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Environmental biotechnology

The use of microorganisms for the good of the environment.

Environmental biotechnology is about using microorganisms and enzymes to harness the potential of biological metabolic processes. It aims to eradicate pollutants and help use natural raw materials more efficiently. The principles of near-natural processes, the economical use of non-renewable resources and the increased use of renewable raw materials can help achieve economic, environmental and social goals.

The "Environmental biotechnology" research group tests and develops innovative environmental biotechnological processes to reduce pollutant emissions and evaluate substances from industrial process water, waste water and waste in order to close the lifecycles of materials. By developing bio-based processes and converting conventional technologies, we are working for the benefit of society and the environment.

Our research topics

  • The metabolism and elimination of micropollutants
  • Environmental microbiomes
  • Bioremediation processes
  • Bioleaching
  • Green chemistry and biocatalysis

Institute for Ecopreneurship

School of Life Sciences FHNW Gründenstrasse 40 CH-4132 Muttenz
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