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Electricity driven low energy and chemical input technology for accelerated bioremediation.

The ELECTRA project is an EU-China RTD joint initiative that will deliver two innovative sets of novel electromicrobiology based environmental biotechnologies, facilitating/improving electron transfer during microbial degradation processes. Our approach will accelerate the elimination of several classes of pollutants and mixtures thereof in contaminated wastewater, groundwater, sediment and soil. The first set of biotechnologies employs bioelectrochemical systems requiring low energy input and no chemical addition. The second set comprises biotechnologies, which necessitate no energy input and minimal chemical amendment using electromicrobial concepts. ELECTRA biotechnologies will build on recent groundbreaking advances in biotechnology to develop them for environmental bioremediation applications and test the 4 most advanced technologies during field trials under various environmentally relevant conditions in both Europe and China) to prove their efficiency and robustness. The ELECTRA project deliberately addresses the accelerated elimination of compounds representative of hydrocarbons and derivatives, emerging pollutants, metals and nutrients and mixtures thereof in environmentally relevant concentration as a wise and careful approach taking into account the real problem of contaminations by organic and inorganic pollutants as well as nutrients. ELECTRA is a consortium of European and Chinese partners for a 4-year project. The EC-funded consortium gathers 22 partners from 6 EU countries,1 Associated Country and China.

ELECTRA is coordinated by P.F.-X. Corvini. FHNW develops 3D-printed biofilms for the degradation of pollutants, e.g. antibiotics in wastewater and implements redox-stat reactor systems for the sanitation of antimony. FHNW also evaluates the eco-efficiency of the developed technologies (LCA, CEA, etc.).

Key Figures

    Duration:2019 - 2022
    Funding agency:This project is funded by the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon Europe) GA no. 826244

    Coordination and 3D-bioprinting

    Prof. Dr. Philippe Corvini
    Prof. Dr. Philippe Corvini

    Group Leader and Lecturer, Environmental Biotechnology

    Telephone +41 61 228 54 85 (direct)
    Prof. Dr. Patrick Shahgaldian
    Prof. Dr. Patrick Shahgaldian

    team leader in molecular nanotechnology

    Telephone +41 61 228 54 87 (direct)


    Dr. Markus Lenz
    Dr. Markus Lenz

    Team leader and lecturer, Applied Circular Economy

    Telephone +41 61 228 56 86 (direct)


    Prof. Dr. Christoph Hugi
    Prof. Dr. Christoph Hugi

    Institute Leader (interim), Institute for Ecopreneurship

    Telephone +41 61 228 55 84 (direct)

    Institute for Ecopreneurship

    FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences, Institute for Ecopreneurship Hofackerstrasse 30 CH - 4132 Muttenz
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