Mark van Loosdrecht
Mark van Loosdrecht is professor in environmental biotechnology. His scientific interests are mainly focused on biofilm processes, nutrient conversion, and the role of storage polymers in microbial ecology. He is especially interested in new processes for wastewater treatment and resource recovery. His research has resulted in several processes that are currently implemented as full-scale systems (e.g., Sharon, Anammox, and Nereda technology). He has received several prizes for his work including the Lee Kuan Yew Singapore Water Prize and the IWA Grand Award. He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Dutch Academy of Engineering as well as the US National Academy of Engineering. He has been awarded a knighthood in the order of the Dutch Lion. He has published over 600 scientific papers, over 15 patents, and has supervised over 50 Ph.D. students. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Water Research.
In the transition of wastewater treatment plants to water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs), water, nutrients, energy and carbon recovery need to be considered. This also sets new demands on the standard activated sludge models. On one hand, more physical and physico-chemical processes are being considered, notably for nutrient recovery, as illustrated by the WRRmod2018 Seminar program. On the other hand, carbon and energy recovery also need attention, potentially addressing new biological conversions. Biopolymers, bioplastics, organic acids (in addition to methane) production reveal the remarkable potential present in our microbial cultures. New modelling challenges (metabolic, thermodynamic, genomic, …) are associated to these biosystems and could generate passionate discussion about future needs in WRRF modelling.