Anticipating the next century of wastewater treatment: resource recovery and the blue economy

William Mong Distinguished Lecture by Professor Mark van Loosdrecht
Jan 2, 2024

Date: January 17, 2024 (Wednesday)
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre A, G/F, Chow Yei Ching Building, HKU
Speaker: Professor Mark van Loosdrecht, Delft University of Technology

Wastewater treatment has traditionally been designed and operated in order to protect public health and the environment. With increasing demands on society due to population growth, resource depletion and climate change, wastewater treatment has to become a more resource efficient activity. Despite over a century of ‘modern’ wastewater, there is still room to improve the process reducing the environmental impact. But more importantly, there are current developments for substantial resource recovery from wastewater. The lecture will critically discuss options for resource recovery and introduce the state-of-the-art for energy, nutrient and chemical recovery from wastewater.

About the speaker:
Mark van Loosdrecht has been working at Delft University of Technology since 1988 and is a leading scientist in the environmental biotechnology field. His interests are related to biofilm processes, nutrient conversion processes and the role of storage polymers in microbial ecology. He has been instrumental in the development of several commercialised processes related to wastewater treatment and resource recovery. He was awarded several prizes for his work, including the Lee Kuan Yew Singapore Water Prize, the Stockholm Water Prize and the IWA Grand Award. He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Dutch, USA and Chinese Academy of Engineering. He received an honorary doctorate from ETH Zurich and University Gent. He was awarded a knighthood in the order of the Dutch Lion. He has published over 900 scientific papers, has over 20 patents and has supervised over 75 PhD students.

All members of the HKU community and the general public are welcome to join. Seats for on-site participants are limited. Interested parties please register through the link below by January 17, 2024 noon: 

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We look forward to seeing you in the lecture. Thank you.