Resource Recovery

Considerable amount of waste and wastewater is produced globally, and the amounts are expected to increase as a result of increasing human activities. In the recent years, the concept of resource recovery as a part of circular bioeconomy has been gaining increasing attention due to a range of environmental challenges. In this concept, the waste and wastewater are considered as a valuable resource, which can be recycled, being feedstock to new products or reused via various processes.

Our research group aims at identifying the needs and developing holistic solutions for resource recovery from wastewater and organic waste sources including domestic and industrial wastewater from conventional and decentralized treatment systems, aquaculture wastewater, sewage sludge, animal manure, digestate, food waste and solid waste. Our research activities address various global issues related to energy and resources by replacing finite resources and reducing GHG emissions within circular bioeconomy approach.

Our research focuses on:

Decentralized water treatment systems and nature-based solutions

Lead: Arve Heistad:

  • Grey water
  • Black/yellow water
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Soil infiltration
Energy recovery and biorefinery concepts

Lead: John Morken, N.Pelin Kocatürk Schumacher

  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Bioelectrochemistry
  • Pyrolysis
  • Biopolymers
Nutrient recovery and biobased fertilizers

Lead: N.Pelin Kocatürk Schumacher, Melesse Eshetu Moges

  • Biochar technologies
  • Sorption
  • Struvite precipitation
  • Microalgea production
Contaminants of emerging concern

Lead: Melesse Eshetu Mogens in collaboration with Roland Kallenborn

  • Microplastics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • PFAS
  • Microbial resistance
Environmental impact and health risks

Lead: Arve Heistad, John Morken in collaboration with Vegard Nilsen, Mette Myrmel

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Hygiene
  • Health risks

Our research contributes to many of the UN’s sustainable development goals, and mainly to: SDG 6, SDG7, SDG, 11, SDG12, SDG13, SDG14, SDG17


John Morken Cristin, Google Scholar
Pelin Kocatürk Schumacher Google Scholar


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Published 23. March 2022 - 15:50 - Updated 23. March 2022 - 15:50