ELECTRA (LINK) is a Horizon 2020-funded research project (no. 826244, 2019-2022) within the "EU-China Flagship" initiative Biotechnology for Environment and Human Health. The acronym ELECTRA stands for "Electricity Driven Low Energy and Chemical Input for Accelerated Bioremediation" and develops environmental biotechnologies using bioelectrochemical systems (BES).

The microbial degradation of pollutants in the environment is often limited by the electron acceptors. This can be improved by the direct interaction of microorganisms with a solid-state electron acceptor in form of an electrode (Anode). We develop an in situ bioremediation process using conductive nanomaterials for the bioelectrochemical removal of contaminants, e.g. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by enhancing the anaerobic degradation. To this end, the conductive nanoparticles are injected into sediments where they cover the matrix and form a electro-conductive network which can work as an anode. We thus intend producing a bio-reactive barrier in the aquifer. The technology should work in a minimal invasive manner and with minimal use of chemicals and energy.

For more information please contact Dr. Alexander Rostek.

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