Water is one of the most important resources worldwide. However, the diverse use of water for irrigation, industrial processes and as drinking water leads to a considerable degradation of water quality. Too often, water with its unique properties as a solvent becomes a mobile waste deposit or a means of transportation. Fortunately, the water used in this way is subject to purification in the natural water cycle and can usually be reused. In recent decades, however, the natural water cycle has become increasingly overburdened and the possibility of reuse is limited by water quality. Technologically, reuse directly after water use and treatment can be shortened without the detour via the natural water cycle. However, this will only succeed if we understand the underlying transport processes and the associated biotic and abiotic conversions. This is exactly what the staff of the institute is working on in numerous projects, which you can find on the following pages.
H2Mare LeitprojektBMBF
We are hiring scientific staff (m/f/d)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is promoting green hydrogen as the future's sustainable energy source as well as platform chemical (H2Mare initiative). In oder to investigate the sea water electrolysis in detail, we are hiring scientific staff (m/f/d).

Advanced Biofilm CourseEBI
Advanced Biofilm Course 2021 canceled

Due to uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of the Avanced Biofilm Course (Harald Horn, Thomas Neu, Cristian Picioreanu, Michael Kühl) decided to cancel the ABC 2021. We are convinced that it will be possible to organize this hands-on course in 2022 at KIT. Please check this website frequently for latest updates.

Verleihung des Umweltpreises an Philip BrownEBI
Philip Brown receives the 2020 Sparkassen Environmental Award

For his PhD thesis on the fate of antibiotic resistance downstream of a municipal wastewater treatment plant effluent: Impact of antibiotics and particulate matter from wastewater discharges on the abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in river sediments.

Link to the thesis
Corona Viren gelangen über Abwasser in kommunale KläranlagenHorn
SARS-CoV-2 pathogens enter municipal sewage treatment plants via domestic wastewater

An article in Nature Sustainability discusses the issue of reassessing water reuse in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Link to the article