BEWISe Biological Engineering: Wastewater Innovation at Scale

Our Research Expertise

Our Research Expertise

Our research

Combining globally renowned research across a range of relevant areas.

BEWISe combines expertise in microbiology, electrochemistry, environmental engineering, and other fields.

We have internationally leading research groups in:

  • Mathematical Biology
  • Scalable Computing
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Hydrodynamics

These groups contribute to BEWISe research.

For over 70 years, we have combined academic excellence with application in Water Engineering and Engineering Biology. We have made notable advances in molecular microbial ecology.

We have developed novel solutions to the sustainable treatment of domestic, coal and metalliferous wastewaters. BEWISe will progress on the advances that we made on a large project on the simulation of open engineered biological systems.

Unique to Europe

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The facility is the first of its type in Europe in large-scale wastewater treatment research using bacteria, which speeds up the translation and uptake of new innovations by the water sector.

BE:WISe is available to academia and industry to make innovations in wastewater treatment a reality for the water sector.

Applicants who are in the process of applying for research grants can also request a letter of support to aid their grant applications.

Equipment available at the facility:

  1. Activated sludge
  2. Trickling filter
  3. Low temperature anaerobic reactor
  4. Microbial electrochemical fuel cell
  5. Wetlands/lagoons

Applicants can be assured that social distancing measures are now in place at BE:WISe. Further risk assessments will be confirmed at application process.


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United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation