Professor Jurg Keller


Advanced Water Management Centre
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 54727


Professor Jurg Keller's research interests are in: environmental biotechnology, Biological Nutrient Removal process development, anaerobic treatment technologies and Bio-process characterisation.

Professor Jurg Keller's research projects are:

  • Development of the H-DOC Biosensor for Characterisation of Activated Sludge Kinetics & Wastewater Composition
  • Development and understanding of an effective nitritation process
  • Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBR): Optimisation through Process Analysis & Operational Improvements


  • Doctor of Science Technology, ETH Zurich
  • Diplom Chemie Lugenieur, ETH Zurich


  • Salehin, Sirajus, Rebosura, Mario, Keller, Jürg, Gernjak, Wolfgang, Donose, Bogdan C., Yuan, Zhiguo and Pikaar, Ilje (2020) Recovery of in-sewer dosed iron from digested sludge at downstream treatment plants and its reuse potential. Water Research, 174 115627. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2020.115627

  • Rebosura, Mario Jr, Sirajus Salehin, Ilje Pikaar, Kulandaivelu, Jagadeeshkumar, Guangming Jiang, Keller, Jurg, Sharma, Keshab R. and Yuan, Zhiguo (2020) Effects of in-sewer dosing of iron-rich drinking water sludge on wastewater collection and treatment systems. Water Research, 171 115396.doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.115396

  • Wu, Linwei, Ning, Daliang, Zhang, Bing, Li, Yong, Zhang, Ping, Shan, Xiaoyu, Zhang, Qiuting, Brown, Mathew Robert, Li, Zhenxin, Van Nostrand, Joy D., Ling, Fangqiong, Xiao, Naijia, Zhang, Ya, Vierheilig, Julia, Wells, George F., Yang, Yunfeng, Deng, Ye, Tu, Qichao, Wang, Aijie, Acevedo, Dany, Agullo-Barcelo, Miriam, Alvarez, Pedro J. J., Alvarez-Cohen, Lisa, Andersen, Gary L., de Araujo, Juliana Calabria, Boehnke, Kevin F., Bond, Philip, Bott, Charles B., Bovio, Patricia, Brewster, Rebecca K., Bux, Faizal, Cabezas, Angela, Cabrol, Léa, Chen, Si, Criddle, Craig S., Deng, Ye, Etchebehere, Claudia, Ford, Amanda, Frigon, Dominic, Sanabria, Janeth, Griffin, James S., Gu, April Z., Habagil, Moshe, Hale, Lauren, Hardeman, Steven D., Harmon, Marc, Horn, Harald, Hu, Zhiqiang, Jauffur, Shameem, Johnson, David R., Keller, Jurg, Keucken, Alexander, Kumari, Sheena, Leal, Cintia Dutra, Lebrun, Laura A., Lee, Jangho, Lee, Minjoo, Lee, Zarraz M. P., Li, Yong, Li, Zhenxin, Li, Mengyan, Li, Xu, Ling, Fangqiong, Liu, Yu, Luthy, Richard G., Mendonça-Hagler, Leda C., de Menezes, Francisca Gleire Rodriguez, Meyers, Arthur J., Mohebbi, Amin, Nielsen, Per H., Ning, Daliang, Oehmen, Adrian, Palmer, Andrew, Parameswaran, Prathap, Park, Joonhong, Patsch, Deborah, Reginatto, Valeria, de los Reyes, Francis L., Rittmann, Bruce E., Noyola, Adalberto, Rossetti, Simona, Shan, Xiaoyu, Sidhu, Jatinder, Sloan, William T., Smith, Kylie, de Sousa, Oscarina Viana, Stahl, David A., Stephens, Kyle, Tian, Renmao, Tiedje, James M., Tooker, Nicholas B., Tu, Qichao, Van Nostrand, Joy D., De los Cobos Vasconcelos, Daniel, Vierheilig, Julia, Wagner, Michael, Wakelin, Steve, Wang, Aijie, Wang, Bei, Weaver, Joseph E., Wells, George F., West, Stephanie, Wilmes, Paul, Woo, Sung-Geun, Wu, Linwei, Wu, Jer-Horng, Wu, Liyou, Xi, Chuanwu, Xiao, Naijia, Xu, Meiying, Yan, Tao, Yang, Yunfeng, Yang, Min, Young, Michelle, Yue, Haowei, Zhang, Bing, Zhang, Ping, Zhang, Qiuting, Zhang, Ya, Zhang, Tong, Zhang, Qian, Zhang, Wen, Zhang, Yu, Zhou, Hongde, Zhou, Jizhong, Wen, Xianghua, Curtis, Thomas P., He, Qiang, He, Zhili, Brown, Matthew, Zhang, Tong, He, Zhili, Keller, Jurg, Nielsen, Per H., Alvarez, Pedro J. J., Criddle, Craig S., Wagner, Michael, Tiedje, James M., He, Qiang, Curtis, Thomas P., Stahl, David A., Alvarez-Cohen, Lisa, Rittmann, Bruce E., Wen, Xianghua and Zhou, Jizhong (2019) Author Correction: Global diversity and biogeography of bacterial communities in wastewater treatment plants (Nature Microbiology, (2019), 4, 7, (1183-1195), 10.1038/s41564-019-0426-5). Nature Microbiology, 4 12: 2579-2579. doi:10.1038/s41564-019-0617-0

