Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg E. Drewes

Jörg E. Drewes









Membrane Filtration

Curriculum Vitae

since 2013
Chair Professor, Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, Technische Universität München
since 2013 Research Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden CO, USA
2011-2013 Director of Research. NSF Engineering Research Center on Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). Stanford, UC-Berkeley, New Mexico State University and Colorado School of Mines
2010-2013 Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden CO, USA. Co-Director, Advanced Water Technology Center (AQWATEC)
2010-2013 Visiting Professor. Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi-Arabia
since 2007 Adjunct Professor, UNSW Water Research Centre, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2006-2010 Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering Division, Colorado School of Mines, Golden CO, USA
2001-2006 Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering Division, Colorado School of Mines, Golden CO, USA
1999-2001 Associate Director, National Center for Sustainable Water Supply (NCSWS), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
1997-1999 Visiting Professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
1997 Doctorate in Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.), Technical University of Berlin, Germany
1992-1997 Research Associate, Department of Water Quality Control, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
1992 Dipl. Ing. Environmental Engineering (M.S.), Technical University of Berlin, Germany
1985-1992 Study of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Berlin, Germany


Fields of Research

  • Energy efficient water and wastewater treatment engineering
  • Energy recovery from waste streams
  • Distributed water reuse and remotely operated treatment
  • Potable reuse; monitoring strategies and treatment performance assessments
  • Novel design approaches for natural treatment systems (riverbank filtration, aquifer recharge and recovery)
  • State-of-the-art characterization of natural and effluent organic matter and emerging trace organic chemicals (endocrine disrupting compounds, pharmaceutical residues, household chemicals) in natural and engineered systems

Awards and Honors

  • Chair, International Water Association Water Reuse Specialist Group, since 2013
  • Panel Member, Direct Potable Reuse Expert Panel of the State Water Resources Control Board, State of California, 2014-2016, Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Panel Member, National Research Council (NRC) on Decentralized Use of Stormwater and Graywater, 2012-2015, National Academies, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Panel Member, National Research Council (NRC) on Water Reuse, 2008-2011, National Academies, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Member, Research Advisory Council WateReuse Foundation (WRF), Alexandria, VA, USA
  • Chair, Science Advisory Committee on Compounds of Emerging Concern in Recycled Water, California State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento, CA, USA
  • American Water Works Association Rocky Mountain Section Outstanding Research Award, 2007
  • Dr. Nevis Cook Graduate Teaching Award, Colorado School of Mines, 2003
  • Quentin Mees Research Award for outstanding water-related environmental research in the State of Arizona, 1999
  • Research Scholarship administered by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), 1997 – 1999
  • Willy-Hager Award for outstanding research in the field of water and wastewater treatment, Germany, 1997

Curriculum Vitae and Publications

Publications (Selection)


Journal Articles

  • Horstmeyer, N.; Huber, M.; Drewes, J.E.; Helmreich, B.: Räumliche Verteilung der Schwermetallgehalte in den Oberböden von 35 Versickerungsmulden für Verkehrsflächenabflüsse. GWF Wasser/Abwasser 159 (1), 2018, 71-81 more… BibTeX
  • Strübing, Dietmar; Moeller, Andreas B.; Mößnang, Bettina; Lebuhn, Michael; Drewes, Jörg E.; Koch, Konrad: Anaerobic thermophilic trickle bed reactor as a promising technology for flexible and demand-oriented H2/CO2 biomethanation. Applied Energy 232, 2018, 543-554 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Bieber, Stefan; Snyder, Shane A.; Dagnino, Sonia; Rauch-Williams, Tanja; Drewes, Jörg E.: Management strategies for trace organic chemicals in water – A review of international approaches. Chemosphere 195, 2018, 410-426 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Miklos, David B.; Hartl, Rebecca; Michel, Philipp; Linden, Karl G.; Drewes, Jörg E.; Hübner, Uwe: UV/H 2 O 2 process stability and pilot-scale validation for trace organic chemical removal from wastewater treatment plant effluents. Water Research 136, 2018, 169-179 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Nihemaiti, Maolida; Miklos, David B.; Hübner, Uwe; Linden, Karl G.; Drewes, Jörg E.; Croué, Jean-Philippe: Removal of trace organic chemicals in wastewater effluent by UV/H2O2 and UV/PDS. Water Research, 2018 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )

