Dr Adrian Oehmen

Senior Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 53729


Adrian Oehmen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland. He leads research in the area of environmental biological engineering, focussing on wastewater treatment and resource recovery. His research interests include enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR or BioP), metabolic modelling, biopolymer (polyhydroxyalkanoate – PHA) production, micropollutant removal and greenhouse gas (N2O) assessment and mitigation. He has published more than 100 papers in international scientific journals, led or collaborated on more than 30 research projects (many with industry) and was awarded the CH2M-Hill award for his PhD thesis. He is active within the International Water Association (IWA), serving on specialist group and conference committees and is an Associate Editor of Water Research.

Research Interests

  • Resource Recovery
    Recovering Value-Added Products (e.g. Nutrients, Biopolymers) from Waste and Wastewater Streams
  • Biological Nutrient Removal
    Biological Processes for Removing Nutrients such as Phosphorus and Nitrogen from Wastewater
  • Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal
    Process Engineering, Microbiology and Metabolic Features associated with Biological Phosphorus Removal
  • Wastewater Treatment
    Domestic and Industrial Wastewater Treatment Technologies
  • Biopolymer Production
    Mixed Culture Technologies focussed on the Production and Recovery of Biopolymers (e.g. Polyhydroxyalkanoates - PHA) from Waste/Wastewater Feedstocks
  • Greenhouse Gas Assessment and Mitigation
    Measurement and Minimisation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Wastewater Treatment Processes (e.g nitrous oxide - N2O)
  • Micropollutant Removal
    The Removal of Pharmaceutical Active Compounds, Heavy Metals, and other Hazardous Substances from Wastewater using Biological and Physical-Chemical Approaches
  • Process Modelling
    Process Modelling for Design, Optimisation and Control of Wastewater Treatment Processes.
  • Metabolic Modelling
    Modelling the Metabolism Associated with Biological Processes and their Application towards Process Engineering
  • Anaerobic Digestion
    Experimental and Modelling Studies focused on Fermentation and Biogas Production from Waste/Wastewater Feedstocks
  • Drinking Water Treatment
    Heavy Metal Removal (e.g. Arsenic) from Drinking Water Supplies. Application of Ion Exchange Membrane Process Technologies for Drinking Water Treatment.
  • Phototrophic Processes
    Light-Driven Biological Technologies for Value-Added Product Generation (e.g. PHA) from Wastewater
  • Bioremediation
    Removal of Herbicides/Pesticides from Contaminated Waters


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Pratt, Steven, Vandi, Luigi-Jules, Gapes, Daniel, Werker, Alan, Oehmen, Adrian and Laycock, Bronwyn (2019). Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics from organic waste. Biorefinery: integrated sustainable processes for biomass conversion to biomaterials, biofuels, and fertilizers. (pp. 615-638) edited by Juan-Rodrigo Bastidas-Oyanedel and Jens Ejbye Schmidt. Springer International Publishing: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-10961-5_26

  • Lebrero, Raquel, Muñoz, Raul, Oehmen, Adrian, Porro, Jose, Volcke, Eveline and Pijuan, Maite (2017). Greenhouse and odour emissions. Innovative wastewater treatment & resource recovery technologies: impacts on energy, economy and environment. (pp. 488-509) edited by Juan M. Lema and Sonia Suarez. London, United Kingdom: International Water Association. doi: 10.2166/9781780407876_0488

  • Fatone, Francesco, Baeza, Juan A., Batstone, Damien, Cema, Grzegorz, Crutchik, Dafne, Díez-Montero, Rubén, Huelsen, Tim, Lyberatos, Gerasimos, McLeod, Andrew, Mosquera-Corral, Anuska, Oehmen, Adrian, Plaza, Elzbieta, Renzi, Daniele, Soares, Ana and Tejero, Iñaki (2017). Nutrient removal. Innovative wastewater treatment & resource recovery technologies: impacts on energy, economy and environment. (pp. 3-39) edited by Juan M. Lema and Sonia Suarez. London, United Kingdom: International Water Association. doi: 10.2166/9781780407876_0003

  • Velizarov, Svetlozar, Oehmen, Adrian, Reis, Maria and Crespo, João (2016). Electro-membrane processes for the removal of trace toxic metal ions from water. Membrane Technologies for Water Treatment: Removal of Toxic Trace Elements with Emphasis on Arsenic, Fluoride and Uranium. (pp. 73-87) London, United Kingdom: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b19227

  • McMahon, Katherine D., He, Shaomei and Oehmen, Adrian (2010). The microbiology of phosphorus removal. Microbial ecology of activated sludge. (pp. 281-319) edited by Robert Seviour and Per Halkjaer Nielsen. London, United Kingdom: IWA Publishing.

  • Oehmen, Adrian, Yuan, Zhiguo, Zeng, Raymond J. and Keller, Jurg (2004). Performance of enhanced biological phosphorus removal systems enriched with different volatile fatty acids. Young researchers 2004. (pp. 69-78) edited by Richard Steutz and Piet Lens. London, U.K.: IWA Publishing.

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Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor