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AEESP Lecture to be given at Georgia Tech, October 30

Marc van LoosdrechtThe School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is proud to announce that the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) will hold its annual Distinguished Lecture at Georgia Tech on Wednesday, October 30 at 3 p.m.

All are invited to attend the lecture and post-talk reception, to be held in the Ford Environmental Science & Technology Building, room L1-205

"Waste-based Biofineries" is the title of the talk that will be given by Dr. Mark van Loosdrecht, a professor of environmental biotechnology at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The talk will explore the potential of recovering chemicals from wastewater. It will also look at processes to produce polymeric materials from waste and how alginates and hydroxyalkanoates can be cost-effectively produced from waste.

Mark van Loosdrecht completed his doctoral work focusing on microbiology and colloid chemistry at Wageningen University. His research combines a scientific understanding of complex microbial systems and a development of new processes. Dr. van Loosdrecht’s scientific interests are mainly related to biofilm processes, nutrient conversion processes and the role of storage polymers in microbial ecology. In particular, he is interested in new processes related to wastewater treatment and resource recovery.

His research has resulted in several processes, such as the Sharon process, Anammox process and Nereda process. He is active member of the International Water Association (IWA) and past chairman of the Biofilm and the Nutrient removal specialist groups. He is Editor in Chief of Water Research.

Founded in 1953, AEESP is a non-profit organization comprised of professors in academic programs throughout the world -- all of whom provide education in the sciences and technologies of environmental protection. The Association assists its members in improving education and research programs, encourages graduate education, and serves the profession by providing information to government agencies and the public, and provides direct benefits to its members.