Conference Paper / Poster

  • Drewes, J.E.: Potable Water Reuse in the United States. FRAME Workshop Assessment and Management of Indirect Potable Reuse, 2018 more… BibTeX


Journal Articles

  • Huber, Bettina; Hilbig, Harald; Drewes, Jörg E.; Müller, Elisabeth: Evaluation of concrete corrosion after short- and long-term exposure to chemically and microbially generated sulfuric acid. Cement and Concrete Research 94, 2017, 36 - 48 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Muntau, Meriam; Schulz, Manoj; Jewell, Kevin S.; Hermes, Nina; Hübner, Uwe; Ternes, Thomas; Drewes, Jörg E.: Evaluation of the short-term fate and transport of chemicals of emerging concern during soil-aquifer treatment using select transformation products as intrinsic redox-sensitive tracers. Science of The Total Environment 583, 2017, 10 - 18 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Stadlmair, Lara F.; Letzel, Thomas; Drewes, Jörg E.; Graßmann, Johanna: Mass spectrometry based in vitro assay investigations on the transformation of pharmaceutical compounds by oxidative enzymes. Chemosphere 174, 2017, 466 - 477 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Hellauer, Karin; Karakurt, Sema; Sperlich, Alexander; Burke, Victoria; Massmann, Gudrun; Hübner, Uwe; Drewes, Jörg E.: Establishing sequential managed aquifer recharge technology (SMART) for enhanced removal of trace organic chemicals: Experiences from field studies in Berlin, Germany. Journal of Hydrology, 2017 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Horstmeyer, Nils; Weißbach, Max; Koch, Konrad; Drewes, Jörg E.: A novel concept to integrate energy recovery into potable water reuse treatment schemes. Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, 2017, jwrd2017051 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Leix, Carmen; Drewes, Jörg E.; Ye, Liu; Koch, Konrad: Strategies for enhanced deammonification performance and reduced nitrous oxide emissions. Bioresource Technology 236, 2017, 174-185 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )

Conference Paper / Poster

  • Drewes, J.E.: Feasibility study for pilot projects. 2nd Water-Energy-Food Nexus Workshop, 2017 more… BibTeX
  • Gondhalekar, D.; Drewes, J.: Towards the Nexus City: Closing the Water, Energy, and Food Loops in Cities for Synergistic Climate Action. UNESCAP Seventh Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 2017 more… BibTeX
  • Helmreich, B.; Huber, M.; Rempe, L.M.; Drewes, J.E.: Entwicklung einer zweistufigen Behandlungsanlage für Verkehrsflächenabflüsse unter Berücksichtigung urbaner und kommunaler Anforderungen. Aqua Urbanica 2017, 2017, U1–U12 more… BibTeX
  • Huber, M., Hilbig, H., Gmell, A., Heinz, D., Drewes, J.E., Helmreich, B.: Bestimmung von Isotopenverteilungen in einem porösen Eisenhydroxid zur Behandlung von Verkehrsflächenabflüssen mittels LA-ICP-MS. Wasser 2017, 2017 more… BibTeX
  • Hübner, U., Miklos, D., Müller, J., Fajnarova, S., Herzog, B., Drewes, J.E.: Evaluation of alternative concepts for removal of trace organic chemicals from secondary effluents. IWA 10th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference, 2017 more… BibTeX
  • Murgolo, S., Hübner, U. Helmreich, B., Drewes J.E., Mascolo, G.: Investigation of Electrochemical Process For Removal of emerging organic pollutants in Wastewater Treatment Plant Effluents by a Boron-doped Diamond Electrode. 5th European Conference on Environmental Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes ¬ EAAOP5, 2017 more… BibTeX
  • Stadlmair, L.F., Grassmann, J., Drewes, J.E., Letzel, T.: Massenspektrometrische Untersuchung der enzymatischen Transformation von Spurenstoffen in Einzelansätzen und Mischungen. Anakon, 2017 more… BibTeX
  • Strübing, D.; Huber, B.; Lebuhn, M.; Drewes, J.; Koch, K.: Microbial methanation of H2/CO2 in anaerobic trickle bed reactors – A study of microbial biocenosis and nutrient supply strategies under thermophilic conditions. International Conference “Progress in Biogas IV”, 2017 more… BibTeX


