Frau Dr.-Ing.

Asya Drenkova-Tuhtan

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (AWT)
Institut für Siedlungswasserbau, Wassergüte- und Abfallwirtschaft
Lehrstuhl für Siedungswasserwirtschaft und Wasserrecycling

Kontakt

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Bandtäle 2
70569 Stuttgart-Büsnau
Deutschland

Fachgebiet

Forschungsprofil

  1. Google Scholar
  2. Web of Science ResearcherID: D-8342-2015
  3. Scopus Author ID: 55658238300
  4. Orcid ID: 0000-0002-5163-7322
  5. ResearchGate

Publications (peer-reviewed)

The given number of citations is according to Scopus and Google Scholar

Journal Articles

  • 2019  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A. (2019). Elimination und Rückgewinnung von Phosphor aus Abwasser mithilfe wiederverwendbarer Nanokomposit-Magnetpartikel. Vom Wasser, 117 (2019) 2 / 33-32, 37‑40, ISSN 0083‑6915, Wiley‑VCH Verlag.
  • 2018  Rott, E.; Nouri, M.; Meyer, C.; Minke, R.; Schneider, M.; Mandel, K.; Drenkova-Tuhtan, A. (2018). Removal of phosphonates from synthetic and industrial wastewater with reusable magnetic adsorbent particles. Water Research, 145, 608−617. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.08.067. Impact Factor: 7.051 (Q1). Citations: 6
  • 2017  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Schneider, M.; Franzreb, M.; Meyer, C.; Gellermann, C.; Sextl, G.; Mandel, K.; Steinmetz, H. (2017). Pilot-scale removal and recovery of dissolved phosphate from secondary wastewater effluents with reusable ZnFeZr adsorbent @ Fe3O4/SiO2 particles with magnetic harvesting. Water Research, 109, 77−87. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.11.039. Impact Factor: 7.051 (Q1). Citations: 31
  • 2017  Schneider, M.; Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Szczerba, W.; Gellermann, C.; Meyer, C.; Steinmetz, H.; Mandel, K.; Sextl, G. (2017). Nanostructured ZnFeZr oxyhydroxide precipitate as efficient phosphate adsorber in waste water: understanding the role of different material-building-blocks. Environmental Science: Nano, 4 (1), 180−190. DOI: 10.1039/c6en00507a. Impact Factor: 6.087 (Q1). Citations: 12
  • 2016  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Schneider, M.; Mandel, K.; Meyer, C.; Gellermann, C.; Sextl, G.; Steinmetz, H. (2016). Influence of cation building blocks of metal hydroxide precipitates on their adsorption and desorption capacity for phosphate in wastewater - A screening study. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. and Eng. Aspects, 488, 145−153. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2015.10.017. Impact Factor: 2.829 (Q2). Citations: 18
  • 2013  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Mandel, K.; Paulus, A.; Meyer, C.; Hutter, F.; Gellermann, C.; Sextl, G.; Franzreb, M.; Steinmetz, H. (2013). Phosphate recovery from wastewater using engineered superparamagnetic particles modified with layered double hydroxide ion exchangers. Water Research, 47 (15), 5670−5677. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2013.06.039. Impact Factor: 7.051 (Q1). Citations: 68
  • 2013  Mandel, K.; Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Hutter, F.; Gellermann, C.; Steinmetz, H.; Sextl, G. (2013). Layered double hydroxide ion exchangers on superparamagnetic microparticles for recovery of phosphate from waste water. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 1 (5), 1840−1848. DOI: 10.1039/c2ta00571a. Impact Factor: 9.931 (Q1). Citations: 80

 

