Dr Louis de Smet is appointed as Associate Professor, starting August 1st 2016. He worked at the dept. of Chemical Engineering at Delft University and Technology. Recently Louis won an ERC Consolidator Grant, and he will use this for research into ultrathin polymer coatings for the recovery of specific nutrients from waste water via electro-driven separation processes. The focus of the programme is on phosphate, which is of special interest as all life forms need phosphorus, while the global supply is limited. The increased understanding of ion transport and ionic interactions in membrane media offers also applications in the areas of batteries, fuel cells and solar fuel devices.