Ir. Niels van Linden
Niels van Linden is PhD researcher on the N2kWh-project, developing a new strategy to manage ammonium in residual streams by producing ammonia/ammonium fuel for a SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell), in order to generate electricity: from pollutant to power.
Niels has a Civil Engineering background, with an explicit interest in water treatment. In 2013, he completed his BSc in Civil Engineering at the Delft University of Technology after conducting his BSc-thesis on a water softening project in Portugal. This first practical experience made him very enthusiastic on the field of water treatment and made him pursue his MSc in Sanitary Engineering, the specialisation of the Watermanagement track in the MSc Civil Engineering.
During his MSc, Niels conducted a multidisciplinary project in Jakarta, Indonesia, focussing on the optimization of large conventional drinking water treatment plants. Additionally, he conducted an Aquademia funded internship in Barcelona, Spain at CETAQUA, where he researched the fouling potential of secondary and tertiary effluent of a domestic waste water treatment plant on ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis membranes. During his MSc-thesis, Niels researched the recovery of sodium chloride from brines (highly concentrated residual streams) for reuse purposes in Zero Liquid Discharge. The MSc-thesis was the foundation for a research project commissioned by Shell Global Solution B.V.
Next to his education at the Delft University of Technology, Niels has been working for several years at the Sanitary Engineering department as student-assistant. He was assisting in multiple BSc and MSc-courses and Massive Open Online Courses, with for example Fundamental of Water Treatment. Currently, next to his research, Niels is also involved in the new Industry Water course.
Niels his specific interest lies on physical and chemical water treatment (for example: Electrodialysis, Ion Exchange, Nanofiltration, Reverse Osmosis and Pervaporation) and the translation of various water treatment techniques to strategies and the other way around. These aspects are highly applicable in the current N2kWh-project, where the research focusses on physical and chemical conversion of ammonium to a fuel. Niels is very enthusiastic about this research and on water treatment in general and is always looking for collaboration.