Luc Hornstra PhD

Luc Hornstra PhD

  • Senior scientific researcher
  • 030-6069628
  • Luc.Hornstra@kwrwater.nl
  • 06-54293945

Luc Hornstra is a scientific researcher in microbiology in the Microbial Water Quality & Health team. He works on optimising water treatment processes intending to render pathogenic microorganisms harmless. Over the last few years, Luc has conducted research on the treatment of water by, among others, soil aquifer treatment, (membrane) filtration and disinfection, such as UV and chlorine dioxide. For soil aquifer treatment, for instance, he determined the removal rates of viruses and bacteria during transport for both the saturated and unsaturated zones. In addition, Luc is working on a new method that uses viruses naturally present in water to determine the virus removal rates of treatment processes. Another of his important fields of research is antimicrobial resistance in the urban water cycle. For this research, Luc is involved in developing new techniques to detect and characterise antibiotics and resistance genes in the water cycle and establish water treatment processes’ effect on antimicrobial resistance. Within the European ANSWER project, Luc supervises a doctoral student studying antimicrobial resistance in the environment. Luc is also involved in research into determining and influencing the microbial quality of water used in the horticultural sector.