Research Facilities of the sub-department of Environmental Technology

The sub-department of Environmental Technology (ETE) performs research in the field of Reusable Water, Renewable Energy and Recyclable Matter including soils and sediments. In cooperation with other research groups ETE addresses cleaner production issues and sustainable material chains.

The sub-department of Environmental Technology (ETE) performs research in the field of Reusable Water, Renewable Energy and Recyclable Matter including soils and sediments. In cooperation with other research groups ETE addresses cleaner production issues and sustainable material chains.

For technology development within ETE, researchers have access to a big, so called, Modular Biobased and Environmental Sciences and Technology Facility (ModuTech).

ModuTech accommodates experimental technological setups for students, PhDs and postdocs. This lab consists of 24 experimental cabinets in which custom built reactor systems are prepared by the researcher in close collaboration with the supportive staff. Eight of these cabinets are temperature controlled and most of them are equipped with additional gas sensing equipment to create safe working spaces for practically work on new approaches and ideas.


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Within ModuTech 4 big experimental cabins are available for semi-technological research on municipal sewage in set ups up to 200 L. In ModuTech we have continuous access to real wastewater from the sewage treatment plant Bennekom to use in our research.

For sanitational research ETE can use Vacuum Toilets, No-mix Toilets, water free Urinals and grey water collection.

About 30 experimental setups are constructed with controlling and monitoring equipment such as pumps, waterbaths, reactors, gas monitors, sensors, data-acquisition equipment, and computers.

Closely related to ModuTech is the Plant Lab where acclimatised setups are present to grow plants and extract electricity out of the growing process.

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Next to ModuTech, which is the technological heart of department, laboratories are available for preparative, analytical and biotechnological work to support ModuTech activities.

The General Preparation Lab is the wet chemical laboratory accessible to all people. Work up of crude samples for instrumental analysis, spectrometry, microscopy (microscope and macroscope with camera for imaging analysis), or other activities are performed. Attached to this lab is the stove & oven facility and the chemical storage and weighing room.

The Instrumental Laboratory currently comprised of 9 different GC systems (FID, TCD, HWD, ECD, MS) for routine and more specialised analysis, 6 LC setups (RI, conductivity, UV, MS) of which 2 belong to the BCT group, an Ion Chromatography system and an Elemental Analyser.

Our so called Metal Laboratory is a separate lab equipped with an ICP-OES to analyse a broad range of metal ions. A Hydride-Generator option offers the advantage of lowering detection limits on Hg and As. To prepare samples for analysis of metal ions a microwave for destruction is available. Furthermore we have 4 fume hood working spaces.

The organic µ-pollutants and soil research is accommodated in a separate laboratory for working on mainly (bio) remediation. They can perform biological and chemical batch processes to study remediation technologies. In the Micro-pollutant Lab a microwave is available for extraction procedures, a headspace gas exchange system, 2 steam sterilizers, SPE-equipment and a rotary evaporator for sample work up and preparation. Next to that a biological safety cabinet and 4 fume hoods are available, this lab complies with ML I rules.

A separate room at 20°C with shakers for batch studies and an anaerobic hood is available for research as well. On all other labs generally incubator shakers are present for use.

One of our laboratories is in combined use with the LeAF BV (LeAF). In this lab amongst others classical COD determinations can be performed, LeAF is actively doing research for their project partners. The lab has 3 fume hoods and some incubators.

For technical support, design and building setups ETE has its own workshop.


For additional information or questions address the following people:

ETE

LeAF