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Okan Komesli

Dr Okan Komesli

Research Fellow


Brunel University London

Research summary

The aim of this research is to strengthen research excellence in Turkey on advanced biological wastewater treatment processes for energy and materials recovery and for nutrient removal from wastewater. The shift from energy intensive wastewater treatment processes to low carbon footprint processes which can achieve significant resource recovery is considered to be the way forward for the wastewater treatment plants of the future. In this project Dr. Evina Katsou is the co-applicant from Brunel University. She is very specialist about carbon footprint, advanced treatment processes, anaerobic and MBR systems. She has many publications about these topics. Brunel University is already implementing advanced processes, which include short-cut nitrogen removal, membrane bioreactors (MBRs) and upflow anaerobic sludge blanket coupled with suitable post treatment in order to treat municipal and industrial effluents. This research knowledge will be transmitted to the Ataturk University which is currently working on biological processes for wastewater treatment, including MBRs. Several activities will take place that will strengthen research excellence which involve relevant workshops that will be organized in Turkey and in the UK on advanced biological processes for wastewater treatment, short term visits of scientists from Turkey to the UK and vice versa, and participation in Conferences to disseminate the project’s results. An anaerobic MBR will be developed and operated in Brunel in order to treat dairy wastewater. The reactor will recover energy from wastewater and will be used to train students and to promote research collaboration between Atarurk University and Brunel University.

Grants awarded

Advanced biological wastewater treatment processes

Scheme: Newton Advanced Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2015 - Sep 2018

Value: £106,500

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