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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidrun Steinmetz

Contact details

Phone: +49(0)631 / 205-2944
Fax:+49(0)631 / 205-3905
Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 14
Room 14/313
D-67663 Kaiserslautern

Professional career

since 2016Professor and Holder of the Department Resource Efficient Wastewater Technologies at the University of Kaiserslautern
2007 - 2015Professor and Holder of the Chair of Sanitary Engineering and Water Recycling at the University of Stuttgart
Head and Co-founder of the Wasserforschungszentrum (Water Research Centre) Stuttgart
2003 - 2006Managing Director of the Center for Innovative Wastewater Technology at the University of Kaiserslautern
2000 - 2002Head of Department Water and Environmental Technology in the Consultant´s office WPW Ingenieure GmbH, Saarbrücken
1997 - 2000Head of Department Wastewater, Water and Biotechnology, Farmatic Anlagenbau GmbH (plant engineering company)
1990 - 1996Research Assistant at the Institute of Urban Water Management, University of Kaiserslautern

Academic education

1996Dr.- Ingenieur (Dr.-Ing.), University of Kaiserslautern
1981 - 1989Study of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern
Diploma: Dipl.-Biol.

Membership in professional associations

  • German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA):

    • Deputy spokeswoman of the technical committee KA 1 “resource orientated sanitation”
    • Member of the task group KA 1.4 “system integration”
    • Member of the task Group KA 1.8 “research and development”
    • Member of the task group KA 6.2 “SBR –technology”
    • Member of the technical committee KA 8 “advanced wastewater treatment”
    • Member of the technical committee ES 2 “system oriented planning”
    • Member of the coordination group energy in the water and waste management
    • Member of FA BIZ 6 “Ausbildung an Hochschulen”
    • Member of the advisory committee of the German Water Association (DWA) in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg

  • International Water Association (IWA)
  • Society of Engineers for water resources, solid waste management and land reclamation (BWK)
  • German Society for Limnology (DGL)
  • Program Committee of the IWA Austrian Young Water Professional Conference 2010
  • Scientific board Shanghai Chongming Eco- Island International Forum 2010
  • Scientific board “Aqua Urbanica” (since 2013)
  • Editorial Board “gwf-Wasser/Abwasser” (since 2012)
  • Editorial board „Wasser und Abfall“ (since 2012)
  • Managing Director „Research and Development Institute for Urban and Industrial Water Management and Solid Waste Management e.V. Stuttgart (FEI) (2009 – 2015)
  • Foundation Council Willy- Hager Foundation
  • Chairperson of the technical expert board Willy- Hager Foundation
  • Jury of Ernst-Kunze Preis (DWA)
  • Jury of Aqua-Preis (University of Stuttgart) (2007 - 2015)
  • Jury Karl-Heinz Hunken Preis (University of Stuttgart) (2013 - 2015)

Focus of activity in research

  • concepts and Technologies for a resource efficient wastewater management
  • nutrient recovery
  • energy on wastewater treatment plants
  • anaerobic technologies
  • production of biopolymer (biopastic) from wastewater and sewage sludge
  • optimisation of processes on waste water treatment plants
  • black water treatment
  • Elimination of micropollutants

Selected peer reviewed papers

Gottardo Morandi, C., Wasielewski, S.; Mouarkech, K.; Minke, R.; Steinmetz, H. (2018): Impact of new sanitation technologies upon conventional wastewater infrastructures, Urban Water Journal, 15:6, 526-533. Open Access. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2017.1301502

Wasielewski, S., Rott, E., Minke, R., Steinmetz, H. (2018): Evaluation of Different Clinoptilolite Zeolites as Adsorbent for Ammonium Removal from Highly Concentrated Synthetic Wastewater. In: Water, 10 (5), 584. doi.org/10.3390/w10050584

