Eric van Hullebusch Prof.

Professor of Environmental Science and Technology


Eric D. van Hullebusch received his PhD (Aquatic Chemistry and Microbiology) from Universite de Limoges (France) in 2002. His PhD research focused on the study of the fate, mobility and environmental impact of metals (copper and aluminium) used for the chemical treatment of eutrophic lakes. From November 2002 until October 2004 he was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow at Wageningen University (the Netherlands) where his research focused on the optimization of anaerobic granular sludge reactors by studying the speciation, bioavailability and dosing strategies of trace metals. In November 2004 he became assistant professor at Universite de Limoges (France) and in September 2005, he was appointed as associate professor in biogeochemistry of engineered ecosystems at Universite Paris-Est (France).

In March 2012, Eric van Hullebusch obtained his Habilitation qualification in Environmental Sciences from Universite Paris-Est. The title of his Habilitation thesis is “Biofilms in the environment: from anaerobic wastewater treatment to material bioweathering”.

In September 2016, he joined IHE Delft as chair professor in Environmental Science and Technology.

Eric van Hullebusch has a significant experience in teaching at MSc level mainly in environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry, environmental geochemistry, environmental microbiology, biological wastewater treatment and biological organic waste treatment.

Before joining IHE Delft, his research activities mainly focused on the three following topics :

Study of metals and metalloids biogeochemistry in engineered ecosystems (e.g. bioreactors) mainly dedicated to wastewater treatment for pollution control and resource recovery, Investigation of the role of living organisms on the weathering of materials and minerals (concrete materials, metal sulfides and wastes such as metallurgical wastes for resource recovery,....), Soil remediation (advanced oxidation processes, combination of soil washing and bioremediation).

Eric van Hullebusch has been involved in several international projects. From September 2010 until August 2014 he was coordinator of the IRSES FP7 EU project MINPOLLCONTROL (Mining wastes bio/weathering, pollution control and monitoring) involving IHE Delft and two Brazilian partners.

Also, he was lately mainly involved in the coordination of 2 joint PhD programmes. The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate ETeCoS3 (The Environmental Technologies for Contaminated Solids, Soils and Sediments) and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie - ITN European Joint Doctorate ABWET (Advanced Biological Waste-to-Energy Technologies).

Eric van Hullebusch is currently coordinating the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree IMETE (International Master of Science in Environmental Technology and Engineering)

Eric van Hullebusch has published about 179 peer-reviewed papers since 2002 (h-index 31 and about 3200 citations – Source Scopus).

Research Summary

My main current research interests are focusing on developing ecotechnologies

1. Natural systems for the treatment of, and resource recovery from, domestic waste water, with an emphasis on nutrient cycles and related biological processes;