Contributions to Collections

  • Drewes, J.E. & Letzel, T.: Assessing Transformation Products of Chemicals by Non-Target and Suspect Screening − Strategies and Workflows Volume 1. In: Assessing Transformation Products of Chemicals by Non-Target and Suspect Screening − Strategies and Workflows. ACS Symposium (Series 1241. edn.), 2016 more… BibTeX

Conference Paper / Poster

  • Drewes, J.E., Regnery, J., Hübner, U., Hellauer, K., Müller, J., Li, D.: Revising the Design and Operation of Biofiltration in Water Treatment. Departmental Seminar Series Universität Duisburg-Essen, 2016 more… BibTeX
  • Stadlmair, L., Grassmann, J., Drewes, J.E., Letzel, T.: Mass Spectrometry Based investigations on the transformation of trace organic chemicals. Enzymes in the environment, 2016 more… BibTeX
  • Strübing, D.; Koch, K.; Drewes, J.: Biologische Methanisierung im Rieselbettverfahren. 44. Abwassertechnischen Seminar „Bedarfsgerechte Energiebereitstellung durch Kläranlagen als Baustein der Energiewende“ der TU München (Berichte aus der Siedlungswasserwirtschaft 214), 2016 more… BibTeX


Journal Articles

  • Huber, M., Welker, A., Drewes, J.E., Helmreich, B.: Auftausalze im Straßenwinterdienst – Aufkommen und Bedeutung für dezentrale Behandlungsanlagen von Verkehrsflächenabflüssen zur Versickerung. gwf Wasser/Abwasser 156 (11), 2015, 1138-1152 more… BibTeX
  • Regnery, J., Barringer, J., Wing, A.D., Hoppe-Jones, Ch., Teerlink, J., Drewes, J.E.: Start-up performance of a full-scale riverbank filtration site regarding removal of DOC, nutrients, and trace organic chemicals. Chemosphere 127, 2015, 136-142 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Vuono, D.C., Munakata-Marr, J., Spear, J.R., Drewes, J.E.: Disturbance opens recruitment sites for bacterial colonization in activated sludge. Environmental Microbiology, 2015 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )

Conference Papers

  • Lindenblatt, C., Drewes, J.E.: Vergleich der Deammonifikation in ein- und zweistufigen SBR-Anlagen. Industrietage Wassertechnik 2015, 201510.-11.11.2015 more… BibTeX

Conference Paper / Poster

  • Burkhardt, T., Grassmann, J., Drewes, J.E., Letzel, T.: Assessment of Cytochrome P450 reactions using real-time ESI-MS: A multiplex approach. ANAKON, 201523.-26.03.2015 more… BibTeX
  • Drewes, J.E.: A Novel Characterization Tool Using 3D-fluorescence To Facilitate Increased Recycled Water Recharge. IWA 10th International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse, 201505.-09.07.2015 more… BibTeX
  • Drewes, J.E., Hellauer, K., Müller, J., Regnery, J., Li, D., Hübner, U.: New Design Strategies for Managed Aquifer Recharge Systems and Biofiltration to Enhance Removal of Trace Organic Chemicals. Departmental Seminar. Department of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering, 201518.09.2015 more… BibTeX
  • Drewes, J.E., Horstmeyer, N., Hübner, U.: Advances in Water Reclamation Technologies and Reuse. 3rd IWA Water Research Conference, 201511.-14.01.2015 more… BibTeX
  • Horstmeyer, N., Drewes, J.E.: Alternative Energy-Efficient Treatment Schemes For Potable Water Reuse. Evides Industriewater WWTP Harnaschpolder, 201526.08.2015 more… BibTeX
  • Michel, P., Khan, S.J.,Drewes, J.E.: Optimised Decision Making Framework for Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade and Operation. Emerging pollutants and multiple stressors in aquatic ecosystems, 2015EDA-EMERGE PhD student conference more… BibTeX
  • Regnery, J., Li, D., Roberts, S., Higgins, C., Sharp, J., Drewes, J.E.: Linking trace organic chemical attenuation to the metabolic capabilities of the microbiome in complex environments: Insights from laboratory- und full-scale managed aquifer recharge systems. 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting, 201516.-20.08.2015 more… BibTeX


