In December 2020, the BTL got the confirmation that the team obtained the support from the program New Frontiers in Research from the Government of Canada (NFRFG-2020-00148) to participate to the European project CERESIS. The ½ M$ funding will be used to convert the biomass grown on contaminated lands into biofuels through thermochemical process. The project will involve our new recruit Yira Victoria Hurtado Castaño as well as possibly 1 or 2 additional team members.
So if you are looking to be part of an international project dedicated to solve environmental issues at many levels and want to do a PHD – contact us!
CERESIS is an acronym of ContaminatEd land Remediation through Energy crops for SWoil Improvement to liquid biofuel Strategies.
CERESIS involves academia, industry, organizations, institutes and SMEs from five EU countries, Ukraine, Brazil and Canada in a joint effort to tackle the indirect land use change risk while producing biofuels, as well as the fact that – at the same time – significant contaminated land areas remain used. The project aims to provide a win-win sustainable solution to both issues by facilitating land decontamination through phytoremediation, i.e. growing energy crops to produce clean biofuels.