Dr.-Ing. Benedikt Aumeier










Advanced Water Treatment

Curriculum Vitae

since 2023 Post-Doc and Team Leader of Research Group ”Advanced Water Treatment“ at the Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, TU München
2020-2023 Post-Doc and Research Group Leader, Institute of Environmental Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
2020 Doctorate (Dr.-Ing.), Chair of Chemical Process Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
2014-2019 Research Associate, Chair of Chemical Process Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
2011-2013 M.Sc. studies Management and Technology of Water and Wastewater, University Duisburg-Essen
2007-2011 B.Sc. studies Chemical Engineering, TU München

Fields of Research

  • Design and application of hybrid and advanced systems for water treatment for various direct and indirect reuse purposes, drinking water purification and advanced wastewater treatment
  • Management of the anthropgenic water cycle in view of an accelerating climate change
  • Advanced water treatment in water and wastewater treatment systems: ad-/sorption,  membrane filtration, oxidation including advanced oxidation processes, disinfection, natural treatment systems
  • Adsorption: process design and scale-up/-down, fundamental investigation of competitive adsorption in aqueous media, novel sorbent regeneration methods
  • Membrane filtration: microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, fouling mitigation and membrane cleaning
  • Process modeling and employment of surrogate parameters for process control
  • Removal of trace organic compounds, notably (very) persistent and (very) mobile (PMT/vPvM) substances including PFAS, and elimination/inactivation of microorganisms


  • Contribution to the Technical Committee „Persistent-Mobile-Toxic (PMT) Substances“, Water Chemistry Society, German Chemistry Society (GDCh)
  • Contribution to the DWA guidelines M1200 part 2 „Wasserwiederverwendung für landwirtschaftliche und urbane Zwecke in Deutschland“ (water reuse for agricultural and urban irrigation in Germany), working group KA-8.3, Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall e. V. (DWA)


Aumeier B.M., Georgi A., Saeidi N., Sigmund G., 2023. Is sorption technology fit for the removal of persistent and mobile organic contaminants from water? Science of The Total Environment, 880, 163343

Aumeier B.M., et al., 2022. Linking the effect of temperature on adsorption from aqueous solution with solute dissociation. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 429, 128291

Wolters J., et al., 2022. TACN-Mn catalyst use in an advanced oxidation process for efficient micropollutant abatement in wastewater: A transformation study of diclofenac and sulfamethoxazole. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 10 (5), 108320

Sigmund G., et al., 2022. Sorption and Mobility of Charged Organic Compounds: How to Confront and Overcome Limitations in Their Assessment. Environmental Science & Technology 56 (8), 4702-4710

Aumeier B.M., et al., 2021. Polymeric Membranes With Sufficient Thermo‐Mechanical Stability to Deploy Temperature Enhanced Backwash. Chemie Ingenieur Technik 93 (9), 1417-1422

Aumeier B.M., et al., 2020. The hydrothermal solution for self-sustaining drinking water purification at point of use. Water Research, 170, 115338

Rall D., et al., 2020. Simultaneous rational design of ion separation membranes and processes. Journal of Membrane Science 600, 117860

Aumeier B.M., et al., 2019. Aqueous-Phase Temperature Swing Adsorption for Pesticide Removal. Environmental Science and Technology 53 (2), 919-927

Aumeier B.M., et al., 2018. Temperature Enhanced Backwash. Water Research 142, 18-25

Sadr S.M.K., et al., 2018. A multi expert decision support tool for the evaluation of advanced wastewater treatment trains: A novel approach to improve urban sustainability. Environmental Science & Policy 90, 1–10

Aumeier B.M., et al., 2017. Evaluating water purification at household level in India. Desalination and Water Treatment 91, 311-319

Crawford S., et al., 2017. Project house water: a novel interdisciplinary framework to assess the environmental and socioeconomic consequences of flood-related impacts. Environmental Sciences Europe 29 (1), 23

Conference Papers / Poster

Aumeier B.M., et al. “Minimal backwashing impacts breakthrough of granular activated carbon filters in advanced waste water treatment”. 13th IWA Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse, Chennai, India, January 2023

Aumeier B.M., et al. “Temperature dependency of aqueous-phase adsorption: influence of micropollutant dissociation and steric exclusion on adsorbent regeneration”. 12th IWA Micropol & Ecohazard Conference, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, June 2022

Aumeier B.M. “Dezentrale Trinkwasseraufbereitung – Überblick und Verfahrensentwicklungen”. 55. Essener Tagung für Wasserwirtschaft, Aachen/online, Germany, March 2022

Aumeier B.M. “The hydrothermal solution for decentralized drinking water purification”. Wasser 2021 – Jahrestagung der Wasserchemischen Gesellschaft (GDCh), online, Germany, May 2021

Aumeier B.M., et al. “Polymeric membranes have sufficient thermo-mechanical stability to deploy Temperature Enhanced Backwash”. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Membrantechnik (DGMT) Jahrestagung, online, Germany, March 2021

Aumeier B.M., et al. “In-situ membrane and adsorbent regeneration developed for self-sufficient decentralized water treatment”. 9th IWA Membrane Technology Conference & Exhibition for Water and Wastewater Treatment and Reuse, Toulouse, France, June 2019

Aumeier B.M., et al. ”On pump-free membrane backwashing in remote areas“. 8th IWA Specialist Conference on Membrane Technology for Water and Wastewater Treatment, Singapore, September 2017

Aumeier B.M., et al. “Evaluating water purification at household level in India“. 13th IWA Specialized Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems, Athens, Greece, September 2016

Aumeier B.M., et al. “Quantifying potential health improvement by household water treatment in rural India”. International Conference on Innovations in Sustainable Water & Wastewater Treatment Systems, Pune, India, April 2016

Aumeier B.M., et al. “Challenge test of Indian household drinking water purifiers“. 11th Aachen’s Conference on Water Technologies, Aachen, Germany, October 2015