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Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University Professor Hideki Harada

International joint development of energy-saving wastewater treatment system for developing countries

Research grant

Project Description

Poor water environments present a serious threat to human health. And, with their weak public financing foundations, developing countries often cannot provide sufficient wastewater/sewage treatment facilities, and thus surface water (river, etc.) contamination can be a critical problem. Here, to alleviate/correct this situation, we advance an onsite, international joint development project in close collaboration with Indian researchers. Through this, we create a novel, minimum cost/minimum energy technology for application to wastewater/sewage treatment in developing countries.

Grant year
FY2009 Research Grants
Grant term
2 years
April 2010 - March 2012
Grant amount
12,528,000 yen
Activity region
Upflow anaerobic sludge blanket, one component of a wastewater treatment system

Overview of the Organization

Professor Hideki Harada
Professor Hideki Harada
Specialist fields
Environmental sanitary engineering; microbial engineering
Affiliated academic societies
International Water Association (IWA); Japan Society on Water Environment; Japan Society of Civil Engineers; Society for Biotechnology, Japan; Japan Society for Environmental Biotechnology; Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology; Society of Environmental Science, Japan; Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management
In 1975 graduated from the School of Engineering, Tohoku University. In 1980 became an assistant professor at Nagaoka University of Technology. In 1982 was appointed Professor at Nagaoka University of Technology. In 1989 became an Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology. In 1995 took a post of Professor at Nagaoka University of Technology. In 2006 became a Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University
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Collaborating researchers
Takashi YAMAGUCHI, Associate Professor, Nagaoka University of Technology; Absar Ahamad KAZMI, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology; Nadeem KHALIL, Assistant Professor, Aligah Muslim University; Payraya CHOEISAI, Lecturer, Khon Kaen University; Chettiyappan VISVANATHAN, Professor, Asian Institute of Technology
Research record
  • (1) Cultivation of Methanogens under Low-Hydrogen Conditions by Using the Coculture Method. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75 (14), (2009), 4892-4896
  • (2) Syntrophorhabdus aromaticivorans gen. nov., sp. nov., the First Cultured Anaerobe Capable of Degrading Phenol to Acetate in Obligate Syntrophic Associations with a Hydrogenotrophic Methanogen. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 74 (7), (2008), 2051-2058
  • (3) Optimization of anaerobic acidogenesis of an aquatic plant, Canna indica L., by rumen cultures., Water Research, 41 (1), (2007), 2361-2370
  • (4) Bellilinea caldifistulae gen. nov., sp. nov. and Longilinea arvoryzae gen. nov., sp. nov., strictly anaerobic, filamentous bacteria of the phylum Chloroflexi isolated from methanogenic propionate- degrading consortia., Int.J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 57, (2007), 2299-2306
  • (5) Syntrophomonas palmitatica sp. nov., an anaerobic, syntrophic, long-chain fatty-acid-oxidizing bacterium isolated from methanogenic sludge., Int. J. Syst. Evol.Microbiol., 57, (2007), 2137-2142