We provide mechanistic description of the ecology and chemodynamics of contaminant biotransformation for improved environmental (bio)-technology.
Our research interest is related to a process-based (i.e. quantifiable, transferable and scalable) description of the microbial chemodynamics of biotransformation of organic contaminants for improved environmental (bio-)technology. A special emphasis is put on the factors influencing the accessibility and bioavailability of organic contaminants to degrading microbial communities in soil.
The key research topics of the Bioavailability Group currently cover the
- Microbial chemodynamics and ecology of contaminant bioavailability at biogeochemical interfaces: (i) Elucidation of tactic responses of microorganisms towards contaminants and nanoparticles, (ii) Assessment of the physico-chemical factors driving the adhesion and dispersal of bacteria in the critical zone and prediction of its impact on the ecology of contaminant biodegradation, (iii) Quantification and modelling the biodegradation and toxicity of vapour phase mineral oil contaminants and its impact on stable isotope fractionation analysis.
- Mycoremediation and ecology of 'Bacteria Fungus Interactions': Ecology-based remediation approaches of contaminated environments (soil) based on the catabolic activation and dispersal of bacteria by fungi (‘fungal highways’).
- Electrokinetics and electro-bioremediation: Effects of weak electric fields and electrokinetic approaches on the clean-up of contaminated matrices and water.