BIOTOBIO

Project Title
Biological Removal of Nitrogen: from Biofilms to Bioreactors
Project Type
Internacional / Public
Funding Body
Funding Program
Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR) Network
Reference
ERBFMRX-CT97-0114
Funding
  • CEB: 180 000,00
  • Total: 1 000 000,00
Start
01-12-1997
End
31-12-2001
Partnership
UMinho, TU Delft, TU Munchen, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Tu Denmark, Lyonnaise des Eaux - CIRSEE
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Abstract

The network aims at obtaining advancements in the biological removal of nitrogen from industrial and municipal wastewaters, focusing on the use of biofilm technology. The ultimate goals of the network are : the development of efficient and compact biofilm reactors ; the scientific training of young researchers ; the exchange of know-how between the research teams involved. Correlations will be established between biofilm structure and activity, on one side, and the bioreactor operating conditions, on the other side, in order to obtain an optimized design of the nitrogen conversion processes. Main topics of research are : a) Biofilm structure and activity : characterization of microbial aggregates as a function of the physico-chemical and hydrodynamic environment; b) Bioprocess modelling : predictive biofilm models and process simulation; c) Bioreactor design, operation and control : guide-lines for the efficient design and control of nitrifying/denitrifying biofilm reactors.