Research for the Environment

Dr. Arndt Wießner

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Environmental Biotechnology
Permoserstraße 15
D-04318 Leipzig, Germany

Telefon: 0341 235-1767
Fax: 0341 235-1471

arndt.wiessner@ufz.de

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Dipl.- Ing. (processing technology)/ IHS Köthen (1975-79), Ph. D. (biotechnology)/ Humboldt Univ. Berlin (1991)

Scientist at the Institut of Biotechnology, Leipzig, Acad. of Science of GDR (1979-91)

Scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany (since 1992), Dept. Bioremediation, Group Phytoremediation.

Research Topics

  • redox processes in the rhizosphere of treatment wetlands
  • oxygen release by roots of helophytes
  • carbon, nitrogen, sulphur cycles in treatment wetlands
  • arsenics and heavy metal removal from water using treatment wetlands
  • treatment of AMD (acid mine trainage) in wetlands

Publications

  • Braeckevelt, M., Mirschel, G., Wießner, A., Rückert, M., Reiche, N., Vogt, C., Schultz, A., Paschke, H., Kuschk, P., Kästner, M., (2008):
    Treatment of chlorobenzene-contaminated groundwater in a pilot-scale constructed wetland
    Ecol. Eng. 33 (1), 45 - 53
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  • Braeckevelt, M., Reiche, N., Trapp, S., Wiessner, A., Paschke, H., Kuschk, P., Kästner, M., (2011):
    Chlorobenzene removal efficiencies and removal processes in a pilot-scale constructed wetland treating contaminated groundwater
    Ecol. Eng. 37 (6), 903 - 913
    full text (url)
  • Buddhawong, S., Kuschk, P., Mattusch, J., Wießner, A., Stottmeister, U., (2005):
    Removal of arsenic and zinc using different laboratory model wetland systems
    Eng. Life Sci. 5 (3), 247 - 252
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  • Gonzalias, A.E., Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Jank, M., Kästner, M., Köser, H., (2007):
    Treatment of an artificial sulphide containing wastewater in subsurface horizontal flow laboratory-scale constructed wetlands
    Ecol. Eng. 31 (4), 259 - 268
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  • Gruber, H., Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Kästner, M., Appenroth, K.-J., (2008):
    Physiological responses of Juncus effusus (rush) to chromium and relevance for wastewater treatment in constructed wetlands
    Int. J. Phytoremediat. 10 (2), 79 - 90
    full text (url)
  • Kappelmeyer, U., Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Kästner, M., (2001):
    Planted fixed bed reactor - a universal test system for constructed wetlands
    ISEB-Meeting 2001, "Phytoremediation", Topic 3: Wastewater treatment, Leipzig, 15.-17.5.2001
    p. 33
  • Kappelmeyer, U., Kuschk, P., Wiessner, A., Kästner, M., (2001):
    Planted fixed bed reactor - A universal test system for constructed wetlands
    In: Leeson, A., Foote, E., Banks, K., Magar, V.S., (eds.)
    Phytoremediation, wetlands, and sediments. 6th International In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium, San Diego, California, USA, 4.-7.6.2001
    Battelle Press, Columbus, OH, p. 337 - 344
  • Kappelmeyer, U., Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Kästner, M., (2002):
    Operation of a universal test unit for planted soil filters – Planted Fixed Bed Reactor
    Eng. Life Sci. 2 (10), 311 - 315
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  • Kappelmeyer, U., Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Kästner, M., (2001):
    Planted Fixed Bed Reactor - eine universelle Testeinheit für bewachsene Bodenfilter
    Chem. Ing. Tech. 73 (11), 1472 - 1477
    full text (url)
  • Kosolapow, D.B., Kuschk, P., Vainshtein, M., Vatsourina, A., Wießner, A., Kästner, M., Müller, R.A., (2004):
