A focused team of researchers led by Prof. Barth F. Smets, pursuing Microbial Resource Management and Engineering activities. We work at the interface between environmental engineering and microbial ecology. The main topics we explore are: the engineered nitrogen cycle, water treatment biotechnology, gene flows in microbial communities. We work from the cell scale to the communities and system scales, using complementary approaches (bioreactors operation, microscopy, molecular community description, modelling, etc.)


We are looking for candidates/applicants to apply for an Industrial PhD project, together with us and BIOFOS, within the subject of mitigation of N2O emissions from sidestream anammox reactors at Avedøre wastewater treatment plant. Deadline is September 25th. Visit us for more information.

Congratulations to Alex Palomo -Gonzalez and Carlos Domingo - Félez for having successfully defended their PhD in June! We are also happy that they remain as postdoctoral researchers in the group. Alex will continue to pursue comammox questions and Carlos will bring his knowledge on N2O dynamics to full-scale implementation and N-management.

We welcome Elena Torresi (now formally) to our group. Elena has an 'industrial postdoc stipendium', supported by the Innovation Foundation Denmark and Krüger A/S. She will spend time at Krüger and DTU and collaborate with the research groups of Prof. Henrik Andersen and ours on the optimization of microbe-catalyzed trace pollutant removal during residual water treatment.

Recent publications:

The R-code for An improved method to set significance thresholds for β diversity testing in microbial community comparisons is now also available online here and as github repository.