Research Prof. Erik Meers


Research topics

  • Fate of heavy metals in sediments, wetlands and intertidal river banks
  • Removal of trace elements from wastewater and groundwater
  • Metal binding properties of natural organic matter in natural waters
  • Treatment alternatives for mercurial sludge
  • Application of municipal waste composts in agriculture
  • Controls of Fe and Mn oxides in metal retention in soils
  • The use of bio-energy crops for phytoremediation of metal enriched agricultural soils
  • Use of metal immobilizing soil amendments in a risk-based management of metal contaminated soils: risk assessment
  • Nutrient recovery from manure and biomethanisation digestates
  • Recycling/recovery of technology-critical elements from waste and wastewater
  • Testing and development of (micronutrient-enriched) soil fertilizers, feed and food supplements

Research projects

  • AgroCycle: EU policy-forming protocol for the recycling and valorisation of agri-food waste
  • ALG-AD: Combining algal and AD technology
  • BIOREFINE: Recycling inorganic chemicals from agro-and bio-industrial waste streams
  • COMBINE: Converting Organic Matters from European urban and natural areas into storable bio-Energy
  • De Blauwe Keten: Creation of a new biobased sector for a blue colorant produced by the microalga Spirulina
  • DIGESMART: DIGEState from MAnure Recycling Technologies
  • GRASSIFICATION: Using roadside grass clippings as a renewable resource in a circular economy
  • New-C-Land: Added value of cross-border valorisation of marginal land in support of a bio-based economy
  • NutriCycle MIP: Green fertilizers produced from animal manure and digestate
  • Pilots4U: Network of bioeconomy open access pilot and multipurpose demo facilities
  • Phos4You: Development of P-recycling technologies
  • Pocket Power: Expansion of pocket digestion in Flanders
  • ReciDigest: Implementation of digestate treatment and recirculation
  • Systemic: Recover and recycle valuable mineral components from organic waste streams

Scientific Networks