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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October 22, 2018

Even though the water we’ve used for washing our hands is barely contaminated, it usually disappears down the drain, never to be used again. A newly developed system allows handwashing water to be recycled, thus not only saving water, but also helping to prevent infectious diseases in developing countries. Read more

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

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Publications

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