    Microbial processes of heavy metal removal from carbon-deficient effluents in constructed wetlands
    Eng. Life Sci. 4 (5), 403 - 411
    full text (url)
  • Kuschk, P., Braun, P., Möder, M., Wießner, A., Müller, J., Kästner, M., Müller, R.A., (2003):
    Elimination von Nonylphenolen und Bisphenol A in Teich- und Pflanzenkläranlagen
    GWF Wasser, Abwasser 144 (4), 297 - 301
  • Kuschk, P., Stottmeister, U., Liu, Y.J., Wiessner, A., Kästner, M., Müller, R.A., (2010):
    Batch methanogenic fermentation experiments of wastewater from a brown coal low-temperature coke plant
    J. Environ. Sci. 22 (2), 192 - 197
    full text (url)
  • Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., (2003):
    Abwasserbehandlung in Pflanzenkläranlagen
    Biotechnologie zur Umweltentlastung
    Teubner-Reihe Umwelt
    Teubner, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Wiesbaden, S. 182 - 192
  • Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Buddhawong, S., Stottmeister, U., Kästner, M., (2006):
    Effectiveness of differently designed small-scale constructed wetlands to decrease the acidity of acid mine drainage under field conditions
    Eng. Life Sci. 6 (4), 394 - 398
    full text (url)
  • Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Kappelmeyer, U., Weißbrodt, E., Kästner, M., Stottmeister, U., (2003):
    Annual cycle of nitrogen removal by a pilot-scale subsurface horizontal flow in a constructed wetland under moderate climate
    Water Res. 37 (17), 4236 - 4242
    full text (url)
  • Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Kästner, M., Müller, R.A., Münch, C., Paredes, D., (2008):
    Pflanzenkläranlagen - Zukunftspotenzial und Forschungsbedarf
    Chem. Ing. Tech. 80 (12), 1785 - 1793
    full text (url)
  • Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Kossolapov, D.B., Kappelmeyer, U., Stottmeister, U., (2001):
    Experimental strategies to investigate the influence of helophytes on the redox reactions in their rhizosphere
    ISEB-Meeting 2001, "Phytoremediation", Topic 3: Wastewater treatment, Leipzig, 15.-17.5.2001
    p. 15
  • Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Martius, G., Weißbrodt, E., Stottmeister, U., (1994):
    Untersuchungen zur Sanierung wäßriger Altlasten der Braunkohlepyrolyseindustrie
    Energieanwendung, Energie- und Umwelttechnik 43 (8), 309 - 312
  • Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Stottmeister, U., (1999):
    Biological processes in wetland systems for wastewater treatment
    In: Winter, J., (ed.)
    Biotechnology Vol. 11a. Environmental processes I. Wastewater treatment
    Wiley-VCH, New York, Heidelberg, Berlin, p. 241 - 251
  • Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Weißbrodt, E., Stottmeister, U., (2001):
    Annual cycle of nitrogen removal in a pilot-scale horizontal flow constructed wetland
    ISEB-Meeting 2001, "Phytoremediation", Topic 3: Wastewater treatment, Leipzig, 15.-17.5.2001
    p. 89
  • Kuschk, P., Wiessner, A., Seeger, E.M., Kästner, M., Kappelmeyer, U., Paredes, D., Shtemenko, N.I., (2012):
    The status of research on constructed wetlands
    In: Vitale, K., (ed.)
    Environmental and food safety and security for South-East Europe and Ukraine. Proceedings NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Environmental and Food Security for South-East Europe and Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, 17-19 May 2011
    NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security
    Springer, Dordrecht, p. 155 - 171
    full text (url)
  • Martius, G.G.S., Wießner, A., Stottmeister, U., (1996):
    Degradation efficiency and molecular size alteration during the aerobic microbial treatment of lignite pyrolysis deposit water
    Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 45 (5), 692 - 699
    full text (url)
  • Rahman, K.Z., Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Mattusch, J., Kästner, M., Müller, R.A., (2008):
    Dynamics of arsenic species in laboratory-scale horizontal subsurface-flow constructed wetlands treating an artificial wastewater
    Eng. Life Sci. 8 (6), 603 - 611
    full text (url)
  • Rahman, K.Z., Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Mattusch, J., Offelder, A., Kästner, M., Müller, R.A., (2008):
    Redox dynamics of arsenic species in the root-near environment of Juncus effusus investigated in a macro-gradient-free rooted gravel bed reactor
    Eng. Life Sci. 8 (6), 612 - 621
    full text (url)
  • Rahmann, K.Z., Wiessner, A., Kuschk, P., van Afferden, M., Mattusch, J., Müller, R.A., (2011):
    Fate and distribution of arsenic in laboratory-scale subsurface horizontal-flow constructed wetlands treating an artificial wastewater
    Ecol. Eng. 37 (8), 1214 - 1224
    full text (url)
  • Stottmeister, U., Buddhawong, S., Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Mattusch, J., (2006):
    Constructed wetlands and their performance for treatment of water contaminated with arsenic and heavy metals
    In: Twardowska, I., Allen, H.E., Häggblom, M.H., (eds.)
    Soil and water pollution monitoring, protection and remediation
    NATO Science Series IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences 69
    Springer, Dordrecht, p. 417 - 432
  • Stottmeister, U., Kuschk, P., Weißbrodt, E., Becker, P.M., Martius, G., Wießner, A., (1997):
    Ökotechnische Sanierungsstrategien für carbonchemische Altlasten
    Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsregion Leipzig-Halle: Regionale Festschrift zum Deutschen Ingenieurtag 1997 in Leipzig
    VDI Bezirksverein, Leipzig, S. 125 - 128
  • Stottmeister, U., Kuschk, P., Weißbrodt, E., Martius, G., Wießner, A., Becker, P.M., Kopinke, F.-D., Pörschmann, J., Eismann, F., (1997):
    Altlasten aus der Carbochemie im mitteldeutschen Raum: Dimensionen, Besonderheiten und Sanierungsstrategien
    In: Bayer, E., Ballschmiter, K., Behret, H., Frimmel, F., Merz, W., Obst, U., (Hrsg.)
    Umwelt und Chemie. Umwelttagung 1996
    GDCh-Monographien 8
    Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Frankfurt/Main, S. 185 - 199
  • Stottmeister, U., Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Weißbrodt, E., Martius, G., Becker, P.M., Eismann, F., Kotte, H., (1997):
    Altlastenprobleme der Carbochemie in Nordwestsachsen: Entstehung, Ausmaß und erste Sanierungskonzepte
    In: Knorr, C., von Schell, T., (Hrsg.)
    Mikrobieller Schadstoffabbau: ein interdisziplinärer Ansatz
    Vieweg, Wiesbaden, S. 357 - 375
  • Stottmeister, U., Kuschk, P., Wiessner, A., (2010):
    Full-scale bioremediation and long-term monitoring of a phenolic wastewater disposal lake
    Pure Appl. Chem. 82 (1), 161 - 173
    full text (url)
  • Stottmeister, U., Weißbrodt, E., Becker, P.M., Pörschmann, J., Kopinke, F.-D., Martius, G., Wießner, A., Kennedy, C., (1998):
    Analysis, behaviour and fate of a lignite pyrolysis water deposit
    Contaminated Soil '98. Proceedings of the Sixth International FZK/TNO Conference on Contaminated Soil, 17 - 21 May 1998, Edinburgh, UK
    Telford Publishing, London, p. 113 - 121
  • Stottmeister, U., Weißbrodt, E., Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., (2008):
    Strategy development, full-scale bioremediation and long-term monitoring of a phenolic wastewater deposit lake from the carbochemical industry
    J. Biotechnol. 136 (Suppl. 1), S602 - S603
    full text (url)
  • Stottmeister, U., Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., (1998):
