Prof. Harry Futselaar visited Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and gave a talk on "Water is (still) alive – the 4th phase (transition)", on March 16, 2018.
In many parts of the world the access to sufficient and safe water is a challenge which will increase in the coming decades with increasing world population and urbanization and the drive towards greening the economy by a transition to bio-based fuels and raw materials. In the current historically grown structure of the (urban) water systems large amounts of water and energy are being used less optimally, while many nutrients are being destroyed.
The education and research within the Saxion research group International Water Technology (IWT) are centered around water in urban and rural environment. In the 'City of the Future', the entire water cycle is redesigned and adapted, so that optimal water (re-)use is combined with a maximum energy recovery, nutrient recycling, and guaranteed water supply, quality and safety. In the design of the (future) water systems the challenges related to climate change should also be taken into account, such as heavier showers, periods of extreme drought, heat stress, etc., so the realization of the ' climate-proof or climate resilient cities.
In the lecture, a short overview of worldwide challenged were presented followed by an overview of current research activities, such as bio-based energy recovery through anaerobic digestion; membrane and sensor technology for endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) removal and detection; and decentralized PoU/PoE water treatment application in relation with capacity building.
Prof. Harry Futselaar obtained a MSc-graduation in Mechanical Engineering, a PDEng in Process Engineering, and a PhD-graduation in Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente (The Netherlands).
He started his career in membrane filtration in 1988 and has a long track record in module, process and application development as well as basic engineering of systems in the field of water and wastewater treatment. He is an experienced (project) manager in connecting parties in (subsidized) industrial and/or educational, research & development and (pilot-) demonstration projects.
Since 2008, he is (part-time) professor International Water Technology at Saxion University of Applied Sciences (Enschede, The Netherlands) focusing on the ‘Real Value of Water’. Next, he is responsible as transfer manager for the Saxion School for Life Science, Engineering & Design (LED) for the coordination of multidisciplinary research projects.