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Microbial Electrochemical Technology for Resource Recovery

Newcastle University, and Universities of Manchester, South Wales and Surrey

The aim of this research is to achieve efficient resource recovery from wastewaters using microbial electrochemical technology, providing a more sustainable and cost-effective approach to the industrial wastewater treatment. The research develops bioelectrochemical systems (BES) which use microorganisms to harvest the chemical energy available in wastewater to drive parallel processes such as the recovery of useful metals from wastewater, including novel nanometallic structures, and the synthesis of valuable organic compounds from carbon dioxide. Full life cycle sustainability assessments, including social, environmental and economic costs and benefits will enable the comparison of BES with conventional methods of waste treatment and will be vital to inform industrialists, policy makers and regulators on the viability of microbial electrochemical systems for the treatment of wastewater as part of the circular economy.

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