Our goal is to recover renewable energy, bio-based chemicals and agricultural nutrients from food production waste streams, while minimizing their carbon footprints. We combine fundamental and applied research to develop sustainable processes by integrating biological and thermo-chemical treatments to recover valuable resources from agricultural waste streams.
We are proud to be a part of Volcani Institute were people from all religions are working together in harmony for decades.
June 2, 2021
Time Magazine article featuring our
Bioresource Technology paper.
Our new paper is now available in Bioresource Technology
April 25, 2021
Our new paper is now available in Journal of Environmental Management
February 9, 2021
Holistic approaches to valorize waste streams seek to recover nutrients in a reusable form for further agricultural applications. Our lab seeks to better understand the fate of recycled nutrients and their incorporation into the complex plant-soil-atmosphere system.
Biomass to Energy
Most Waste-to-Energy technologies are still at an emerging stage with a lot of room for innovation. Process optimization requires fundamental research on each one of the conversion processes. An important step involves experimental research to identify chemical and metabolic pathways that will be essential to maximize conversion yields of biomass to biofuels for both thermochemical and biological platforms..
Life Cycle Assessment
The development of sustainable and commercial-scale waste to resource systems must be supported by a life cycle environmental impact assessment to define research priorities. In addition, financing conditions, that would make waste to resource systems attractive, have to be determined. Specific parameters that account for uncertainties related to the development of these technologies will provide more useful information for investors and policy makers.
Dr. Roy Posmanik
Roy works in the field of environmental science and engineering with the interest in sustainable resource recovery from agricultural and food processing waste.
Matat holds a PhD in biology from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
She joined the group at 2019, working on the integration between waste management and plant development.
Dr. Deborah Sills
Visiting research scientist
Deborah is an associate Prof. of civil and environmental engineering at Bucknell University. During her sabbatical in our lab (supported by BARD) Deborah's research is on microbial risk assessment in animal farming systems.
Dr. Ezra Orlovski
Ezra holds a PhD from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
He joined the group at 2020, working on wastewater based epidemiology.
Ran is a PhD candidate, co-advised with Prof. Yael Dubowski, Technion.
Research: Chemical recycling of plastic waste in agriculture.
Osama is a PhD candidate co-advised with Prof. Sabrina Spatari, Technion.
Research: LCA-TEA for hydrothermal systems.
Research: Phosphorus recovery from municipal solid sludge using hydrothermal treatment.
Research: Degradation of plastic polymers using sub-critical water.
Dr. Roy Posmanik