M.C.M. (Mark) van Loosdrecht

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Room 1.511
Julianalaan 67
2628 BC Delft
The Netherlands





  • 1999 - present
    Full professor and (since 2003) Group leader Environmental Biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology
  • 1988 - 1999
    Associate professor Environmental Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 1988
    PhD Microbiology prof. A.J.B. Zehnder and Surface & Colloid Chemistry prof. J. Lyklema, ‘Microbial Adhesion’, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • 1985
    MSc Environmental Engineering, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Member Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation, 2007
Member Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), 2004

Research interests

  • Biofilm and Granular Sludge Systems
  • Microbial storage polymers
  • Nutrient removal processes
  • Microbial ecology of engineered systems

Teaching activities

  • BSc and MSc programmes: environmental biotechnology, biotechnology
  • International Advanced Courses: environmental biotechnology, modelling of wastewater treatment processes
  • Supervised 31 PhD’s until 2008

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.

Secondary employment

  • Lid van de Raad van Advies bij Paques
  • Lid van Bestuur Stichting WOTRO/NOW
  • Wetenschappelijk directeur van het KWR Watercycle Research Institute
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