Title: Bioelectrochemical anaerobix oxidation of ammonia for sustainable N removal from wastewater

Duration: 2020 - 2022

Research groups: Bioe



  1. Cultivation and characterization of ammonia oxidizing electroactive bacteria from natural environments rich in feammox communities.
  2. Bioelectrochemical N removal in mesocosms mimicking METlands.
  3. Integration of electrammox bacteria in a pilot scale METland treating real N bearing wastewater.

General activities

In Electrammox we cultivate electroactive ammonia oxidizing microorganisms in microcosms and continuous bioreactors. The cultures will be characterized electrochemically and phylogenetically. Following steps will investigate the application of these enrichment cultures to the removal of N pollution in real domestic wastewater.

Expected results

Electrammox aims at deepening into the diversity of microorganisms able of oxidizing ammonia by utilizing a solid electron acceptor. We expect demonstrate the feasibility of applying bioelectrochemical systems for the removal of ammoniacal pollution of wastewater.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 894525.