2. Solid organic waste management and resource recovery (bioenergy, biochar, compost, gas treatment)

3. Solid hazardous waste management and resource recovery (critical elements selective recovery)


  Full publications list available from Research Gate

Recent publications


  1. • Herisson J., Gueguen-Minerbe M., van Hullebusch E.D., Chaussadent T. (2017) Influence of the binder on the behaviour of mortars exposed to H2S in sewer networks: a long-term durability study. Materials and Structures,  50: 8 (impact factor in 2016 = 2.453).
  2. • Sethurajan M., Huguenot D., Jain R., Lens P.N.L., Horn H.A., Figueiredo L.H.A., van Hullebusch E.D. (2017) Leaching and selective zinc recovery from acidic leachates of zinc metallurgical leach residues, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 324, 71–82 (impact factor in 2016 = 4.836).
  3. • Riggio S., Torrijos M., Debord R., Esposito G., van Hullebusch E.D., Steyer J.P., Escudie R. (2017)  Mesophilic anaerobic digestion of several types of spent livestock bedding in a batch leach-bed reactor: substrate characterization and process performance, Waste Management, 59, 129–139 (impact factor in 2016 = 3.829).
  4. • Ding Z., Ventorino V., Panico A., Pepe O., van Hullebusch E.D., Pirozzi F., Bourven I., Guibaud G., Esposito G. (2017) Enrichment of Anammox biomass from different seeding sludge: process strategy and microbial diversity, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 228:10 (impact factor in 2016 = 1.551).
  5. • Mal J., Nancharaiah Y.V., Maheshwari N., van Hullebusch E.D., Lens P.N.L. (2017) Continuous removal and recovery of tellurium in an upflow anaerobic granular sludge bed reactor, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 327, 79-88 (impact factor in 2016 = 4.836).
  6. • Trellu C., Miltner A., Gallo R., Huguenot D., van Hullebusch E.D., Esposito G., Oturan M.A., Kastner M. (2017) Characteristics of PAH tar oil contaminated soils - black particles, resins and implications for treatment strategies, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 327, 206–215 (impact factor in 2016 = 4.836).
  7. • Mal J., Nancharaiah Y.V., van Hullebusch E.D., Lens P.N.L. (2017) Biological removal of selenate and ammonium by activated sludge in a sequencing batch reactor, Bioresource Technology, 229, 11–19  (impact factor in 2016 = 4.917).
  8. • Mal J., Veneman W.J., Nancharaiah Y.V., van Hullebusch E.D., Peijnenburg W.J.G.M., Vijver M.G., Lens P.N.L. (2017) A comparison of fate and toxicity of selenite, biogenically and chemically synthesized selenium nanoparticles to the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryogenesis,  Nanotoxicology, 11(1), 87-97 (impact factor in 2016 =  7.913). 
  9. • Sethurajan M., Lens P.N.L., Rene E.R., van de Vossenberg J., Huguenot D.,  Horn H.A., Figueiredo L.H.A., van Hullebusch E.D. (2017) Bioleaching and selective biorecovery of zinc from zinc metallurgical leach residues from the Tres Marias zinc plant (Minas Gerais, Brazil), Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 92 (3), 512–521  (impact factor in 2016 = 2.738).
  10. • Riggio S., Torrijos M., Vives G.., Esposito G., van Hullebusch E.D., Steyer J.P., Escudie R. (2017) Leachate flush strategies for managing volatile fatty acids accumulation in leach-bed reactors, Bioresource Technology, 232, 93–102 (impact factor in 2016 = 4.917).
  11. • Ganiyu S.O., Thi Xuan Huong Le, Bechelany M., Esposito E., van Hullebusch E.D., Oturan M.A., Cretin M. (2017) Hierarchical CoFe-Layered Double Hydroxide Modified Carbon-felt Cathode for Heterogeneous Electro-Fenton process, Journal of Materials Chemistry A5, 3655-3666 (impact factor in 2016 = 8.262).
  12. • Kiskira K., Papirio S., van Hullebusch E.D., Esposito G. (2017) Ferrous iron mediated autotrophic denitrification: A new bioprocess for iron bioprecipitation/biorecovery and simultaneous treatment of nitrate-containing wastewaters, International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 119, 631–648 (impact factor in 2016 = 2.429).
  13. • Potysz A., Grybos M., Kierczak J., Guibaud G., Fondaneche P., Lens P.N.L., van Hullebusch E.D. (2017) Metal Mobilization from metallurgical wastes by soil organic acids, Chemosphere, 178, 197–211 (impact factor in 2016 = 3.698).
