The recent discovery of microorganism able to have a redox communication with electrically conductive materilas has generated a new scientifc field under the umbrella of the so-called Microbial Electrochemical Technologies. The aim of IBERIMET is to set-up a work group with all the national active groups in the field. From the very beginning (2003) spanish researchers showed interest in playing an important role in this newborn discipline.
After one decade, we are the european country with the largest number of researcher in the field, and now run up to 10 MET-based H2020 and LIFE projects.
The nature of METs is based on three disciplines that rarely coverge at high level in the same research group: microbiology, engineering and electrochemistry. IBERIMET will be a key tool for facilitating the interaction among groups with two main objectives:
- Accelerate the technological development of METs through enhancing the synergism between the partners
- Achieve larger application scale (full scale) to make METs atractive technologies with interest for the industrial sector.
- Stimulate the foundation of spinoff from IBERIMET partners.