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Book Chapter

  • De Vera, Glen Andrew, José Farré, Maria, Gernjak, Wolfgang and Keller, Jurg (2016). Changes in Inorganic Nitrogen Ratio ([NH4+-N]/[NO3−-N]) During Ozonation of Drinking Water and Its Application for Micropollutant Removal Prediction. In Clive Thompson, Simon Gillespie and Emma Goslan (Ed.), Disinfection by-products in drinking water (pp. 228-235) Cambridge, United Kingdom: The Royal Society of Chemistry. doi:10.1039/9781782622710-00228

  • Pikaar, Ilje, Virdis, Bernardino, Freguia, Stefano and Keller, Jurg (2014). Wastewater treatment (microbial bioelectrochemical) and production of value-added by-products. In Gerhard Kreysa, Ken-ichiro Ota and Robert F. Savinell (Ed.), Encyclopedia of applied electrochemistry (pp. 2111-2117) New York, NY, United States: Springer New York. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-6996-5_89

  • Udert, Kai M., Brown-Malker, Shelley and Keller, Juerg (2013). Electrochemical systems. In Tove A. Larsen, Kai M. Udert and Judit Lienert (Ed.), Source separation and decentralization for wastewater management (pp. 321-335) London, United Kingdom: IWA.

  • Watts, Shane, de Kruek, Merle, Pijuan, Maite, Di Iaconi, Claudio, Ried, Achim, Rossetti, Simona, Del Moro, Guido, Mansini, Annalisa, De Sanctis, Marco, Giesen, Andreas, Pronk, Mario, Vanloosdrecht, Mark M. C. and Keller, Jurg (2012). Aerobic granular biomass processes. In Antonio Lopez, Claudio Di laconi, Giuseppe Mascolo and Alfieri Pollice (Ed.), Innovative and Integrated Technologies for the Treatment of Industrial Wastewater (INNOWATECH) (pp. 1-90) London, United Kingdom: IWA Publishing.

  • Lopez, Antonio and Keller, Jurg (2012). Innovative and Integrated Technologies for the Treatment of Industrial Wastewater (INNOWATECH) Foreword. In Innovative and integrated technologies for the treatment of industrial wastewater (pp. IX-X) London United Kingdom: IWA Publishing.

  • Virdis, B., Freguia, S., Rozendal, R. A., Rabaey, K., Yuan, Z. and Keller, J. (2011). Microbial fuel cells. In Peter A. Wilderer (Ed.), Treatise on water science (pp. 641-665) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Science. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53199-5.00098-1

  • Paritam, K. Dutta, Keller, Jurg, Yuan, Zhiguo, Rozendal, Rene A. and Korneel, Rabaey (2010). Conversion of sulfur species in bioelectrochemical systems. In Korneel Rabaey, Largus Angenent, Uwe Schroder and Jurg Keller (Ed.), Bioelectrochemical systems: From extracellular electron transfer to biotechnological application (pp. 243-262) London, U.K.; New York, U.S.A.: IWA Publishing.

  • Keller, Jurg, Rozendal, Rene, A., Angenent, Largus T., Schroder, Uwe, Lens, Piet and Korneel, Rabaey (2010). Outlook : Research directions and new applications for BES. In Korneel Rabaey, Largus Angenent, Uwe Schroder and Jurg Keller (Ed.), Bioelectrochemical systems: From extracellular electron transfer to biotechnological application (pp. 449-465) London, U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: IWA Publishing.

  • Foley, Jeffrey and Keller, Jurg (2008). Current wastewater treatment processes. In Ted Gardner, Christine Yeates and Roger Shaw (Ed.), Purified recycled water for drinking: The technical issues (pp. 57-84) Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Water Commission.

  • Hurse, T. J., Kappler, U. and Keller, J. (2008). Using anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria for the removal of sulfide from wastewater. In Hell, R., Dahl, C., Knaff, D. and Leustek, T. (Ed.), Sulfur Metabolism in Phototrophic Organisms 1st ed. (pp. 437-460) The Netherlands: Springer.

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

  • Yuan, Z., Keller, J. and Lant, P. A. (2003). Optimization and control of nitrogen removal activated sludge processes: A review of recent developments. In Spiros N. Agathos and Walter Reineke (Ed.), Biotechnology for the Environment: Wastewater Treatment and Modeling, Waste Gas Handling (pp. 187-227) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision