Professor Casey, Head of UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering and Principal Investigator at BiOrbic was awarded €2.5million by the ERC for ‘Analysis of Biofilm Solid Interactions Underpinning Wastewater Treatment.’
The ERC announced its most prestigious funding awards last month and Prof Casey has been awarded one of the four ERC Advanced Grants given to researchers in Ireland. ERC Advanced Grants are awarded to support excellent, established research leaders in any field to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk research projects.
Professor Casey’s research project aims to enhance the efficiency of modern wastewater treatment by exploring interactions between wastewater and biofilms. Biofilms are a collection of microorganisms that grow on many surfaces and are key catalysts in wastewater treatment processes. Professor Casey’s project will allow massive advancements in water process engineering and contribute to the circular economy, and to moving towards a net zero water sector.
Read more about Professor Casey’s project, and about the other 2 UCD academics awarded one of the Irish ERC grants here.