Conference Proceedings and Invited Talks

  • 2019  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Meyer, C.; Inskeep, C.; Mandel, K.; Ballweg, T.; Schneider, M.; Gellermann, C.; Steinmetz, H. (2019). Reusable magnetic sorbent materials for advanced wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery. Proceedings of the International Water Association (IWA): 3rd IWA Resource Recovery Conference IWA RR 2019, 08-12 September 2019, Venice, Italy.
  • 2019  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A. (2019). Phosphorus elimination and recovery from wastewater and process water with reusable nanocomposite magnetic particles. Proceedings of “Wasser 2019” - annual conference of the German Water Chemistry Society (Wasserchemische Gesellschaft; Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker GDCh), 27‑29 May 2019, Erfurt, Germany.
  • 2019  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A. (2019). Reusable magnetic sorbent materials for advanced wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery. Invited presentation at University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Water Center seminar at the lab of Prof. David Sedlak (Editor-in-Chief: Environmental Science and Technology), 25 April 2019, UC Berkeley, California, USA.
  • 2018  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Meyer, C.; Mandel, K.; Schneider, M.; Franzreb, M.; Steinmetz, H. (2018). Magnetic assisted sorption technology for advanced removal and recovery of phosphorus from mainstream and side-stream WWTP. Proceedings of the International Water Association (IWA): IWA Conference on Nutrient Removal & Recovery 2018: Closing the Loop, 18-21 November 2018, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 2018  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A. (2018). Phosphorus elimination and recovery from wastewater and process water with reusable nanocomposite magnetic particles. Proceedings of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform: 3rd European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference 2018, 11-13 June 2018, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2017  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Meyer, C.; Schneider, M.; Franzreb, M.; Gellermann, C.; Mandel, K.; Steinmetz, H. (2017). Polishing of secondary wastewater effluents through elimination and recovery of dissolved phosphorus with reusable magnetic microsorbents. Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation (WEF): Nutrient Symposium 2017, 169−181 (13), 12-14 June 2017, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. DOI: 10.2175/193864717821494169. Citations: 4
  • 2017  Meyer, C.; Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Steinmetz, H.; Gellermann, C.; Mandel, K.; Schneider, M.; Franzreb, M.; Neurohr, M.; Schuhmann, R.; Ehbrecht, A. (2017). »SuPaPhos« – Elimination und Rückgewinnung von Phosphor aus Abwasser mittels magnetisch abtrennbarer Ionentauscherpartikel (in German). Proceedings  DWA Landesverband Baden-Württemberg, 89−100, Im Dialog: Phosphorrückgewinnung: 3.Kongress: Phosphor – Ein kritischer Rohstoff mit Zukunft, 22-23 November 2017, Bad Cannstatt, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2017  Schneider, M.; Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Mandel, K.; Gellermann, C.; Meyer, C.; Ehbrecht, A.; Schuhmann, R.; Stauber, R. (2017). Rückgewinnung von Phosphat aus Abwasser mit Hilfe magnetisch abtrennbarer Adsorberpartikel (in German). Proceedings of the 9.CMM Tagung und 4.Herbstschule: Material-Prozesse-Systeme, KIT-CMM, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie KIT, 18-21 September 2017, Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • 2017  Kazmierczak, K.; Schneider, M.; Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Mandel, K.; Gellermann, C.; Meyer, C. (2017). Phosphorrückgewinnung aus Sicht der angewandten Forschung – Superparamagnetische Partikel als neue Adsorptionsmaterialien (in German). Phosphordialog Bayern - Deutsche Phosphor Platform DPP e.V., Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz, 26 October 2017, Munich, Germany.
