Dr. Peter Kuschk - in memoriam

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Environmental Biotechnology
Permoserstrasse 15
D-04318 Leipzig

Curiculum vitae


guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida for "Processing of drinking water and wastewater treatment"


guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Anhalt, in Köthen, for "Phytoremediation"

since 1998

head of the group Ecological Water Treatment Technologies (EWaTT) – Constructed Wetlands

since 1992

Researcher at the Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle


PhD thesis, methanogenic fermentation of a wastewater from the coal pyrolysis, University Oldenburg


PhD thesis, methanogenic fermentation of a wastewater from the coal pyrolysis, University Oldenburg

1982 - 1991

scientific co-worker in the Institute for Biotechnology in Leipzig; task: anaerobic digestion of industrial wastewaters

1977 - 1982

studied biochemistry at the University of Halle (Germany)

Research areas:

Low tech nature-near methods for wastewater treatment (see also web page: www.phyto.ufz.de)

  1. Microbial anaerobic processes and metal removal/fixation in artificial pond/wetland systems
  2. Fate of pharmaceutical residues in municipal wastewater in planted soil filter and pond systems (constructed wetlands)
  3. Cycles of nitrogen, sulphur and carbon in the technical ecosystem ”constructed wetland“ for wastewater treatment
  4. Oxygen-input into the rhizosphere by helophytes
  5. Hygienization of domestic sewage in ponds and constructed wetlands

Participation at international projects (selection):

  • EU-INCO-Project, Peri-urban mangroves forests as filters and potential phytoremediators of domestic sewage in East Africa – PUMPSEA ; grant INCO-CT2004-510863, PUMPSEA), 02/2005-01/2008
  • Cooperation project Germany-Mexico „Passive treatment of tannery effluents“; MEX03/Z05; 2004-2006, funded by BMBF; Partner: BioPlanta GmbH, UFZ-Leipzig, Centro de Investigación y Asesoría Tecnológia en Cuero y Calzado, Leon, Mexico
  • Cooperation project Germany-Mexico MEX00/004 „Novel insights in the use of aquatic plants for heavy metal removal“ (2000-2003 , funded by BMBF; partners: BioPlanta GmbH in Leipzig, CIATEC in Leon and Institute of Ecology in Xalapa)
  • NATO-Collaborative Linkage Grant 978918 (2001-2004; „Heavy Metal Removal by Bioreactors and constructed wetlands“; Partners: IBPM in Pushchino, Russia and University Wageningen, The Netherlands)
  • Cooperation project Germany-Mexico, „Reducing pathogenic germs in municipal sewage using constructed wetlands“, 2000-2003, funded by BMBF; Partner: UFZ-Leipzig, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Mexico, Umweltschutz Nord GmbH & Co

Publikationen / Publications