Department Process Engineering

Process Engineering

The research focus of the Process Engineering Department (ENG) ranges from current and future wastewater and drinking water treatment problems, as well as water pollution control and resource reuse. Our long-term goal is to develop sustainable concepts of the water and nutrient cycle in residential areas.

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September 11, 2018

Wastewater smells foul and is full of pathogens. For these reasons it is usually removed and disposed of quickly. The out-of-sight-out-of-mind strategy is, however, costly and opportunities are lost. At Eawag’s Info Day, experts in practice come together with researchers who are seeking new answers – for example, on how nutrients or heat can be recovered from wastewater. Read more

September 7, 2018

Eawag has a long history of innovation in the field of source separation technology. To understand this history, its collaborations and contexts, the directorate engaged historian Luke Keogh. His work resulted in the recently published “Flows of Science”, an intimate story of scientists at work. Read more

Water Hub: new movie!


Rittmann, B. E.; Boltz, J. P.; Brockmann, D.; Daigger, G. T.; Morgenroth, E.; Helleshøj Sørensen, K.; Takács, I.; van Loosdrecht, M.; Vanrolleghem, P. A. (2018) A framework for good biofilm reactor modeling practice (GBRMP), Water Science and Technology, 77(5), 1149-1164, doi:10.2166/wst.2018.021, Institutional Repository
Corominas, L.; Garrido-Baserba, M.; Villez, K.; Olsson, G.; Cortés, U.; Poch, M. (2018) Transforming data into knowledge for improved wastewater treatment operation: a critical review of techniques, Environmental Modelling and Software, 106, 89-103, doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.11.023, Institutional Repository
Derlon, N.; Layer, M.; Morgenroth, E.; Adler, A.; Gelb, A.; Holliger, C. (2018) Boues granulaires aérobies. État de l'art de la recherche actuelle et future, Aqua & Gas, 98(1), 14-19, Institutional Repository
Desmond, P.; Best, J. P.; Morgenroth, E.; Derlon, N. (2018) Linking composition of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) to the physical structure and hydraulic resistance of membrane biofilms, Water Research, 132, 211-221, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2017.12.058, Institutional Repository
Hagemann, N.; Spokas, K.; Schmidt, H.-P.; Kägi, R.; Böhler, M. A.; Bucheli, T. D. (2018) Activated carbon, biochar and charcoal: linkages and synergies across pyrogenic carbon's ABCs, Water, 10(2), 182, doi:10.3390/w10020182, Institutional Repository
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Research Projects

By recovering nutrients from urine, we develop a sanitation system, which produces a valuable fertiliser
We develop reactors for the separate treatment of urine, feces and water directly in the toilet.
Inadequate access to microbiologically safe drinking water continuously threatens the health and well-being of more than a billion people, primarily in developing countries