Knerr, H., Gretzschel, O., Schmitt, T. G., Steinmetz, H., Taudien, Y., Kolisch, G. (2018): Modellbasierte Strategienentwicklung zur Reduktion des Mikroschadstoffeintrags in Gewässer aus Abwassersystemen. In: Pinnekamp, J. (Hrsg.), Gewässerschutz – Wasser – Abwasser 247, 51. Essener Tagung für Wasserwirtschaft „Wasserwirtschaft im Umbruch“ vom 14.3.-16.3.2018 in Essen. Aachen: Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Siedlungswasserwirtschaft an der RWTH Aachen e.V., 2018, S. 54/1-54/16

Rott, E., Steinmetz, H., Metzger J. W. (2018): Organophosphonates: A review on environmental relevance, biodegradability and removal in wastewater treatment plants. Science of The Total Environment, Vol. 615, 1176-1191

Wasielewski, S., Gottardo Morandi, C., Mouarkech, K., Minke, R. and Steinmetz, H. (2017): Impacts of blackwater co-digestion on biogas production in the municipal wastewater treatment sector using pilot-scale UASB and CSTR reactors. Desalination and Water Treatment (91) 121–128, doi: 10.5004/dwt.2017.21236.

Pittmann, T. ;Steinmetz, H. (2017): Polyhydroxyalkanoate Production on Waste Water Treatment Plants: Process Scheme, Operating Conditions and Potential Analysis for German and European Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants. Bioengineering 2017, 4, 54; doi:10.3390/bioengineering4020054

Rott, E., Minke, R. and Steinmetz, H. (2017): Removal of phosphorus from phosphonate-loaded industrial wastewaters via precipitation/flocculation. Journal of Water Process Engineering, ISSN 2214-7144, 17, 188–196, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2017.04.008

Launay, M.A., Dittmer, U., Steinmetz, H. (2016): Organic micropollutants discharged by combined sewer overflows – Characterisation of pollutant sources and stormwater-related processes. Water Research 104. (2016) pp82-92, doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.07.068

Drenkova-Tuhtan, A., Schneider, M., Mandel, K., Meyer, C., Gellermann, C., Sextl, G. and Steinmetz, H. (2015/2016): Influence of cation building blocks of metal hydroxide precipitates on their adsorption and desorption capacity for phosphate in wastewater – A screening study. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 488 (2016): 145-153, http://dx.doi.org/110.1016/j.colsurfa.2015.1010.1017.

Gerbersdorf, S.U., Cimatoribus, C., Class, H., Engesser, K.-H., Helbich, S., Hollert, H., Lange, C., Kranert, M., Metzger, J.W., Nowak, W., Seiler, T.-B., Steger, K., Steinmetz, H. und S. Wieprecht (2015): Anthropogenic Trace Compounds (ATCs) in aquatic habitats – research needs on sources, fate, detection and toxicity to ensure timely elimination strategies and risk management. Environmental International 79 (2015) 85-1085. REVIEW Paper

Pittmann, T.; Steinmetz, H. (2014): Polyhydroxyalkanoate production as a side stream process on a municipal waste water treatment plant. Bioresource Technology, Elsevier Ltd, 167, 297-302. doi 10.1016/biortech.2014.06.037

Pittmann, T.; Steinmetz, H. (2013): Influence of operating conditions for volatile fatty acids enrichment as a first step for polyhydroxyalkanoate production on a municipal waste water treatment plant. Bioresource Technology, Elsevier Ltd, 148C, 270-276

Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Mandel, K.; Paulus, A.; Meyer, C.; Hutter, F.; Gellermann, C.; Sextl, G.; Franzreb, M.; Steinmetz, H. (2013): Phosphate recovery from wastewater using engineered superparamagnetic particles modified with layered double hydroxide ion exchangers. Water Research 47, 5670-5677

List of publications of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidrun Steinmetz

Presentations of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidrun Steinmetz


Zukunftspreis Re-Water Braunschweig 2013 (together with partners): prize worth 10.000 € about “Recycling, quality and global considerations” for the work “Phosphate recovery from wastewater with engineered superparamagnetic composite particles using magnetic separation”