WATEC opened in October 2017 as an interdisciplinary strategic research initiative, bringing together and reinforcing water technology research in a broad sense, from mapping water resources and the natural water cycle to wastewater management and development of sensors to control water purification and identify harmful substances in water. Through basic research, the centre aims to produce new insight, and utilise this insight to arrive at new and better solutions through applied research within water technologies.
The four donations from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation will make a direct contribution to strategies at the research centre. The donations will fund:
• A new professorship and two postdoc positions within water treatment research
• A professorship and two postdoc positions for research and development of water-quality sensors
• Establishment of an advanced sensor laboratory
• Recruitment of two-three postdocs to give WATEC a broad foundation on which new and innovative ideas can thrive across the centre’s subjects and fields of research.
WATEC is headed by Professor Niels Peter Revsbech, who was awarded the Grundfos Prize in 2013 for his development of advanced sensors and his research into the relationship between microorganisms and the natural conditions under which they live. Indeed, to a great extent, WATEC is based on Professor Revsbech’s achievements; both as a researcher and as an inventor.
Confidence and wild ideas
Professor Revsbech is particularly pleased because the large grant signals great confidence from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation.
He will be appointed as emeritus professor in 2022, and the funding of one of the professorships at the centre will ensure a smooth generational change within his field of expertise: research and development of water quality sensors.
Key to UN Sustainable Development Goals
The extra resources for research into water purification will serve the dual purpose of protecting one of the world’s most valuable resources, clean water, and bringing Denmark back to the international elite in water treatment research.
Wastewater with no waste
WATEC is cooperating with Aarhus Vand, a local water company, and DHI, a consultancy and research firm, on establishing a platform, a pilot plant, where researchers can test laboratory models on a larger scale under operating conditions. The grant will be used to attract the best researchers and establish a stronger research environment within water purification, but the Foundation is also positive towards plans to establish a water process laboratory as an integrated part of the wastewater treatment plant.
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Professor Niels Peter Revsbech
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Associate Professor Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen, head of section
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Dean Niels Christian Nielsen,
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Poul Due Jensen Foundation:
Christian Hartvig, executive director:
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