Our research program is at the interface of several disciplines including biotechnology, nanotechnology, geoengineering and water and soil chemistry. Research in our laboratory focuses on the fundamental aspects of contaminant and microbe interaction with surfaces of environmental interest. Environmental applications of our research include protection of groundwater supplies from hydrophobic contaminants, wastewater and drinking water treatment, bioremediation of soils, sediments and aquifers, composting and bioconversion of waste to energy.

Our group’s long-term collaborative vision is to address community specific water and energy needs by developing programs that couple and appropriate technology based solutions and innovative education approaches needed to improve communities and achieve sustainability. 

Our research activities broadly span the following areas of interest:

· Soils, sediments and groundwater bioremediation

· Environmental nanotechnology

· Waste management and its (bio-)conversion to bio-fuels

· Environmental Engineering for Sustainable Development


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Last updated: May 2012





In the future, proponents hope, technological advances will make algal biomass more viable. Dr Antizar-Ladislao's team admits that algal growth can be sustainably spurred by utilising waste from sewage treatment and factory chimneys to provide the nutrients and carbon dioxide required. The British government's former chief scientist, Sir David King, recently declared that algal bio-diesel is a "real solution" to fossil-fuel dependence if only energy requirements of the production process can be renewably sourced.


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Dr Blanca Antizar-Ladislao
Institute for Infrastructure and Environment
William Rankine Building
School of Engineering
University of Edinburgh
The King’s Buildings
Edinburgh EH9 3JL

Tel. +44(0)131 650 5712
Fax.+44(0)131 650 6781

Research for Sustainable Environmental Engineering and Development

Antizar-Ladislao Research Group

Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, School of Engineering