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National Biofilms Innovation Centre

The Water Biofilms Seminar Series with EBNet

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EBNet, in collaboration with NBIC, are hosting a series of specialist webinars to support knowledge exchange amongst members. Hear the latest developments from top speakers and participate in the online chat to engage with questions.

This webinar will take place on Wednesday 6 July 2022, from 12:00 – 13:00 BST. 


This fascinating session is led by: Dr Francis Hassard, Lecturer in Public Health Microbiology, Cranfield Water Science Institute, where he provides technical leadership in potable water microbiology. Francis has a distinct research agenda into biofiltration for drinking water treatment. He focuses on next-generation municipal water services (drinking water, wastewater, stormwater) framed around biofilms and resource recovery (i.e. water and nutrients) for improved ecohealth and living conditions; integrated with quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) to identify research gaps and management targets.

Invited Speaker

Dr Po-Heng (Henry) Lee is a Senior Lecturer in Wastewater Engineering at Imperial College London.

Talk title: Granular activated carbon biofilms for biomethanation from wastewater

Dr Lee’s team focuses on resource recovery and greenhouse reduction mitigation from waste streams using anaerobic biotechnologies, e.g., anaerobic sewage treatment, anaerobic digestion, fermentation, and anaerobic ammonium oxidation (Anammox). Importantly, the focus of his research and teaching has been on surpassing classical bio-energetics limitations via discrete (quantum and quantum-like) pathways (e.g., electron/proton tunnelling, hopping, gene regulation, etc.) for sustainable unprecedented wastewater management. His current interest is 1) superior antibiotics and nitrogen removal, value-added chemicals and energy production via the interactions between microbiomes and conductive materials and micro-aeration conditions and 2) full-scale wastewater plants procrastinating and optimisation using quantum machine learning. His state-of-art research techniques developed include quantum computing using IBM Qiskit (e.g., Quantum Information Theory, Variational Quantum Eigensolver), and hybrid meta-omics informatics. This enables the manipulations of microbiomes for a healthy environment.

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The next webinar in the series will be led by Professor Joby Boxall, Professor of Water Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Sheffield on “drinking water distribution biofilms” and is anticipated to take place on 21 September 2022 (tbc).

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06/07/2022 @ 12:00 PM to
06/07/2022 @ 01:00 PM

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