Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC ARC Grant Success

Monday, 02 November 2015

Researchers at The University of Queensland’s Advanced Water Management Centre have once again been successful in the Australian Research Council (ARC) grant scheme.

AWMC’s Professor Jurg Keller and Dr Bernardino Virdis have been granted more than half a million dollars for their project which intends to deliver a cost-effective efficient bioelectrochemical process converting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into chemicals and fuels.

The goal of the project is to engineer a process able to produce a broad range of biochemicals and biofuels from CO2 at high rates and high product concentrations.

AWMC’s Dr Qilin Wang has been awarded over $300,000 as a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).  

Dr Wang’s project aims to develop new technology to enable stable autotrophic nitrogen removal from domestic wastewater.

The project will potentially change wastewater management and bring economic, environmental and social benefits to water utilities.

Associate Professor Gene Tyson has also been awarded a substantial amount for a project with Drs Imelfort, Rinke, and Bourne.

Their project is designed to provide insight into the role the microbiome plays in maintaining coral health and may aid in the long-term preservation of the reefs.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced the funding in Adelaide as part of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Major Grants Announcement.