  • 2016  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Meyer, C.; Schneider, M.; Mandel, K.; Gellermann, C.; Franzreb, M.; Steinmetz, H. (2016). Application of magnetic microsorbents for separation, concentration and recovery of phosphate from wastewater streams. Proceedings of the International Water Association (IWA): 13th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies: Evaluating Impacts of Innovation, 13-16 June 2016, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Citations: 2
  • 2016  Mandel, K.; Schneider, M.; Gellermann, C.; Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Meyer, C.; Steinmetz, H. (2016). Superparamagnetische Partikel und ihre Anwendung in der Abwasserreinigung und der Rückgewinnung von Wertstoffen (in German). Proceedings of the nANO meets water VII - Nanotechnik für die Wasser-Praxis, Fraunhofer UMSICHT, 18 February 2016, Oberhausen, Germany.
  • 2016  Naji, F.; Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Rapf, M.; Meyer, C.; Steinmetz, H.; Kranert, M. (2016). Phosphorus recovery from wastewater, sewage sludge and sewage sludge ash. Proceedings of the Indo-German Conference on Sustainability: Exploring planetary boundaries and their challenges and opportunities, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 27-28 February 2016, Chennai, India.
  • 2015  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Mandel, K.; Meyer, C.; Schneider, M.; Gellermann, C.; Steinmetz, H. (2015). Removal and recovery of phosphate from wastewater with reusable magnetically separable particles. Proceedings of the International Water Association (IWA): IWA Specialist Conference on Nutrient Removal and Recovery: moving innovation into practice, 18-21 May 2015, Gdańsk, Poland.
  • 2015  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A. (2015). Removal and recovery of phosphate from wastewater by means of engineered, magnetically separable particles, modified with selective ion exchangers (Invited Speaker). Kleines Institutstreffen der deutschsprachigen siedlungswasserwirtschaftlichen Institute, ISWA, Universität Stuttgart, 01-03 February 2015, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2015  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A. (2015). Phosphatrückgewinnung aus Abwasserströmen mittels magnetisch abtrennbarer Mikropartikel (in German, Invited Speaker). 9. Fachkolloquium des Instituts für Energie und Prozesstechnik (IEP), Fachhochschule Münster, Campus Steinfurt, 09 December 2015, Steinfurt, Germany.
  • 2013  Steinmetz, H.; Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Kuch, B.; Lange, C. (2013). Methodology to develop reference substances for measurement of organic micropollutants in wastewater systems and surface waters. Proceedings of the Istanbul International Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater Congress, ISBN: 978-605-6326-912, Halic Congress Center, 22-24 May 2013, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2013  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Meyer, C.; Mandel, K.; Hutter, F.; Sextl, G.; Gellermann, C.; Paulus, A.; Franzreb, M.; Steinmetz, H. (2013). Phosphate recovery from wastewater with engineered superparamagnetic composite particles using magnetic separation. Proceedings of the DWA 4th International Symposium “Re-Water Braunschweig”: Quality, Reuse and Global Aspects, 06-07 November 2013, Braunschweig, Germany.
  • 2012  Ćosić, J.; Steinmetz, H.; Drenkova-Tuhtan, A. (2012). Material Flow Analysis and Economical Feasibility of the Co-digestion: A Case Study for the city of Kruševac. Proceedings of the International Conference: Waste Waters, Municipal Solid Wastes and Hazardous Wastes, 02-05 April 2012, Čačak, Serbia.
  • 2012  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Meyer, C.; Steinmetz, H. (2012). Application of Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles in Advanced Wastewater Treatment. Proceedings of the Young Water Talents Symposium, Singapore International Water Week SIWW 2012: Water Solutions for Liveable and Sustainable Cities, Marina Bay Sands, 01-05 July 2012, Singapore.
  • 2011  Drenkova-Tuhtan, A.; Meyer, C.; Steinmetz, H. (2011). Einsatz der Nanotechnologie in der Abwasserreinigung (in German, Invited Speaker). Proceedings of the 86.Siedlungswasserwirtschaftliches Kolloquium: Neue Verfahren und Betriebsstrategien in der Abwasserbehandlung, 55−79 (208). Oldenbourg Industrieverlag GmbH, München, 13 October 2011, Stuttgart, Germany.

