Mark van Loosdrecht is professor of Environmental Biotechnology in the Biotechnology Department of the Delft University of Technology. His research focus is on Microbial Ecology and how it can be used in the design of new processes for wastewater treatment and waste-to-product processes.

He is the driving force behind the success of the aerobic granular sludge technology.

research interest

Biofilm processes, conversion of nitrogen compounds and phosphate and microbial polymer production.

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Professor of Environmental Biotechnology in the Biotechnology Department of the Delft University of Technology


PhD Microbiology, Wageningen University
MSc Environmental Engineering, Wageningen University


Applied Sciences


Key publications:

  • van der Star, W.R.L., Abma, W.R., Blommers, D., Mulder, J.-W., Tokutomi, T., Strous, M., Picioreanu, C., van Loosdrecht, M.C.M. Startup of reactors for anoxic ammonium oxidation: Experiences from the first full-scale anammox reactor in Rotterdam (2007) Water Research, 41 (18), pp. 4149-4163.
  • De Kreuk, M.K., Heijnen, J.J., Van Loosdrecht, M.C.M. Simultaneous COD, nitrogen, and phosphate removal by aerobic granular sludge (2005) Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 90 (6), pp. 761-769.
  • Van Loosdrecht, M.C.M., Heijnen, J.J., Eberl, H., Kreft, J., Picioreanu, C. Mathematical modelling of biofilm structures (2002) Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology, 81 (1-4), pp. 245-256.
  • Van Loosdrecht, M.C.M., Eikelboom, D., Gjaltema, A., Mulder, A., Tijhuis, L., Heijnen, J.J.
    Biofilm structures (1995) Water Science and Technology, 32 (8), pp. 35-43.
  • Van Loosdrecht, M.C.M., Lyklema, J., Norde, W., Zehnder, A.J.B. Influence of interfaces on microbial activity (1990) Microbiological Reviews, 54 (1), pp. 75-87.

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