Personal profile

Research interests

I was appointed as Reader (equivalent to docent in Denmark; full professor in the USA; professor in Germany) in 2016 at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath. What research and innovation am I interested in? 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.

By the way, I am Hungarian, 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 PhD

As for PhD fellowships, I was the lead supervisor of six 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. 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;
  2. Dorottya Wágner (2013-2016): Used water resource recovery using green microalgae – experiments and modelling; Subsequent position: post-doctor at Aalborg University, Denmark
  3. Pedram Ramin (2013-2016): Modelling illicit drug fate in sewers for wastewater-based epidemiology; Subsequent position: post-doctor at DTU;
  4. Fabio Polesel (2012-2015): Modelling the fate of Xenobiotic Pharmaceutical residues via Wastewater Treatment and agricultural resource reuse; Subsequent position: post-doctor at DTU;
  5. 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;
  6. 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

Biochemical engineering, Master in Science

1 Sep 19931 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, VERI/Anjou Recherche - R&D Centre, VEOLIA Environnement, France

4 Aug 200430 Sep 2006

Visiting PhD student, Clemson University

1 Sep 19991 Jan 2000

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Research Output 2000 2018

A systematic model identification method for chemical and biochemical transformation pathways – the case of heroin biomarkers in wastewater

Ramin, P., Valverde-Pérez, B., Polesel, F., Locatelli, L. & Plosz, B. 24 Aug 2017 In : Scientific Reports. 7, 1, 9390

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

identification method
uncertainty analysis

Calibration of the comprehensive NDHA-N2O dynamics model for nitrifier-enriched biomass using targeted respirometric assays

Domingo-Félez, C., Calderó-pascual, M., Sin, G., Plósz, B. G. & Smets, B. F. 1 Dec 2017 In : Water Research. 126, p. 29-39

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dissolved oxygen
dissolved oxygen

Development and Validation of a Novel Monitoring System for Batch Flocculant Solids Settling Process

Plosz, B. & Valverde-Pérez, B. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Antimony Potassium Tartrate
Butylene Glycols
1 Citations

Diffusion and sorption of trace organic micropollutants in biofilm with varying thickness

Torresi, E., Polesel, F., Bester, K., Christensson, M., Smets, B. F., Trapp, S., Andersen, H. R. & Plosz, B. G. 15 Oct 2017 In : Water Research. 123, p. 388-400

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Enantiomeric profiling of chiral illicit drugs in a pan-European study

Castrignano, E. , Yang, Z. , Bade, R. , Baz-Lomba, J. A. , Castiglioni, S. , Causanilles, A. , Covaci, A. , Gracia-Lor, E. , Hernandez, F. , Kinyua, J. , McCall, A-K. , van Nuijs, A. L. N. , Ort, C. , Plosz, B. , Ramin, P. , Rousis, N. I. , Ryu, Y. , Thomas, K. V. , de Voogt, P. , Zuccato, E. & 1 others Kasprzyk-Hordern, B. 1 Dec 2017 In : Water Research. 130, p. 151-160 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

spatial variation