Microbial Electrochemical Technology for Resource Recovery
Newcastle University, and Universities of Manchester, South Wales and Surrey
The aim of this research is to achieve novel resource recovery using metal-reducing bacteria in bioelectrochemical systems (BES), being more environmentally benign and more resource efficient than any currently available waste treatment technology. The research will make use of BES to harvest the energy and reducing power available in wastewater and use that energy to drive processes at the cathode for recovery of metals from wastewater, including novel nanometallic structures, and synthesis of value added organic compounds from carbon dioxide. Full life cycle sustainability assessments will enable the BES to be compared with other methods of waste treatment.