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Project Partners

Developing MBR technology is an interdisciplinary task. Understanding the mutual interactions between biological system and membrane separation requires knowledge in a combination of fields as diverse as analytical chemistry, microbiology, polymer and surface science, fluid dynamics, systems technology, civil and chemical engineering.

Hence the consortium of MBR TRAIN comprises 10 partners from the water-industry, research institutes and universities across Europe representing a cross-section of relevant disciplines, sectors and regions. All partners exhibit comprehensive international project experience and long-term expertise in membrane applications.

Due to its consortium composition, the MBR-TRAIN project provides an ideal framework for young researchers to prepare for future assignments in intersectorial tasks pursuing a research career in both academic institutions and industrial enterprises.


RWTH Aachen University (RWTH)    
Department of Chemical Engineering Supervisor:
Turmstr. 46 Thomas Melin and
52056 Aachen Thomas Wintgens
IRSA CNR Reparto di Bari (IRSA)    
Water Research Institute Supervisor:
Viale F. De Blasio 5 (Zona Ind.) Alfieri Pollice
70123 Bari  
Aquafin N.V. (AQF)    
Dijkstraat 8 Supervisor:
2630 Aartselaar Chris Thoeye and
Belgium Wouter De Wilde
Cranfield University (CU)    
Centre for Water Science Supervisor:
Cranfield Simon Judd
United Kingdom
Kompetenzzentrum Wasser (KWB)    
Cicerostr. 24 Supervisor:
10709 Berlin Boris Lesjean
Ghent University (UGent)    
BIOMATH,Faculty of Bioscience Engineering Supervisor:
Coupure Links 653 Ingmar Nopens
9000 Gent  
Brno University of Technology (BUT)    
Institute of Municipal Water Management Supervisor:
Veverí 331/95 Petr Hlavinek
602 00 Brno  
Czech Republic
Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI)    
D.I.I.A.R - Environment Section Supervisor:
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32 Francesca Malpei
20133 Milano  
Thames Water (TW)    
Research & Development Department Supervisor:
Spencer House, Manor Farm Road Rebecca Birks
RG20JN Reading  
United Kingdom
Delft University of Technology (TUD)    
Department of Water Management Supervisor:
Stevinweg 1 Jaap van der Graaf and
5048 Delft Arjen von Nieuwenhuijzen
The Netherlands