Barth F. Smets

Barth F. Smets



Building: 115, 211

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: 45252230Mobile: 24217034Fax: 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 processes; 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, Japan,  China, South Korea, Hungary

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  • Water Research

    ISSNs: 0043-1354

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1879-2448

    I W A Publishing, United Kingdom

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 8.55 SJR 2.721 SNIP 2.426, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes, 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 (2020): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 7.38 SJR 2.514 SNIP 1.959, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

    Central database


  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology

    ISSNs: 0099-2240, 0099-2240

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1098-5336

    American Society for Microbiology, United States

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.18, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

    Central database


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