Barth F. Smets

Barth F. Smets


Building: 115, 108


Phone: 45252230

Mobile: 24217034

Fax: 45932850

I am Professor of Environmental Microbiology

The central tenet in all we do is Microbial Resource Management and Engineering: the bridge between environmental engineering and microbial ecology.

My research group uses both advanced experimental (microscopic, molecular, omic) tools as well as computational (agent and continuum models) approaches to study fundamental and applied microbial ecological questions, with a focus on mixed microbial communities within environmental engineering application.

This translates in an seemingly wide range of research topics: new biotechnological processes for water purification and used water treatment; the engineered nitrogen cycle: applications and fundamentals with focus on autotrophic processes, laughing gas, anammox; link between community dynamics and system performance and stability; bacterial adhesion & biofilm formation; bioelectrochemical systems, horizontal gene transfer in microbial communities and the fate of ARGs; mathematical modelling of microbial processes and interactions; new biofilm/bioaggregate based reactors; the new wastewater management paradigm.

I coordinate the METLab ( ) research team and the Microbial Ecology Research Group ( My official webpage is .


Academic grades

Ph. D. in Environmental Engineering and Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 1993

M. Sc. in Agricultural Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium, 1987

Professional experience

1988 - 1992 Res. Assistant - University of Illinois, Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering
1993 - 1994 Asst. Professor/Res. Associate - Clemson University, ÙSA, Dept. Environmental Systems Engineering
1995 - 2004 Asst./Assoc. Professor - University of Connecticut, USA, Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering

International experience

Employment & Work Experience in USA, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary

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  • Water Research

    ISSNs: 0043-1354, 0043-1354

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1879-2448

    Pergamon, United Kingdom

    BFI (2015): BFI-level 2, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

    Central database


  • Environmental Science & Technology (Washington)

    ISSNs: 0013-936X, 0013-936x, 1520-5851

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1520-5851

    American Chemical Society, United States

    BFI (2015): BFI-level 2, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

    Central database


  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology

    ISSNs: 0099-2240, 0099-2240

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1070-6291

    American Society for Microbiology, United States

    BFI (2015): BFI-level 2, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

    Central database


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