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Prof. Dr. Jörg E. Drewes

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research interests of Professor Drewes lie in the development of sustainable urban water systems for future generations. These systems include energy recovery from waste streams, membrane hybrid processes, engineered natural treatment systems, in particular groundwater recharge, water recycling and the fate and transport of emerging trace organic chemicals in the aqueous environment. His research work is conducted using laboratory and full-scale systems in close collaboration with water and waste water utilities and plant manufacturers.
Professor Drewes studied environmental engineering at TU Berlin from 1987 to 1992. He received his PhD from the same university in 1997 before going on to pursue an academic career in the USA. Funded by a German Research Foundation (DFG) grant, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University (ASU). In 1999 he was promoted to serve as associate director of the National Center for Sustainable Water Supply (NCSWS). In 2001 he joined the faculty at Colorado School of Mines as an assistant professor. He was subsequently promoted to associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2010. In 2013, he was appointed professor at TUM.


  • Fellow, International Water Association (IWA) (2018)
  • American Water Works Association Rocky Mountain Section Outstanding Research Award, USA (2007)
  • Dr. Nevis Cook Graduate Teaching Award, Colorado School of Mines, USA (2003)
  • Quentin Mees Research Award for outstanding water-related environmental research in the State of Arizona, USA (1999)
  • Willy-Hager Award for outstanding research in the field of water and wastewater treatment, Germany (1997)

Key Publications (all publications)

Miklos DB, Remy C, Jekel M, Linden KG, Drewes JE, Hübner U: "Evaluation of advanced oxidation processes for water and wastewater treatment - A critical review". Water Research. 2018; 139: 118-131.


Hering JG, Waite TD, Luthy RG, Drewes JE, Sedlak DL: „A changing framework for urban water systems". Environmental Science and Technology. 47(19): 10721-10726.


Li D, Sharp  JO, Saikaly PE, Ali S, Alidina M, Alarawi M, Keller S, Hoppe-Jones C, Drewes JE: “Dissolved Organic Carbon Influences Microbial Community Composition and Diversity in Geographically Distinct Managed Aquifer Recharge Systems”. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2012; 78(19): 6819-6828.


Dickenson ERV, Drewes JE, Sedlak DL, Wert E, Snyder SA: „Applying Surrogates and Indicators to Assess Removal Efficiency of Trace Organic Chemicals during Chemical Oxidation of Wastewater”. Environmental Science and Technology. 2009; 43(16): 6242-6247.


Bellona C, Drewes JE, Xu P, Amy G: “Factors affecting the rejection of organic solutes during NF/RO treatment – A literature review”. Water Research. 2004; 38(12): 2795-2809.