Magazine Articles

Teaching Activities

  • 2011-2017  Assistant Lecturer for the Introductory M.Sc. Course “Sanitary Engineering – Wastewater Technology: Urban Drainage & Wastewater Treatment”, every winter semester. Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA), University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2011-2017  Assistant Lecturer for the Advanced M.Sc. Course “Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs)”, every summer semester. ISWA, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Supervising and Mentoring Activities

  • 2019  Caleb Stewart Inskeep, Ph.D. Student (ongoing): “Application of Chemically Regenerable Magnetic Activated Carbon for the Elimination and Degradation of Organic Micropollutants from Wastewater”. Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA), University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2018  Marlena Cristina Monea, Ph.D. Student (ongoing): “Optimierung der Phosphorrückgewinnung aus kommunalen Klärschlämmen nach dem Prinzip des Stuttgarter Verfahrens”. Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA), University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2017  Mohammad Nouri, M.Sc. Thesis (defended 05/2017): “Phosphonates and Phosphate Elimination from Wastewater Utilizing Reusable Magnetic Particles and Their Mutual Influence on Each Other”. Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA), University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2017  Marcel Sánchez Pereira, M.Sc. Thesis (defended 05/2017): “Phosphorus Elimination and Recovery from Waste Water Using Functionalized Magnetic Particles and Morphological Characterization of the Recycled Solid Product”. ISWA, University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2016  Yamileth Milena Jiménez Gutiérrez, M.Sc. Thesis (defended 06/2016): “Phosphate Recovery from Wastewater with Magnetic Particles and Enrichment of the Reclaimed Solution as a Source for Struvite Precipitation”. ISWA, University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2016  Mohammad Nouri, Independent Study (submitted 08/2016): “Phosphate Removal and Recovery from Aqueous Solutions by Layered Double Hydroxides (LDHs) and Influence of the Process Variables - Review”. ISWA, University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2015  Yamileth Milena Jiménez Gutiérrez, Student Research Project (submitted 08/2015): “Determination of the Process Variables for Adsorption and Desorption of Phosphate from Wastewater by Selective Ion Exchangers on Magnetic Particles”. ISWA, University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2015  Kristo Lakuriqi, Student Research Project (submitted 04/2015): “Comparison of Various Ion Exchange Materials for the Selective Adsorption and Recovery of Phosphate from a Wastewater Treatment Plant Effluent”. ISWA, University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2013  Behnaz Shoar, Student Research Project (submitted 04/2013): “Effect of pH on Activated Carbon Adsorption of Residual Organic Substances from Effluent Waste Water of LFKW”. ISWA, University of Stuttgart.
  • 2012  Andromachi Melli, M.Sc. Thesis (defended 06/2012): “Phosphorus Removal and Recovery from Municipal Wastewater with the Use of Innovative Particles”. ISWA, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Professional Experience

  • 02.04.2018–present Postdoctoral Researcher (full-time)
    in Estimating Magnetic Particles’ Behaviour and Stability through Hydrodynamic Sensing; Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia; School of Information Technologies; Department of Computer Systems; Centre for Biorobotics
  • 01.12.2018–30.09.2021  Senior Researcher (part-time 25%)
    Scientific supervision in CREMA project at the Department of Wastewater Technology;
    University of Stuttgart, Germany; Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA)
  • 01.08.2017–06.04.2018  PhD Student (enrolled since 2015), finalising Doctoral Dissertation
  • 17.01.2011–31.07.2017  Research Associate (full-time)
    Department of Wastewater Technology
    University of Stuttgart, Germany; Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA)
    (Including Maternity Leave 15.02.2013-31.12.2013)
  • 01.05.2009–31.12.2010  Student Research Assistant (part-time, parallel to M.Sc. studies 01.10.2008-31.10.2010)
    Department of Wastewater Technology
    University of Stuttgart, Germany; Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA)
  • 01.11.2004–31.08.2008  Process Engineer and Project Coordinator (full-time)
    Designer of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Water Supply and Sewage Systems
    Company BORA Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 01.04.2008–31.08.2008  Process Engineer - Wastewater Treatment, Water Supply and Sewage Systems (part-time)
    Construction Permits and Supervision
    Wastewater Treatment Plant "Lovech", Bulgaria. Funding: EU-ISPA program
    Company SistemYapi Insaat Ve Ticaret, Turkey (Branch office Bulgaria)
  • 01.12.2005–31.08.2008  Process Engineer (part-time)
    Designer of Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs)
    Wastewater Treatment Plant "Blagoevgrad", Bulgaria. Funding: EU-ISPA program
    Consortium „Themeliodomi S.A. - J&P-Avax S.A.”, Bulgaria / Greece
  • 01.06.2004–15.10.2004  Engineering Intern (full-time)
    Water Quality Control Assistant Manager
    Jersey Shore Beach & Boardwalk - Runaway Rapids Waterpark, New Jersey, USA

