Microbial technology

The research team endeavours to alleviate tensions in the nutrient-energy-water nexus through a dedicated focus on novel resource-efficient nutrient management biotechnology. In this context the core expertise lies in the production of Single Cell Protein (SCP), which is the protein rich biomass of microorganisms, and more particular in the design of bioreactors and process configurations. Next to this our research focuses on the development of dedicated microbiome steering tools with the eye on the nutritional optimization of the produced biomass in terms of essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, bulk protein,… By doing so, we ambitiously contribute in rendering global food production more sustainable at the level of the environment (maximum efficiency of resources, e.g. energy and chemicals, and minimum emissions of harmful compounds, e.g. N2O), the economy and the society at large.


Research members

Siegfried Vlaeminck (spokesperson)
Silvia Lenaerts
Erik Van Eynde
Marc Spiller
Lai Peng
Maarten Muys
Yixing Sui
Abbas Alloul
Gustavo Gomes De Sousa
Myrsini Sakarika
Janne Spanoghe


Sustainable Energy, Air and Water Technology University of Antwerp, Dept. Bioscience Engineering
Campus Groenenborger
Groenenborgerlaan 171
BE-2020 Antwerp
Tel. +32 3 265 36 93