1996 …2024

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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