    Experimental determination of oxygen input into the rhizosphere by helophytes
    International Workshop Innovative Potentail of Advanced Biological Systems for Remediation, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, March 2-4, 1998
    p. 93 - 96
  • Stottmeister, U., Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Kappelmeyer, U., Kästner, M., Bederski, O., Müller, R.A., Moormann, H., (2003):
    Effects of plants and microorganisms in constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment
    Biotechnol. Adv. 22 (1-2), 93 - 117
    full text (url)
  • Vainshtein, M., Kuschk, P., Mattusch, J., Vatsourina, A., Wießner, A., (2003):
    Model experiments on the microbial removal of chromium from contaminated groundwater
    Water Res. 37 (6), 1401 - 1405
    full text (url)
  • Vatsouria, A., Vainshtein, M., Kuschk, P., Wießner, A., Kosolapov, D., Kästner, M., (2005):
    Anaerobic co-reduction of chromate and nitrate by bacterial cultures of Staphylococcus epidermidis L-02
    J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 32 (9), 409 - 414
    full text (url)
  • Wießner, A., (1994):
    Wachstum von Ectothiorhodispira shaposhnikovii und mikrobielle Oxidation anorganischer Schwefelverbindungen im Hinblick auf die mikrobielle Reinigung H2S-belasteter Medien
    Bioengineering 10 (3), 21 - 27
  • Wießner, A., Gonzalias, A.E., Kästner, M., Kuschk, P., (2008):
    Effects of sulphur cycle processes on ammonia removal in a laboratory-scale constructed wetland planted with Juncus effusus
    Ecol. Eng. 34 (2), 162 - 167
    full text (url)
  • Wießner, A., Kappelmeyer, U., Kuschk, P., Kästner, M., (2005):
    Sulphate reduction and the removal of carbon and ammonia in a laboratory-scale constructed wetland
    Water Res. 39 (19), 4643 - 4650
    full text (url)
  • Wießner, A., Kappelmeyer, U., Kuschk, P., Kästner, M., (2005):
    Influence of the redox condition dynamics on the removal efficiency of a laboratory-scale constructed wetland
    Water Res. 39 (1), 248 - 256
    full text (url)
  • Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Buddhawong, S., Stottmeister, U., Mattusch, J., Kästner, M., (2006):
    Effectiveness of various small-scale constructed wetland designs for the removal of iron and zinc from acid mine drainage under field conditions
    Eng. Life Sci. 6 (6), 584 - 592
    full text (url)
  • Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Jechorek, M., Seidel, H., Kästner, M., (2008):
    Sulphur transformation and deposition in the rhizosphere of Juncus effusus in a laboratory-scale constructed wetland
    Environ. Pollut. 155 (1), 125 - 131
    full text (url)
  • Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Kappelmeyer, U., Bederski, O., Müller, R.A., Kästner, M., (2006):
    Influence of helophytes on redox reactions in their rhizosphere
    In: Macková, M., Dowling, D.N., Macek, T., (eds.)
    Phytoremediation and rhizoremediation. Theoretical background
    Focus on Biotechnology 9A
    Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, p. 69 - 82
  • Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Kästner, M., Stottmeister, U., (2002):
    Abilities of helophyte species to release oxygen into rhizosphere with varying redox conditions in laboratory scale hydroponic systems
    Int. J. Phytoremediat. 4 (1), 1 - 15
    full text (url)
  • Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Martius, G., Eismann, F., Zehnsdorf, A., Weißbrodt, E., Stottmeister, U., (1994):
    Abbaubarkeit von Schadstoffen im Braunkohlepyrolyse-Altwasser
    Wasser Abwasser Praxis 3 (4), 44 - 48
  • Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Stottmeister, U., (2002):
