Barth F. Smets

Barth F. Smets

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DTU ENVIRONMENT
Department of Environmental Engineering

Technical University of Denmark

Building 115, room 108

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Keywords microbial ecology | microbial resources | microbial invasion | Horizontal gene transfer | biodegradation | nitrogen | used water | environmental biotechnology | Antimicrobial resistance | biofilms | systems microbiology

I am Professor of Environmental Microbiology

The central tenet in all we do is Microbial Resource Management and Engineering: the bridge between environmental engineering and microbial ecology.

My research group uses both advanced experimental (microscopic, molecular, - omic) tools as well as computational (agent and continuum models) approaches to study fundamental and applied microbial ecological questions, with a focus on mixed microbial communities within environmental engineering application.

This translates in an seemingly wide range of research topics: new biotechnological processes for water purification and used water treatment; the engineered nitrogen cycle: applications and fundamentals with focus on autotrophic processes, laughing gas, anammox processes; link between community dynamics and system performance and stability; bacterial adhesion & biofilm formation; bioelectrochemical systems, horizontal gene transfer in microbial communities and the fate of ARGs; mathematical modelling of microbial processes and interactions; new biofilm/bioaggregate based reactors; the new wastewater management paradigm.

I coordinate the METLab (http://metlab.rt.env.dtu.dk/ ) research team and the Microbial Ecology Research Group (http://www.env.dtu.dk/Forskning.aspx). My official webpage is here:www.staff.dtu.dk/bfsm .