Prof. Dr. Ir. Korneel Rabaey
University of Ghent, Belgium
Key Note Lecture: Electrifying biotechnology – recent advances in bioproduction and bioremediation
Korneel Rabaey is full professor at the Department of Biotechnology, Ghent University, as well as CTO of CAPTURE . He currently leads a research team of 25 postdoctoral and doctoral researchers with a main research focus on electrification in a context of resource recovery. This implies for example replacement of chemicals for wastewater treatment by electricity, the conversion of CO2 to organic products, electro-bioremediation of groundwater and electricity driven sanitation of septage in India. The research spans from basic science to technology development and on site implementation.
He has authored over 190 peer reviewed articles within this area attracting over 30,000 citations. As a special interest, he works on the interface between arts and science, working with several artists to create microbiology based artworks. Dr. Rabaey is also honorary professor at The University of Queensland and one of the founders of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (ISMET, President from 2013 – 2015). Since 2018 he is fellow of the International Water Association. He is Executive Editor in Chief of Environmental Science & Ecotechnology