Fulton Schools and ASU Regents’ Professor Bruce Rittmann. Photography courtesy of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University

By revolutionizing microbiological-based technologies in water and wastewater treatment, Professors Mark van Loosdrecht and Bruce Rittmann have demonstrated the possibilities to remove harmful contaminants from water, cut wastewater treatment costs, reduce energy consumption, and even recover chemicals and nutrients for recycling.

Their pioneering research and innovations have led to a new generation of energy-efficient water treatment processes that can effectively extract nutrients and other chemicals — both valuable and harmful — from 

It has also led to the pair being named this year’s laureates of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize, which is given annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to promote excellent water achievements and inspire future water-wise action.

Van Loosdrecht is a professor in environmental biotechnology at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Bruce Rittmann is Regents’ Professor of environmental engineering and director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.

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