaerobic digestion (AD) as a means of transforming PHA-rich waste into biogas as a fuel for electricity generation.