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SENSE PhD Graduate: Rene Rozendal

PhD Graduation Student Rene Rozendal

Location, date and time:

Wageningen Universiteit
Location: Auditorium van Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein, Agora 1, Leeuwarden

Promotor: C.J.N. Buisman (Biologische kringlooptechnologie)
Co-Promotor: H.V.M. Hamelers
October 24, 2007
9:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Dissertation title:

Hydrogen production through biocatalyzed electrolysis

Thesis summary:

To replace fossil fuels, society is currently considering alternative clean fuels for transportation. Hydrogen could be such a fuel. In theory, large amounts of renewable hydrogen can be produced from organic contaminants in wastewater. During his PhD research René Rozendal has developed a new technology for this purpose: biocatalyzed electrolysis.
The innovative step of biocatalyzed electrolysis is the application of electrochemically active microorganisms in combination with small input of electrical energy. Electrochemically active microorganisms are a special group of microorganisms that are able to use an electrode as electron acceptor for the oxidation of organic material. Biocatalyzed electrolysis couples this “bio-electrode” to a hydrogen generating electrode by means of a power supply. Consequently, organic contaminants in wastewater can be oxidized (i.e. the wastewater is treated), while at the same time hydrogen is generated as a valuable product.
In this way biocatalyzed electrolysis can significantly increase the hydrogen yield from wastewaters compared to other technologies. Furthermore, the innovative design makes a much wider variety of wastewaters than before suitable for hydrogen production. This makes biocatalyzed electrolysis a breakthrough technology for hydrogen production from wastewaters.

Title thesis: "Hydrogen production through biocatalyzed electrolysis"

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Posted by: Egbert Nab on October 10, 2007 01:33:29 PM +02:00