Journal Articles

  • Alidina, M., Li, D., Ouf, M., Drewes, J.E.: Role of primary substrate composition and concentration on attenuation of trace organic chemicals in managed aquifer recharge systems. Journal of Environmental Management 144, 2014, 58-66 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Dahm, K.G., Guerra, K.L., Munakata-Marr, J., Drewes, J.E.: Trends in water quality variability for coalbed methane produced water. Journal of Cleaner Production 84, 2014, 840-848 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Dandikas, V., Heuwinkel, H., Lichti, F., Drewes, J.E., Koch, K.: Correlation between biogas yield and chemical composition of energy crops. Bioresource Technology 174, 2014, 316-320 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Drewes, J.E., Li, D., Regnery, J., Alidina, M., Wing, A., Hoppe-Jones, C.: Tuning the performance of a natural treatment process using metagenomics for improved trace organic chemical attenuation. Water Science & Technology 69 (3), 2014, 628-633 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Parsekian, A.D., Regnery, J., Wing, A.D., Knight, R., Drewes, J.E.: Geophysical and Hydrochemical Identification of Flow Paths with Implications for Water Quality at an ARR Site. Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation 34 (3), 2014, 105-116 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )

Conference Paper / Poster

  • Alidina, M., Regnery, J., Drewes, J.E.: Informed design for optimal removal of CECs in MAR systems using parameter based decay constants. IWA Leading Edge Technology Conference, 201429.05.2014 more… BibTeX
  • Alidina, M., Shewchuk, J., Drewes, J.E.: Temperature effects on attenuation of chemicals of emerging concern in simulated managed aquifer recharge. OWWA/OMWA Joint Annual Conference, 201405.05.2014 more… BibTeX
  • Drewes, J.E.: Elimination von Mikroverunreinigungen in den USA und Australien. Umweltcluster Bayern, Arbeitskreis Mikroverunreinigungen, 201408.12.2014 more… BibTeX
  • Drewes, J.E.: Entfernung organischer Spurenstoffe - Untersuchungen alternativer Verfahren für Kläranlagen. Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz, 201418.07.2014 more… BibTeX
  • Drewes, J.E.: Regulatory framework for water reuse in groundwater recharge. IWA World Congress, 201423.09.2014 more… BibTeX
  • Vuono, D., Regnery, J., Holloway, R., Li, D., Jones, Z., Drewes, J.E.: Diversity, dynamics and function of active microbial populations in batch-fed activated sludge treatment systems. International Society of Microbiology Conference, 201429.-31.08.2014 more… BibTeX
  • Weißbach, M., Leix, C., Koch, K., Drewes, J.E., Berger, C., Thaler, K., Haisch, C., Nießner, R.: Emissions from wastewater treatment plants – a novel technique for online monitoring of nitrous oxide. IWA Conference on Activated Sludge - 100 Years and Counting, 201412.-14.06.2014 more… BibTeX


Conference Paper / Poster

  • Drewes, J.E., Li, D., Alidina, M., Regnery, J., Sharp, J.O., Müller, L.: Tuning the microbial community in biologically-active filters for enhanced trace organic chemical removal. Seminar, Eawag, 201317.10.2013 more… BibTeX
  • Lindenblatt, C., Drewes, J.E.: Deammonifikation - Energieeffiziente Zentratbehandlung. GFW Seminar „Energy efficiency of wastwater treatment plants - sources of savings“, 201305.-07.11.2013 more… BibTeX
  • Roa-Garduno, P., Kaindl, S., Drewes, J.E., Cath, T.: Towards point-of-entry water treatment for potable reuse. 9th International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse, 201327.-31.10.2013 more… BibTeX