Industrial water production and treatment

Target group

PhD students with research related to water treatment, water production and/or industrial applications.

Organising and Scientific Committee

Organization: dr. ir. Marjolein Vanoppen, , 09 264 99 11
Scientific committee:
- Prof. dr. ir. Arne Verliefde,
- Prof. dr. ir. Ingmar Nopens,
- Jan Willem Mulder,
- Wilbert Van den Broek,


Industrial water treatment, drinking water, process water and innovative technologies and applications for water production and treatment.

Content of the course

This course aims to familiarize the students with the real-life application of the concepts that they have been thought by inviting experts from both industry and leading research institutes. For PhD students, this can help put their research in the right perspective and aid in seeing potential fields of applications for the technology they are working on.

Dates and Venue

From 14 February to 9 May 2018 from 15h00 - 17h00 (see programme)

Ghent University, Faculty of (Bioscience) Engineering, Coupure links 653, Blok A2.025 (2nd fl)


  • 14/2    Introduction + practical arrangements    Marjolein Vanoppen (UGent)

                 Control and management of water production plants    Pascal de Theije (Evides)

  • 21/2     Innovative technologies/water recycling/ZLD    Jan Post (Wetsus)
  • 7/3      Proces water treatment and its applications    David Moed (Evides)
  • 14/3    Drinking water production in Flanders, from source to tap    Liesbeth Verdickt (De Watergroep)
  • 28/3    Innovations in process water    Emile Cornelissen (KWR)
  • 18/4     Industriële symbiose en het faciliteren ervan door het Vlaamse Symbioseplatform   Johan Gemoets (Symbiose)

                 Rules and regulations in Flanders    Dirk Halet (VLAKWA)

  • 25/4    Achieving maximum recovery: tradeoffs in high recovery desalination    Malynda Cappelle (UTEP)
  • 2/5      Water reuse and resource recovery: case studies    Bart De Gusseme (Farys/UGent)
  • 9/5      Water use in the petrochemical industry    Eric Hoek (Water Planet)



- Marjolein Vanoppen is the principal organizer of the course. She finished her PhD at PaInT in 2016 and is currently working as the Chair Industrial and Circular Water Technology at the same group.
- Dirk Halet is currently Policy and Strategy Coordinator at VLAKWA (Flemish Knowledge Center Water). He graduated as a bio-science engineer majoring in environmental technology at UGent in 2003.
- Liesbeth Verdickt is a proces engineer at De Watergroep. De Watergroep produces drinking water and process water and provides technologies for waste water treatment.
- Bart De Gusseme is a project leader at Farys/TMVW (process water production and waste water treatment) and part-time professor at CMET, faculty of bio-science engineering. He focusses on the development of innovative strategies to integrate wastewater treatment in the industrial and municipal water production process of the 21st century.
- David Moed finished his PhD at the TU Delft in 2015, focusing on boilers and superheaters and the fate of chemicals in these systems. He currently works as a process engineer at Evides Industriewater.
- Jan Post is a pioneer in the field of reverse electrodialysis, an innovative technology for the production of sustainable energy from salinity gradients (e.g. seawater and river water). He currently works as a Program Manager at Wetsus and is the Managing Director of his own company, AquaBattery, which employs the electrodialysis technology to store sustainably produced energy.
- Pascal De Theije works as a process engineer and technologist at Evides Industriewater, with a specialization in waste water treatment.
- Malynda Cappelle works at the Center for Inland Desalination Systems at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has extensive experience in water conservation, industrial water treatment and research and development and is currently launching her own company.
- Eric Hoek is the co-founder and CEO of Water Planet, which develops and markets membrane-based water purification and separation products. He used to be a professor at UCLA and UC Riverside and his research lead to the founding of NanoH2O, now LG Water Solutions.


Please use following registration link:

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools of (Bioscience) Engineering and Natural Sciences of Ghent University and other Universities.


For further information, please contact dr. ir. Marjolein Vanoppen, , 09 264 99 11

Number of participants

Maximum 50



Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% attendance in all sessions