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.
Our PRIMA project was selected for funding
Jan 4, 2023
Time Magazine article featuring our
Bioresource Technology paper.
It was a great honor to be a part of an Israeli delegation to Prague and discuss issues of sustainable agriculture with our colleagues from the Czech University of Life Science
June 4, 2022
Ran Darzi and Osama Khoury gave great talks on the DDD International Conference in Sede Boqer
Jan 4, 2023
A new book chapter is now available in IWA publishing
March 29, 2022
Congratulations to Rani who published his first PhD paper on upcycling of plastic waste
March 27, 2022
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
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
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..
Upcycling of plastic waste
Accumulation of plastic waste is harming eco-systems and it is time to move towards a circular plastic economy. Sustainable production and recycling processes for plastics are challenged mostly by the lack of renewable building blocks. We investigate hydrothermal processing (HTP) as a platform for depolymerization of commonly used plastic polymers.
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.
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.
Itamar is an MSc student (HUJI), co-advised with Dr. Guy Levi (ARO and Dr. Michael Borisover (ARO)
Research: Resource recovery from anaerobic digestates
Achiya is an MSc student (HUJI) co-advised with Dr. Guy Levi (ARO and Dr. Michael Borisover (ARO)
Research: The role of organic carbon in soil amended with anaerobic digestate
Research: Sustainable co-digestion systems.
Research: Phosphorus recovery from municipal solid sludge using hydrothermal treatment.
Research: Degradation of plastic polymers using sub-critical water.
Dr. Roy Posmanik