German Water Partnership Award at ITU
Nov 16, 2017

The German Water Partnership (GWP) granted its “GWP Award” which is given to support young experts for extraordinary work on water and wastewater treatment.

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ITU Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering research assistant Gökçe Kor Bıçakcı has been deemed worthy of an award for his work on "Challenges and Concrete Solutions of Infrastructure and Optimization of Water and Wastewater Facilities in the Next Five Years". Bıçakcı received his award at the 7th Turkish-German Water Cooperation Days ceremony held in Eskişehir.

A New Perspective for Economic and Eco-Friendly Farming Practices

Gökçe Kor Bıçakcı, who is conducting her doctoral studies under the co-supervision of Prof. Dr. Emine Çokgör of the ITU Faculty of Civil Engineering Department of Environmental Engineering, and Çiğdem Eskicioğlu of the University of British Columbia, earned the award for her work titled “Triclosan Removal of Microwave Disintegration Applied in Anaerobic Sludge Digestion Process and Effect on Biomass Quality for Land Application". In his research at the University of British Columbia with the support of TÜBİTAK, he questioned the effect of microwave disintegration on the microcrystalline triclosan, which is used in many cases, in different conditions of the airless sludge digestion process. Bıçakcı's research has the special feature of being the first of its kind in this area in the (scientific) literature. In her research at the University of British Columbia, with the support of TÜBİTAK, she examines the effect of microwave disintegration on different conditions in the anaerobic sludge digestion process of the micro-pollutant triclosan, which is used in many products. The study also investigates the effect of microwave pretreatment applied to sewage sludge on the production of methane gas, which is a renewable energy source in the digestion process and assesses the impact of the biomass quality of economic and environmentally-friendly agricultural practices.

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What is the GWP?

The German Water Partnership (GWP) is a platform that coordinates the actors in the water sector, encourages innovation and compiles information on this area. The GWP is a powerful informatics network that collects private and public organizations in the water sector, and research & development associations and institutes from the world of science and economy under one roof. It is an organization consisting of commercial enterprises, state institutions, non-governmental organizations, scientific organizations and water-related associations, including the private and public sectors in Germany. In Germany, in order to enhance cooperation with Turkey and to provide more efficient and extensive service, experts from industry and research in the water and wastewater sectors have come together under the "Turkey Country Forum". The Country Forum's objectives are to establish long-term collaborations in the water and wastewater sector in Turkey, to develop projects and carry out studies on the country's need for compatible solutions.