METS (Microalgae eco-technological solutions)

Algenonderzoek / Algae research
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Applying ecological knowledge for nature-based solutions that improve water quality and valorisation of resources. That is what METS stands for.

METS explores the potential of microalgae-bacteria biodiversity and interactions for ecological and sustainable eco-technologies, providing clean water, valorisation of resources and safe solutions. METS applies modern ecological principles and theories in designing biodiverse engineered ecosystems for closing carbon and nutrients cycles and removing anthropogenic pollutants, such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides.


Only by understanding the fundamental ecological mechanisms of microorganisms can we design the novel engineered ecosystems for the future sustainable and circular society.

Tania Fernandes


It is time to think circular, just like nature, the waste of one is the resource of the other. We generate knowledge to design nature-based sustainable technologies that combine microalgae and bacteria and can recover the wide number of valuable elements present in wastewater while removing the harmful pollutants. The valuable microalgal biomass that can be used as a raw material for the production of fertilizers, biostimulants, bioplastic, and added value products.

We host BSc, MSc, PhD and Post-docs. Please contact Tânia V. Fernandes.

METS algae


Dr. ir. Tania V. Fernandes