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Marcel Janssen

Wageningen University, Bioprocess Engineering

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I am assistant professor at the Bioprocess Engineering group of Wageningen University in The Netherlands. I hold an MSc in Environmental Technology of Wageningen University and obtained my PhD degree in Bioprocess Engineering at the same university in 2002. During my PhD I studied microalgal growth under medium duration (seconds-scale) light-dark cycles. Between 2002 and 2009 I worked as a postdoc on several different research projects at Wageningen University as well as the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Switzerland). The topic of research over these years was the application of phototrophic micro-organisms in biotechnology in general and the optimization of their cultivation in photobioreactors with special attention for the photosynthetic efficiency. Currently, as an assistant professor, I focus on the theoretical description and experimental evaluation of microalgae growth in photobioreactors. In addition, I work on the application of microalgae for the treatment of different types of wastewater. The underlying objective is the maximization of the productivity (or conversion rate) of photoautotrophic bioprocesses at minimized energy input.

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