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.
Time Magazine article featuring our recent
Bioresource Technology paper.
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.
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.
Rubia received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Doon University, India in 2018. After doing a postdoctoral research at the University of South Florida, she joined the group to work on sustainable co-digestion systems.
Dhamu received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India in 2017 and joined the group to work on biostimulant activity in hydrothermal extracts
Osama is a M.Sc student in soil and water sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Co-advised with Dr. Yael Laor, ARO-Volcani Center
Research: Phosphorus recovery from municipal solid sludge using hydrothermal treatment.