Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg E. Drewes

Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering

Technical University of Munich, Am Coulombwall 3, 85478 Garching, Germany



Tel. +49 (0)89 289-13713

Jörg Drewes

Chair Professor of Urban Water Systems Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. Before joining TUM in 2013, he served as Full Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, USA (2001-2013). Professor Drewes’ research and scholarly activities are closely related based on the common theme of energy efficient water treatment systems and water recycling.

Dr. Drewes has published more than 400 journal papers, book contributions, and conference proceedings (h-index of 42). He served on multiple science advisory panels and chaired blue ribbon panels on topics related to public health, engineering, and reliability of water reuse projects in the U.S., Australia and the EU. In 2008 and 2013, he was appointed to the U.S. National Academies/National Research Council Committees on Water Reuse as an Approach for Meeting Future Water Supply Needs (2008-2012) and Onsite Reuse of Graywater and Stormwater (2013-2015), respectively. He also serves on the Research Advisory Council of the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (Alexandria, VA) and on the State of California’s expert panel on direct potable reuse and as chair of the International Water Association Water Reuse Specialist Group.


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Relevant publications:

Alidina, M., Li, D., Drewes, J.E. (2014). Investigating the Role for Adaptation of the Microbial Community to Transform Trace Organic Chemicals during Managed Aquifer Recharge. Water Research 56, 172-180.

Regnery, J., Wing, A., Kautz, J., Drewes, J.E. (2016). Introducing sequential managed aquifer recharge technology (SMART) – From laboratory to full-scale application. Chemosphere 154, 8-16.

Müller, J., Drewes, J.E., Hübner, U. (2017). Sequential biofiltration – a novel approach for enhanced biological removal of trace organic chemicals from wastewater treatment plant effluent. Water Research 127, 127-138.

Hellauer, K., Karakurt, S., Sperlich, A., Burke, V., Massmann, G., Hübner, U., Drewes, J.E. (2018). Implementation of Sequential Managed Aquifer Recharge Technology (SMART) in Berlin for Enhanced Removal of Trace Organic Chemicals of Concern. J. Hydrology 563, 1161-1168.

Hellauer, K., Uhl, J., Lucio, M., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., Wibberg, D., Hübner, U., Drewes, J.E. (2018). Microbiome triggered transformations of trace organic chemicals in the presence of effluent organic matter in managed aquifer recharge (MAR) systems. Environmental Science & Technology 52(24), 14342-14351.