Course details

  • Study time: 6-8h

  • Target audience: Bachelor/Master students/Industry/academia representatives in the field of (Bio)chemical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction video

    • Meet the teacher

    • Learning objectives

    • What do you want to learn?

    • Have a look at what other students want to learn

    • Present yourself to your peers

    • Become familiar with the learning platform

    • Good practices to use this course

    • How to obtain your course certificate

  • 2


    • Introduction

    • Before really kicking off...

  • 3

    Cellulose recovery & its valorization

    • What do you know about cellulose recovery?

    • Cellulose in wastewater: How much is in there and why should we recover it

    • Exercise - How much cellulose can we recover and what can we do with it?

    • Recovery of cellulose using microsieves: principles and application

    • Exercise - Retrofitting an existing WWTP for cellulose recovery

    • Exercise - How does cellulose recovery affect the WWTP footprint?

    • Benefits of cellulose recovery

    • Discussion exercise: how do operational factors affect process economics?

  • 4

    Production of added-value compounds from organics in wastewater or sludge

    • Let's see what you know about...

    • Scope and rationale

    • Production and recovery of organic acids

    • Microbiology and biochemistry of carboxylic acid production

    • Hydrolysis

    • Primary fermentations

    • Secondary fermentations

    • Inhibition of methanogens

    • Exercise: Loading rate and F/M ratio

    • Exercise - How much MCCA can be produced from an industrial wastewater stream?

    • Physicochemical recovery of carboxylic acids - I

    • Physicochemical recovery of carboxylic acids - II

    • Process implementation and case studies

    • Exercise - What is the selectivity of various extraction methods?

    • Discussion exercise: SCCA production

    • Production and recovery of polyhydroxyalkanoates

    • Exercise - How much PHA can be produced from organic waste?

    • Discussion exercise: PHA production

  • 5


    • Concluding video

    • Module summary

    • What did you learn?

    • Read what others learned

    • Help us to improve this course

    • Thanks to our sponsors



Ramon Ganigué

Ramon Ganigué is a professor of environmental biotechnology at the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology at Ghent University. He has a MSc degree in Environmental Science & Technology and a PhD in Environmental Engineering, both from the University of Girona. Before becoming professor, he was a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Queensland (Australia), University of Girona (Spain) and Ghent University (Belgium). His research focuses on the development of microbial technologies for the treatment and recovery of resources from solid, liquid and gaseous waste streams.