Dr Antoine Trzcinski graduated with a Bachelor degree in engineering and Master degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium in 2005 and in 2009 he has been awarded a PhD from the chemical engineering Department of Imperial College London in the United Kingdom. During my PhD he developed a novel process for producing biogas from municipal solid waste and for the treatment of landfill leachate. He gained practical experience on aerobic and anaerobic processes including membrane bioreactors, carbon and nitrogen removal, wastewater and organic solid waste treatment. In 2009, he carried out research and development at pilot scale on the production of value-added products from algae at Manchester University. He gained experience in designing plant for various projects (mass & energy balance, unit sizing and economics) in a biorefinery context in collaboration with Shell. He worked extensively on liquid and solid state fermentation processes using biomass such as sugarcane bagasse, rapeseed meal, coffee waste, waste glycerol, wheat bran and soybean residues for the production of sugars, ethanol, enzymes and biodiesel using integrated biorefinery concepts. As a senior Research fellow in the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (He joined Nanyang Technological University in 2011), he continued working on solid waste treatment such as waste activated sludge and wastewater treatment in anaerobic membrane bioreactors. In particular he developed novel combinations of pre-treatments of waste activated sludge that result in greater biogas production. He generated 3 patents from this work in collaboration with the Public Utilities Board of Singapore. In 2012, he obtained a grant from the National Environment Agency to convert food waste to sugars using the biorefinery concepts learnt at Manchester University. These sugars can then be converted to platform chemicals using fermentation techniques. His long term vision is to transform the conventional waste activated sludge process into its anaerobic counterpart which would result in an energy factory with significantly lower sludge production. In that context, he investigated the AB process and biosorption mechanisms. In 2014 he secured a grant to investigate the concurrent carbon and nitrogen removal with biogas production in membrane bioreactors. In 2016, He joined the University of Southern Queensland in Australia as lecturer and teaches Environmental engineering, Environmental Engineering Practice, Hydraulics, Solid and Liquid Waste Treatment and Applied Chemistry and Microbiology
His interests also include fouling mitigation in membrane bioreactors, characterization of soluble microbial products, identification of bacterial and archaeal strains, pharmaceutical and antibiotics removal from wastewater, fate of nanoparticles in the environment, enhancing bioprocesses using nanoparticles, bioelectro stimulation of microbes to improve bioprocesses through interspecies electron transfer (IET), forward osmosis processes and biofuels production from waste.