    Oxygen release by roots of Typha latifolia and Juncus effusus in laboratory hydroponic systems
    Acta Biotechnol. 22 (1-2), 209 - 216
    full text (url)
  • Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Stottmeister, U., (2001):
    Investigations into oxygen release by the roots of helophyte plantlets in laboratory-scale hydroponic systems
    ISEB-Meeting 2001, "Phytoremediation", Topic 3: Wastewater treatment, Leipzig, 15.-17.5.2001
    p. 142
  • Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Stottmeister, U., Struckmann, D., Jank, M., (1999):
    Treating a lignite pyrolysis wastewater in a constructed subsurface flow wetland
    Water Res. 33 (5), 1296 - 1302
  • Wießner, A., Kuschk, P., Weißbrodt, E., Stottmeister, U., Pörschmann, J., Kopinke, F.-D., (1993):
    Charakterisierung des Wassers und des Sedimentes einer Braunkohle-Schwelwasserdeponie
    Wasser Abwasser Praxis 2 (6), 375 - 379
  • Wießner, A., Remmler, M., Kuschk, P., Stottmeister, U., (1998):
    The treatment of a deposited lignite pyrolysis wastewater by adsorption using activated carbon and activated coke
    Colloid Surf. A-Physicochem. Eng. Asp. 139 (1), 91 - 97
    full text (url)
  • Wiessner, A., Kappelmeyer, U., Kaestner, M., Schultze-Nobre, L., Kuschk, P., (2013):
    Response of ammonium removal to growth and transpiration of Juncus effusus during the treatment of artificial sewage in laboratory-scale wetlands
    Water Res. 47 (13), 4265 - 4273
    full text (url)
  • Wiessner, A., Müller, J.A., Kuschk, P., Kappelmeyer, U., Kästner, M., Liu, Y.L., Stottmeister, U., (2014):
    Environmental pollution by wastewater from brown coal processing – a remediation case study in Germany
    J. Environ. Eng. Landsc. Manag. 22 (1), 71 - 83
    full text (url)
  • Wiessner, A., Rahmann, K.Z., Kuschk, P., Kästner, M., Jechorek, M., (2010):
    Dynamics of sulphur compounds in horizontal sub-surface flow laboratory-scale constructed wetlands treating artificial sewage
    Water Res. 44 (20), 6175 - 6185
    full text (url)
  • Wu, S., Kuschk, P., Wiessner, A., Kästner, M., Pang, C., Dong, R., (2013):
    Response of removal rates to various organic carbon and ammonium loads in laboratory-scale constructed wetlands treating artificial wastewater
    Water Environ. Res. 85 (1), 44 - 53
    full text (url)
  • Wu, S., Kuschk, P., Wiessner, A., Müller, J.A., Saad, R.A.B., Dong, R., (2013):
    Sulphur transformations in constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment: a review
    Ecol. Eng. 52 , 278 - 289
    full text (url)
  • Wu, S., Lv, T., Li, C., Kuschk, P., Wiessner, A., Pang, C., Dong, R., (2012):
    Effect of nitrate on sulphur transformations depending on carbon load in laboratory-scale wetlands treating artificial sewage
    In: Iranpour, R., Zhao, J., Wang, A., Yang, F., Li, X., (eds.)
    Advances in Environmental Science and Engineering. Selected, peer reviewed papers from the 2012 International Conference on Energy and Environmental Protection (ICEEP 2012), June 23-24, 2012, Hohhot, China
    Advanced Materials Research 518-523
    Trans Tech Publications, Durnten-Zurich, p. 1902 - 1912
    full text (url)
  • Wu, S., Wiessner, A., Braeckevelt, M., Kappelmeyer, U., Dong, R., Müller, J.A., Kuschk, P., (2013):
    Influence of nitrate load on sulfur transformations in the rhizosphere of Juncus effusus in laboratory-scale constructed wetlands treating artificial domestic wastewater
    Environ. Eng. Manag. J. 12 (3), 565 - 573
  • Wu, S., Wiessner, A., Dong, R., Pang, C., Kuschk, P., (2012):
    Performance of two laboratory-scale horizontal wetlands under varying influent loads treating artificial sewage
    Eng. Life Sci. 12 (2), 178 - 187
    full text (url)

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