Industrial Water Production and Treatment

Target Group

environmental technology, chemistry and bio-process technology, land and water management, PhD students (Doctoral Schools)


dr. ir. Marjolein Vanoppen,


industrial water treatment, drinking water, process water, innovative technologies and applications


Advanced course to familiarize the students with actual full-scale practices and show them how basic concepts are applied in practice in line with regulation

Advised prior knowledge

Basic knowledge of water treatment technologies.

Proposal planning

Planning as a weekly class of 2 hours in between other courses in the second semester. In each class, one topic will be discussed by one or more speakers.
In the first semester, the students who chose the topic will be contacted and an appropriate moment for the lectures will planned based on their availability. If technically possible, the lectures will be recorded and shared through ufora for students who are unable to follow along in person and for future reference.

Additional activity:
1 day excursion to an industrial site, to be planned in agreement with the students. This year, most likely the Muide-Meulestede site in Ghent will be visited, a great example of a lot of (potential) industrial symbiosis.


Group task with peer assessment; the students will be assigned a group task for which they will prepare a short paper. The groups will present their papers end will review each other’s papers and presentations.

The final grade will take into account the delivered work and the quality of the peer review given and received, and will be determined by the course responsible.

Exact content of the assignment is to be determined together with the students during the first lecture. This way of working not only broadens the knowledge of the students regarding industrial applications of novel technologies, but also their sense of organization and responsibility and their writing and presentation skills.


Session 1:

Introduction + intro Muide-Meulestede Region Ghent

Session 2

Biological stability of (drinking) water (UGent/Eawag)

Session 3

Using gasses to treat water (Air Liquide)

Session 4

Computer – based design and disruption of water treatment technologies: practical case examples and state-of-the-art (AM-Team)

Session 5

Water treatment at large industrial sites (Evides)

Session 6

State-of-the-art and future for drinking water production (Waterlink)

Session 7

Legislation and the Blue Deal (VUB)

Session 8

Climate change and the future of our water (KU Leuven)


Site visit, probably to Muide-Meulestede