Education

  • 01.10.2015–06.04.2018  Doctor of Engineering Dr.-Ing. (summa cum laude)
    (Researcher since 2011)    Dissertation: “Phosphorus elimination and recovery from wastewater with reusable nanocomposite magnetic particles” (defended on 06.04.2018)
    Committee: Prof. H. Steinmetz; Prof. M. Franzreb; Prof. J.W. Metzger; Prof. A. Bárdossy
    University of Stuttgart, Germany; Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management
  • 01.10.2008–31.10.2010  Master of Science M.Sc. (summa cum laude)
    M.Sc. Thesis: “Application of nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) in municipal wastewater treatment” (defended on 26.10.2010). Supervisors: Prof. H. Steinmetz; Dipl.-Ing. C. Meyer
    University of Stuttgart, Germany; Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering; M.Sc. Program: Water Resources Engineering and Management WAREM
  • 01.09.1999–20.01.2005  Master and Bachelor in Civil Engineering (cum laude)
    Master’s Thesis: “Engineering Design and Optimization of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant” (defended on 20.01.2005). Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. I. Kostova
    University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy UACEG, Sofia, Bulgaria; Faculty of Hydraulic Engineering

Selected Research Projects

Project name:     EMPHASIS (Estimation of Magnetic Particle HydrodynAmic StabIlity through Sensing)
Duration:           01/2019 – 12/2020
Researcher role: Principal Investigator, Postdoc Researcher (TalTech - Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)
Funded by:         “Mobilitas Pluss” Grant MOBJD447, Estonian Research Council, EU Regional Development Fund


Project name:     CREMA (Chemically Regenerable superparaMagnetic Activated carbon for the elimination and degradation of organic micropollutants from wastewater)
Duration:           10/2018 – 09/2021
Researcher role: Co-Principal Investigator – Scientific Supervisor / Coordinator (University of Stuttgart, GermanyFunded by:         German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)


Project name:     SuPaPhos (Large-scale Phosphate recovery from wastewater and process water with magnetically separable SuperParamagnetic particles modified with selective ion exchangers)
Duration:           04/2014 – 07/2017
Researcher role: Co-Principal Investigator and Project Manager (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Funded by:         Baden-Württemberg Stiftung gGmbH, Germany


Project name:     TWIST++ (Transition paths for Water Infrastructure Systems: Adapting to the new challenges in the urban and rural areas)
Duration:           06/2013 – 05/2016
Researcher role: Research Scientist – only supporting research activities (University of Stuttgart, Germany
Funded by:         German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)


Project name:     BioSuPaWert (Development of functionalized Biomimetic SuperParamagnetic micro-particles for the recovery of valuable substances from wastewater streams)
Duration:           11/2010 – 10/2013
Researcher role: Research Scientist (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Funded by:         Baden-Württemberg Stiftung gGmbH, Germany


Selected Industry Projects - Design and Construction of Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs)
In 2004‑2008 prior to her academic career, the experienced researcher was actively involved as a civil engineer in the following multi‑million infrastructural construction projects, mostly funded through the EU-ISPA Program:

