Valorization and up-cycling of food waste




Greater Copenhagen area

Food waste is an heterogeneous mixture of food materials which is discarded at different stages of production, processing, retailing and consumption. Because of the significant amounts of food lost, the topic has gained significant attention in the last years, and upcoming directive implement mandatory separate collection of organic waste in EU by 31 December 2023. Besides waste prevention, significant efforts are currently devoted towards improving the management of food waste, and concepts for recovering high value products through biological treatment are being developed. Initiatives look at both large scale systems as well as small scale units suitable for rural areas.

This project will contribute to the development of innovative ideas for the valorization of food waste. Activities include:

-          Analyze and test the waste biomass for its composition and nutrient/resource content

-          Identify suitable microorganisms to process the biomass under given conditions

-          Develop options for recovering the valuable resources from food waste as well as extracting building blocks to be used for production of high valuable chemicals and resources

In collaboration with

Rose Luxhoi Iversen (Poetic chemistry)


Knowledge of biotechnology processes, some experience with practical work in the lab

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Company / Organization

DTU Miljø


Panagiotis Kougias




Supervisor info

MSc in Environmental Engineering


Panagiotis Kougias


Alessio Boldrin

ECTS credits

5 - 10


MSc thesis, Special course

Technical University of Denmark

For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society.

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