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Research interests

Here comes an incomplete list:

  • assessing the fate of trace organic chemicals in urban water systems (pharma, drug biomarkers),
  • computational fluid dynamics of bioengineered water systems, and
  • biogeochemical used-water resource recovery.

These areas, of course, are related to what I have been doing between 2009 and 2017, working as an associate professor in bioprocess modelling at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Through the past decade, I also had the honour to collaborate with numerous researchers as partner, notably, in four EU projects – FP6-INNOWATECH (2006-2010; developing innovative biofilm systems for water treatment), FP7-E4WATER (2012-2016; Modelling microalgae cultivation in photobioreactors for usedwater resource recovery), FP7-SEWPROF (2012-2016; wastewater-based epidemiological engineering to assess drug abuse in urban areas), FP7-MERMAID (2013-2017; Biogeochemical enhancement of biofilm systems for pharmaceutical removal in wastewater) and as associated partner in FP7-SANITAS (2012-2016; Modelling trace pharmaceutical removal in wastewater treatment). I was also the Danish representative in the management board of the European COST action focusing on sewage biomarker analysis.

I am Hungarian, and hold a PhD in Chemical Engineering, MSc in Bioengineering (both from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics). Before moving to Denmark, I was a research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research in Oslo (4 years) and an industrial Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctor in France (2 fantastic years and a few more months).

Willing to supervise doctoral students

As for PhD fellowships, I was the lead supervisor of seven PhD students and another six students as co-supervisor at DTU, and have basic and advanced pedagogical training in PhD supervision from DTU, Denmark.

Additionally, I supervised three post-doctors, and numerous MSc and BSc thesis projects at DTU (Duration of projects: 5-6 months) and at University of Bath (Duration of MEng/BSc projects: 3 months).




PhD students (as lead supervisor) 

  1. Yuge Qiu (2018-present day): Climate change adaptation and mitigation in urban water treatment systems - modelling stormflow conditions and greenhouse gas emission.
  2. Elena Torresi (2014-2017): Removal of micropollutants in Moving Bed Biofilm reactor (MBBR)—microbial diversity and function relationships; Subsequent position: post-doctor at Krüger-VEOLIA, Denmark;
  3. Dorottya Wágner (2013-2016): Used water resource recovery using green microalgae – experiments and modelling; Subsequent position: post-doctor at Aalborg University, Denmark
  4. Pedram Ramin (2013-2016): Modelling illicit drug fate in sewers for wastewater-based epidemiology; Subsequent position: post-doctor at DTU;
  5. Fabio Polesel (2012-2015): Modelling the fate of Xenobiotic Pharmaceutical residues via Wastewater Treatment and agricultural resource reuse; Subsequent position: post-doctor at DTU;
  6. Borja Valverde Peréz (2012-2015) Wastewater resource recovery via the Enhanced  Biological Phosphorus Removal and Recovery (EBP2R) process coupled with green microalgae cultivation; Subsequent position: post-doctor at DTU;
  7. Elham Ramin (2010-2014) Modelling of secondary sedimentation under wet-weather and filamentous bulking conditions; Subsequent position: Eng. consultant: Grontmij, DKS.

 PhD students (as co-supervisor): 

  1. Ma Yunjie (2015-2018) Sino-Danish Fund; Lead supervisor: Prof. Barth F. Smets
  2. Yen Nguyen@UNL (2013-2016) MERMAID-EU; Lead supervisor: Prof. Adrian Oehmen, NU Lisbon, Portugal
  3. Sara Ekström (2014–2017) LAGAS; Lead supervisor: Prof. Barth F. Smets
  4. Carlos Domingo-Felez (2014 – 2017) LAGAS; Lead supervisor: Prof. Barth F. Smets
  5. Laura Snip@DTU/Chem. Eng. Dpt. (2012 – 2015; defense: 8 Jun, 2015) SANITAS-EU-FP7; Lead supervisor: Prof. Krist V. Gernaey
  6. Malcolm Reid@NIVA (2009-2015): PHARMATREAT; Lead supervisor: Dr. Kevin V. Thomas;


Post-doctoral fellowships (as lead supervisor) 

  1. Borja Valverde Peréz (2016-2017): QBIOMAX;
  2. Fabio Polesel (2016-2017): NANOWASTE;
  3. Pau Prat (2012-2014): REFA;


MSc thesis projects: total: 16; as lead supervisor: 13 

2016   (1) Clarissa Cazzaniga (ASM-A – Experiments and modelling); Zhang Xueqian (sensor for soft solid settling)

2015 (1) Saverio Conti (Denitrifying biofilm, molecular analysis); (2) Andreas Libonatti (reactive sewer modelling; ASM-X); (3) Michael Steidl (green microalge, S::CAN sensor); (4) Petroula Seridou (primary/secondary metabolism, denitrifying biofilm);

2014   (1) Luca Loreggian (ASM-X-biofilm); (2) Estelle Guyonvarch (CFD-SST); (3) Linda Fang (LCA-TRENS); (4) Marta B. de la Sotilla (TRENS-ASM-A); (5) Jose M. Fuentes Martinez (process control–TRENS);

2013   (1) Dorottya Wágner (qFisH–SST); (2) Mariann Sæbø (ASM-A);


BSc thesis projects; as lead supervisor: 4 

2017 (1) Yuka Li (settling sensor), Rica Qiu (plant-wide modelling of Microtrix p.), Chris Griffin (CFD of settling sensor);   

2015   (1) Maria Radovici (Bioflocculation of microalgae)

Education/Academic qualification

Biochemical engineering, Doctor of Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

2 Sep 199821 Jun 2004

Award Date: 21 Jun 2004

Biochemical engineering, Master in Science

1 Sep 19931 Sep 1998

Award Date: 1 Sep 1998

External positions

Associate professor, Technical University of Denmark

1 Jan 201030 Oct 2016

Research Scientist, Norwegian Institute for Water Research

1 Oct 200628 Apr 2010

Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellow, Anjou Recherche-Veolia Water

4 Aug 200430 Sep 2006

Visiting PhD student, Clemson University

1 Sep 19991 Jan 2000


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