  • Design of WWTP Rousse at the river Danube, Bulgaria (240.000 PE – population equivalents): Biological treatment, Sludge digesters, Biogas plant, Sewage pumping stations and Sewer collectors. Design in cooperation with “-Ing. Bernd Diering” GmbH, DE. Contractor: “Hochtief Construction AG”, Germany.
  • Project coordination and design of WWTP Lovech, Bulgaria (86.000 PE): Biological treatment, Aerobic sludge stabilization and Sewer collectors. Contractor: “SistemYapi Insaat Ve Ticaret”, Turkey.
  • Design of WWTP Pazardzhik, Bulgaria (100.000 PE) and Pumping station for industrial wastewater. Design in cooperation with “INFILCO”, Spain.
  • Design of WWTP Sunny Beach, Bulgaria (75.000 PE) in the Black Sea resort area. SBR-technology. Design in cooperation with “Biogest International” GmbH, Germany.
  • Design of drinking water system in Balchik municipality, Bulgaria. Technical design in cooperation with “PÖYRY Environment” GmbH, Germany.
  • Design of industrial WWTP Svilozel, Bulgaria, paper industry. Flotation technology. Design in cooperation with “KROFTA Waters International”, Switzerland.
  • Preparation of Tender Dossier (technical specification) for reconstruction of municipal WWTP Sliven, Bulgaria (170.000 PE), FIDIC (Yellow Book), EU Cohesion Funds.
  • 07/2019 5.000 EUR Award “Friedrich und Elisabeth Boysen-Stiftung Preis 2019” for outstanding dissertation work in the field of environmental technologies focused on reducing pollution, noise and energy demand. Granted within the University of Stuttgart graduation ceremony on 12.July 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 05/2019 6.000 EUR Award “Willy Hager Preis 2018” for outstanding PhD work in the field of water and wastewater treatment technologies. Granted within the annual conference of the German Water Chemistry Society “Wasser 2019” on 27.May 2019 in Erfurt, Germany.
  • 03/2019 European Commission, Horizon 2020 Seal of Excellence for the project proposal 843937 “NanoPhosTox”, submitted under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions call H2020 MSCA IF 2018 and ranked as a high quality project proposal (score 90%) in a highly competitive evaluation process by an international panel of independent experts, following three award criteria: excellence, impact, quality of implementation.
  • 10/2018 Archimedes Foundation / EU Regional Development Fund, Dora Plus activity 1.1 "Short study visits" grant for participation in the IWA Nutrient Removal & Recovery Conference 2018, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 06/2018 Archimedes Foundation / EU Regional Development Fund, Dora Plus activity 1.1 "Short study visits" grant for participation in the 3rd European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference, Helsinki, Finland.
  • 06/2017 Oswald-Schulze-Stiftung grant for participation in the Water Environment Federation WEF Nutrient Symposium 2017, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
  • 11/2013 10.000 EUR Award "Zukunftspreis Re-Water Braunschweig 2013", Germany (jointly with partners) granted within the 4th International Symposium "Re-Water Braunschweig" for the innovative research work and publication „Phosphate recovery from wastewater with engineered superparamagnetic composite particles using magnetic separation“, Drenkova-Tuhtan et al., 2013, Water Research 47(15), 5670-5677.
  • 07/2012 DAAD scholarship for participation in the Singapore International Water Week SIWW 2012 as part of the Baden-Württemberg Science Delegation headed by the Minister of Science, Research and Arts Mrs. Theresia Bauer and the Rector of Universität Stuttgart Prof. Wolfram Ressel.
  • 07/2011 AQUA Prize 2011 of the Faculty for Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany for outstanding academic achievements and best M.Sc. Thesis: "Application of nanoscale zero valent iron in municipal wastewater treatment".

09/2008 Full Scholarship for M.Sc. Studies at the University of Stuttgart 10.2008-10.2010 granted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the research project GLOWA-Danube.

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