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Biofilm Engineering Laboratory

News

We are recruiting

June 16, 2017

We are currency recruiting PhD and post-doctoral posts, see the vacancy section of this website

 

10th International conference on biofilm reactors

May 20, 2017

We recently hosted the 10th International conference on biofilm reactors at University College Dublin. Delegates from 30 countries attended and the programme included keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations, workshops, exhibition and a technical tour to an aerobic granules facility


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We are delighted to have received a major grant from Science Foundation Ireland

September 19, 2016

More details here

UCD to host 10th International Conference on Biofilm Reactors

April 25, 2016

UCD has been chosen to host the 10th International Conference on Biofilm Reactors, an event of the International Water Association (IWA). The Chair of the conference will be Eoin Casey. Further details at

http://www.biofilms2017.org/

 

 

 

Dow Invests in OxyMem’s Wastewater Treatment Technology

April 22, 2016

The Dow Chemical Company has announced its investment in OxyMem Ltd, a University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out company.

The investment will accelerate the commercialisation of OxyMem’s promising wastewater treatment technology, the Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR). The MABR technology has the potential to bring wastewater treatment closer to energy neutrality by reducing energy consumption for aeration by up to 75 percent

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Co-founders of spin-out firm OxyMem receive NovaUCD 2015 Innovation Award

December 15, 2015

University College Dublin President, Professor Andrew J. Deeks, has presented the co-founders of OxyMem – a UCD spin-out company producing technology that efficiently treats pollutants in wastewater – with the NovaUCD 2015 Innovation Award.For more information see

SFI, industry and philanthropic funds invest €11m in Energy Systems Integration research

November 25, 2015

The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Mr Damien English TD, has announced funding of over €11 million to the Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP) . See 

 

OxyMem Founders Win Knowledge Transfer Ireland 2015 Impact Award

March 25, 2015

OxyMem founders, Prof. Eoin Casey and Dr. Eoin Syron took one of only four Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards which was presented by Damien English TD, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation at an event held in Dublin. The founding members of OxyMem took the Spin-out Company Impact Award 2015. The Spin-Out Company Impact Award was established by KTI to recognise a spin-out company from an Irish publicly-funded RPO that has achieved a significant event in the previous year.  Further details here

Pictured (l-r) OxyMem co-founders, Dr Eoin Syron and Prof. Eoin Casey, UCD Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, Minister Damien English TD and Dr Alison Campbell, Director, KTI

OxyMem was overall winner at the 2014 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards

April 10, 2014

Further details here

Welcome to Professor Mike Semmens

March 22, 2014

We welcome Professor Michael Semmens (University of Minnesota), who is joining the group as a Fulbright visiting Professor for 6 months from March, 2014

Winner, Innovation of the Year at the 2013 Irish Laboratory Awards

December 22, 2013

Further details here 

Rory Heffernan wins Science Foundation Ireland award for most impressive research image of 2013

November 22, 2013

During the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) annual science summit, a special award for the most impressive image captured as part of a research study in Ireland during 2013 was presented to Rory Heffernan, a University College Dublin PhD student. The awarded was presented to Rory by Seán Sherlock TD, Minister for Research and Innovation
Further details here

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Best oral presentation

September 23, 2013

Rory Heffernan (PhD student) was awarded best oral presentation at the international conference Engineering With Membranes (EWM2013) France

EU Commissioner visit

December 4, 2012

Eoin Casey meets EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan Quinn during a visit to UCD

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Best oral presentation

April 23, 2012

Dr Eoin Syron was awarded “Best oral presentation” at the IWA Young Water Professionals UK Conference in Exeter for his presentation, “Bubbleless aeration, the possibility of significant energy reductions in wastewater treatment”.

AIChE meeting

April 1, 2012

Dr Eoin Syron has been invited to be a co-chair of the session titled “Novel Biological Technologies for Industrial Wastewater Treatment” at this year’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, USA

New ERC funded research project commences on membrane biofouling

September 1, 2011

Eoin Casey has been awarded a Starting Grant of €1.5m from the European Research Council (ERC), funded under the EU Framework Programme 7, to undertake research into emerging technologies for improving drinking water quality.This five-year programme will investigate the role of biofilms in the fouling of nanofiltration membranes and develop strategies to enhance their removal. The results of the project will advance the understanding of important mechanisms in biofouling development and consequently increase the effectiveness and reliability of nanofiltration design and operation. Ultimately this will have wider implications for the effective treatment of water treatment processes and biofouling control in general.Previous work on nanofiltration biofouling has highlighted the complexity of the microenvironment in which the biofilm is formed. The challenge of this project is to devise an approach that recognises that multiple overlapping mechanisms contribute to biofilm formation. More details here