Dear colleagues and friends,
We are honored to welcome you to the 1st International congress on Metals in Anaerobic Biotechnologies (IMAB17). IMAB17 aims to provide a unique multidisciplinary platform for discussion of state-of-the-art research related to the role of trace metals (TMs) in anaerobic bioprocesses, with special focus on how to manage and recover them.
Anaerobic digesters, soil reclamation processes or bioprocesses in the food industry among others are clear examples of anaerobic bioprocesses, where addition of TM is often done. A challenging area remains largely unchartered with respect to understanding the role of trace metals (TMs) in enabling anaerobic bioprocesses. IMAB17 aims to create a platform where this major knowledge gap and scientific challenge will be presented and discussed. The role of TMs in anaerobic bioprocesses is a multifaceted topic involving metal chemistry, physical interactions of metal and solids, microbiology and technology optimization. Moreover, the fate of TMs, and the chemical speciation and transport of TMs, in environments receiving discharge waters and how to efficiently recover TM will be covered as well.
IMAB17 also provides an opportunity to stay on top of the latest developments in tools, approaches and methods to identify, assess and manage TMs in various areas of application, including industry, environmental management, societal needs and policy.