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Interdisciplinarity

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INTERDISCIPLINARITY

Complementary of the groups is manifold:

Each research group has particular equipment and shares lab facilities and capabilities.

Causal interpretation entails a broad knowledge, for example from molecule to ecosystem or from influence to holistic impact assessment, of which every group contributes a piece of the bigger puzzle. Integration of this complementary knowledge creates for instance opportunities to develop new biomarkers, toxicological screening systems or methods of dosimetry.

Groups complement each other and unite their expertise. Biological, chemical and technological aspects are taken into consideration, as well as the techno-economic, social and legal assessment to allow for a successful implementation of the clean technologies under investigation. Some examples:

  • Pyrolysis is studied as a clean technology to valorize residual or post-extracted biomass in a range of applications
  • Plant-microbe partnerships are explored for their application in
    • soil, (ground)water and air remediation,
    • crop cultivation on land under pressure and
    • green infrastructure in urban areas.
  • The depletion of energy resources and raw materials has a huge impact on the building market. In order to work towards a circular economy, the development of new synthetic construction materials for the reuse of various (waste) residual streams becomes a necessity.
  • Research at CMK provides the opportunity to causally link ecosystem changes due to climatic effects to specific ecosystem services given the controlled environment of the Ecotron facility; as well as for the translation of observational data and biodiversity data respectively into monetary values that are accessible for policy makers.