Benjamin Korth


Dr. Benjamin Korth

Department of Microbial Biotechnology

Team leader Thermodynamics of electroactive microorganisms

Speaker Platform Project ElectroBiorefineries and Biosyntheses

Member Scientific and Technical Council

Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 6025-2173

Benjamin Korth

Research interests

My research focus comprises electroactive microorganisms, extracellular electron transfer, and related natural and biotechnological processes. I’m especially interested in the respective thermodynamic and kinetic fundamentals influencing or even governing these processes. By applying bio(electro)calorimetric, modeling, and further electrochemical approaches, I aim to decipher the principles of energy harvest of electrogenic and electrotrophic microorganisms. Only with a comprehensive knowledge about the energy fluxes during extracellular electron transfer, an improvement of energy efficiency of microbial electrochemical technologies and a reasonable engineering thereof is possible.

Since 2020

Team leader "Thermodynamics of electroactive microorganisms"

Sep-Dec 2018 

Research stay at the University of Girona,
Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (LEQUIA), Prof. Sebastià Puig Broch

Since 2017

Scientist at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ,
Department of Environmental Microbiology

Research Group Electrobiotechnology

Nov 2013

Research stay at the Technical University of Delft,
Department of Biotechnology, Dr. Cristian Picioreanu

2013 − 2017

PhD student at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ,
Department of Environmental Microbiology

Research Group Microbial Bioelectrocatalysis & Bioelectrotechnology

2017 PhD in Biochemistry (summa cum laude)

2007 − 2012

Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Diploma)
at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Diploma thesis at the Institute for Biochemistry I,
University Hospital of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena,
Title: "Analysis of Actin and Membrane Dynamics Modulators in Danio rerio".


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University of Leipzig

  • M.Sc. Biochemistry, 1. Semester

Module Elektrobiotechnologie (11-BCH-0723)

         Seminar Energetik mikrobieller Systeme (2 SWS)
        Practical course (4 SWS)

  • B.Sc. Biochemistry, 2. Semester

Module Physikal. u. biophysikalische Chemie (11-BCH-0206)

     Seminar Physikal. u. Biophysikalische Chemie (2 SWS)

  • Academic course Pharmacy, 2. Fachsemester

Module Grundlagen der Physikalischen Chemie (11-PHA-0203)

    Seminar Physikalische Chemie (1 SWS)

FCI - The Chemical Industry Fund

Funding for material expenses 2023



UFZ-wide PhD college
  • Interactive exhibit Electrobiotechnology as a building block for the bioeconomy
Electrobiotechnology as a building block for the bioeconomy” away on travel
  • 1st place Humboldt-Science-Slam in Altenburg (2019)
  • Presentation at Jack Pop's Circus of Science (2019)
  • Host of Night of the Microbes at ISME17 in Leipzig (2018, together with Federica Calabrese)
  • 1st place ScienceSlam hosted by "Frankesche Stiftungen & HALternativ e.v." in Halle/Saale (2017)
  • 1st place Science Slam at the doctoral candidates day in Leipzig (2017)
  • 1st place 5. Leipziger Science Slam (2016)
  • 1st place Microbe Slam at the annual meeting of VAAM in Jena (2016)
  • Helmholtz-PhD award 2017, Research Area "Energy"
  • Best Oral Presentation Award EU-ISMET 2016
  • Abstract Award & Best Oral Presentation Award ISMET 2015

Students are always welcome to join the group and encouraged to apply for an internship/bachelor/master thesis in the research field of microbiology and electrobiotechnology. Topics can always be developed and adjusted to fit your personal needs. Just send an email to

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