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Zeynep Cetecioglu Gurol

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About me

Today’s technology causes increasing energy demand and fossil fuels, which are associated with climate change concern, are still the main energy source. So we need to design next generation wastewater treatment plants, which produce energy more than their consumption. For this reason, my recent research activities are oriented towards developing next generation wastewater treatment technologies to gain energy and also valuable products for industrial applications by combining engineering and molecular microbiology tools.

My main research topics are enhancement of both feedstock and energy recovery from waste streams by combining engineering and molecular microbiology tools. There are 3 research lines in my research group:

1) Biomethane, carboxylic acid and bioplastic production from different waste streams and model substrates in lab and pilot scale bioreactors

2) Developing synthetic community and microbial ecology of mixed culture for feedstock production

3) Phosphorus mining from anoxic sediments


2006- 2011 PhD, Environmental Biotechnology, Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Istanbul, Turkey

Joint PhD between Turkey (ITU) and Spain (Catalan Institute for Water Research-ICRA).

Thesis: Evaluation of Anaerobic Biodegradability Characteristics of Antibiotics and Toxic/Inhibitory Effect on Mixed Microbial Culture

2004-2006 MSc, Environmental Biotechnology, ITU, Istanbul, Turkey

2002-2006 BSc, Molecular Biology and Genetics (Double Degree), ITU, Turkey

2000-2004 BSc, Environmental Engineering (Double Degree), ITU, Istanbul, Turkey

On-going Projects

Symbiotic, circular bioremediation systems and biotechology solutions for improved environmental, economic and social sustainability in pollution control (SYMBIOREM)- Horizon Europe

Prototype Testing of a Novel Engineered Floating Wetland System in the Utö-NORDEN

SARS-CoV-2 in sewage water as a tool for monitoring (SARS-CoV-2@WWTP)-Knut och Alice Wallenberg-SciLifeLab

Next Generation Bioplastic Production 

Microbial Dimethylsulphide Degradation in Anoxic Baltic Sea Sediments (UK-Sweden Bilateral Project)-NERC

Methodology for environmental sustainability assessment in the early design stage of a resource recovery system-MENToR-FORMAS

Bioengineering Approach for Baltic Sea-Nordlander Family

Completed Projects

Development of a Carbon Recovery System for Sustainable Sewage Treatment Plants-CoRe (KTH Starting Grant)

Carbon Neutral Next Generation Wastewater Treatment Plants-CarbonNextGen (Energimyndigheten)

Enhancement of Volatile Fatty Acid Production from Dairy Wastewater-EnVFAPro(Vinnova&Marie Curie Fellow)


Degree Project in Chemical Engineering and Technology, First Cycle (KH138X), examiner | Course web

Degree Project in Chemical Engineering, Second Cycle (KE200X), examiner | Course web

Environmental Toxicology (BB2015), teacher | Course web

Resource recovery from waste (KE2355), course responsible, teacher | Course web

Separation Processes (KE2185), teacher | Course web