(c) A. Künzelmann/ UFZ


Dr. Benjamin Korth
Deputy group leader and team-leader Thermodynamics of electroactive microorganisms

PhD Students

Shixiang Dai (jointly with WG Aquifer Biogeochemistry )
Daniel Dzofou Ngoumelah (DBFZ)
Katharina Neubert
Maliheh Abdollahi Mirabadi
Shabnam Pouresmaeil (DBFZ)
Yvonne Schößow
Aykut Kas


Anne Kuchenbuch
Cornelia Dilßner
Angelika Wichmann
Philip Haus

Undergraduates & Guests

Leonid Digel (guest PhD-student, Aarhus University)
Alba Ceballos-Escalera (guest PhD-student, University of Girona)

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Part of a vibrant international community

Group History 

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Research Topics

The group is active in the following areas:

  • Development of new bioelectrotechnological processes
  • Bioelectrochemical steering of microbial cultures
  • Study of the microbial ecology of electroactive microbial cultures
  • Development of new methods and protocols in the field
  • Fancy ad hoc projects (related to microbiology and/ or electrochemistry)
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Teaching (in German)

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Current third-party-funded projects

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
    Priority Programme SPP2240: eBiotech
    ESCAPE: Establishing a scalable bioprocess reactor platform for cathodic obligate anaerobic electrobiosynthesis
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Partner und Coordinator for tandem project: Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research (Prof. Dr. M. A. Rosenbaum)
    Funding period: 07/2021 - 06/2024
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  • European Union (EU)
    VIVALDI: innoVative bIo-based chains for CO2 VALorisation as aDded-value organIc acids
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Coordinator: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona - UAB (Spanien)
    Partner: VERTECH (France), VITO (Belgium), CO2 Value Europe AISBL (Belgium), ISLE (The Netherlands), Universität für Bodenkultur Wien - BOKU (Austria), Lula Tekniska Universitet - LTU (Sweden), Avantium Chemicals BV (The Netherlands), LEITAT (Spaain), SunPine AB (Sweden), Bioagra S.A. (Poland)
    Estrella de Levante S.A.U. (Spain), Processium (France), Nutrition Sciences (Belgium)
    Funding period: 06/2021 - 05/2025
    Link (external)

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - CO2WIN
    GAMES - Gas diffusion electrodes for coupled microbial-electrochemical syntheses from CO2
    PI für TP 5: Halophilic microbial electrosynthesis: F. Harnisch
    Coordinator: Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen - THM (Prof. Dr. D. Holtmann)
    Partner: DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut - DFI, Gesellschaft für Gassysteme durch Katalyse und Elektrochemie mbH - Gaskatel, ifn Forschungs- u. Technologiezentrum GmbH
    Funding period: 04/2021 - 03/2025

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - VIP+
    MolkeKraft: Microbial-electrochemical exploitation of sour whey for the production of drop-in aviation fuel
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Partner: Tübingen University (Prof. Dr. L.T. Angenent)
    Funding period: 05/2019 - 12/2022
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  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - ERANETMED
    WAFRA - Wireless Aquaponic Farming in Remote Areas: A smart adaptive socio-economic solution
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Partner: Ain Shams University (Egypt, Coordination), National Center for Radiation Research and Technology (Egypt), The University of Tunis El Manar (Tunesia), University of Girona (Spain), University of Salerno (Italy)
    Funding period: 11/2018 - 02/2021

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    BioFAVOR II – Entwicklung und Evaluierung einer mobilen Demonstrationsanlage für die dezentrale Verwertung menschlicher Fäkalien
    PIs: T. Hübner & F. Harnisch (Host)
    Funding period: 04/2018 - 09/2020

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    ElektroPapier - Entwicklung papierbasierter Elektroden für die mikrobielle elektrochemische Abwasserreinigung
    Work package 5: Microbial analyis
    PIs: F. Harnisch & S. Müller
    Partners: EnviroChemie (Coordinator), FuMATech GmbH, Koehler Greiz GmbH & Co KG, Graphit Kropfmühl GmbH, Papiertechnische Stiftung, TU Braunschweig (IÖNC und ISWW),
    Funding period: 05/2016 - 12/2019

  • The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    Award Biotechnology 2020+
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Funding period: 11/2012 - 12/2018

  • The Helmholtz-Association and the UFZ
    Helmholtz Young Investigators Group
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Funding period: 11/2012 - 12/2018

  • German Environmental Foundation (DBU)
    Microbial Bioelectrotechnology: A plattform-initiative for Germany
    PIs: F. Harnisch, M. A.-Rosenbaum (RWTH Aachen), U. Schröder (TU Braunschweig)
    Funding period: 10/2013 - 12/2018

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    BioFAVOR: Entwicklung einer mobilen Anlage zur Erzeugung von Biokohle aus Fäkalschlamm
    PIs: T. Hübner & F. Harnisch (Host)
    Funding period: 09/2016 - 05/2017

  • The Helmholtz-Association and the UFZ - Helmholtz-PostDoc-Fellowship

    Development of a platform for the visualization and analysis of electroactive microbial biofilms
    Fellow: G. Schkolnik
    Hosts: F. Harnisch and N. Musat
    Funding period: 10/2014 - 06/2016

  • Electrochemical Society (ECS)
    A Fully Cardboard Based Microbial Fuel Cell
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Partners: DBFZ, TU Braunschweig
    Funding period: 07/2015 - 01/2016