Prof. Dirk Weuster-Botz

Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Weuster-Botz conducts research and education in the technical aspects of biochemical reaction applications for industrial biotechnology. His research focuses on new bioreactors and biocatalytic processes, as well as efficient utilization of microorganisms as cell factories.

After studying chemical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, Professor Weuster-Botz received a doctorate from the Research Center in Jülich and became a professor at RWTH, the Technical University in Aachen. He became a full professor for bioprocess engineering at the TU in Munich. Professor Weuster-Botz publishes the journal Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering and is active as a select researcher in bioprocess engineering in the German Research Foundation (DFG - Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft). 


  • Berufung zum Direktor des Instituts für Biotechnologie an das Forschungszentrum Jülich und zum Universitätsprofessor für Biotechnologie an die Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (2006)
  • Nominierung für den Philip Morris-Forschungspreis (1998)
  • Berufung zum Universitätsprofessor für Bioverfahrenstechnik an die TU Chemnitz (1998)

Key Publications

Hölsch K, Weuster-Botz D: “Enantioselective reduction of prochiral ketones by engineered bifunctional fusion proteins”. Biotechnol Appl Biochem. 2010; 56: 131-140.

Hortsch R, Stratmann A, Weuster-Botz D: “New millilitre-scale stirred tank bioreactors for the cultivation of mycelium forming microorganisms”. Biotechnol Bioeng. 2010; 106: 443-451.

Weuster-Botz D, Puskeiler R, Kusterer A, Kaufmann K, John G, Arnold M: “Methods and milliliter scale devices for high-throughput bioprocess design”. Bioproc Biosys Eng. 2005; 28: 109-119.

Pfründer H, Amidjojo A, Kragl U, Weuster-Botz D: “Efficient whole cell biotransformation in a biphasic ionic liquid/water system”. Angew Chem Int Ed. 2004; 43: 4529-4531.

Schäfer U, Boos W, Takors R, Weuster-Botz D: “Automated sampling device for monitoring intracellular metabolite dynamics”. Anal Biochem. 1999; 270: 88-96.