  14. • Riggio S., Hernandez-Shek M.A., Torrijos M., Vives G.., Esposito G., van Hullebusch E.D., Steyer J.P., Escudie R. (2017) Comparison of the mesophilic and thermophilic anaerobic digestion of spent cow bedding in leach-bed reactors Bioresource Technology, 234, 466–471 (impact factor in 2016 = 4.917).
  15. • Cao F., Bourven I., Lens P.N.L., van Hullebusch E.D., Pechaud Y., Guibaud G. (2017) Hydrophobic features of EPS extracted from anaerobic granular sludge : an analytical approach based on DAX-8 resin fractionation and size exclusion chromatography, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 101 (8), 3427–3438 (impact factor in 2015 = 3.376).
  16. • Trellu C., Oturan N., Pechaud Y., van Hullebusch E.D., Esposito G., Oturan M.A. (2017) Anodic oxidation of surfactants and organic compounds entrapped in micelles - Selective degradation mechanisms and soil washing solution reuse, Water Research, 118, 1-11 (impact factor in 2016 = 5.991).
  17.  Mal J., Nancharaiah Y.V., Bera S., Maheshwari N., van Hullebusch E.D., Lens P.N.L. (2017) Biosynthesis of CdSe nanoparticles by anaerobic granular sludge, Environmental Science: Nano4, 824-833  (impact factor in 2016 = 5.896). 
  18. • Di Capua F., Milone I., Lakaniemi A.-M., van Hullebusch E.D., Lens P.N.L., Esposito G. (2017) Effects of different nickel species on autotrophic denitrification driven by thiosulfate in batch tests and a fluidized-bed reactor,  238, 534-541, Bioresource Technology  (impact factor in 2016 = 4.917).
  19. • Lukic B., Panico A., Huguenot D., Fabbricino M., van Hullebusch E.D., Esposito G. (2017) A Review on the Efficiency of Landfarming Integrated with Composting as a Soil Remediation TreatmentEnvironmental Technology Reviews, 6(1), 94-116  (no impact factor in 2016).
  20. • Ganiyu S.O., Oturan N., Raffy S., Esposito G., van Hullebusch E.D., Cretin M., Oturan M.A. (2017)  Use of Sub-stoichiometric Titanium Oxide as a Ceramic Electrode in Anodic Oxidation and Electro-Fenton Degradation of the Beta-blocker Propranolol: Degradation Kinetics and Mineralization PathwayElectrochimica Acta, 242, 344–354 (impact factor in 2016 = 4.803). 
  21. • Cao F., Bourven I., van Hullebusch E.D., Pechaud Y., Lens P.N.L., Guibaud G. (2017) Hydrophobic molecular features of EPS extracted from anaerobic granular sludge treating wastewater from a paper recycling plant, Process Biochemistry, 58, 266–275 (impact factor in 2016 = 2.529).
  22. • Isildar A., Rene E.R., van Hullebusch E.D., Lens P.N.L. (2017) Two-Step Leaching of Valuable Metals from Discarded Printed Circuit Boards, and Process Optimization Using Response Surface Methodology, Advances in Recycling and Waste Management, 2 (2) (no impact factor in 2016). 
  23. • Pino-Herrera D.O., Pechaud Y., Huguenot D., Esposito G., van Hullebusch E.D., Oturan M.A. (2017) Removal mechanisms in aerobic slurry bioreactors for remediation of soils and sediments polluted with hydrophobic organic compounds: An overview, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 339,  427-449  (impact factor in 2016 = 4.836).
  24. • Espinosa-Ortiz E.J., Rene E.R., Guyot F., van Hullebusch E.D., Lens P.N.L. (2017) Biomineralization of tellurium and selenium-tellurium nanoparticles by the white-rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporiumInternational Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 124,  Pages 258-266 (impact factor in 2016 = 2.429). 
  25. • Ferraro A., Fabbricino M., van Hullebusch E.D., Esposito G., (2017)  Investigation of different ethylenediamine-N,N′-disuccinic acid-enhanced washing configurations for remediation of a Cu-contaminated soil: process kinetics and efficiency comparison between single-stage and multi-stage configurations, Environmental Science and Pollution Research24 (27), 21960–21972 (impact factor in 2016 = 2.760). 
  26. • Kiskira K., Papirio S., van Hullebusch E.D., Esposito G. (2017) Influence of pH, EDTA/Fe(II) ratio, and microbial culture on Fe(II)-mediated autotrophic denitrification. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 24 (26), 21323–21333 (impact factor in 2016 = 2.760). 
  27. • Asokbunyarat V., van Hullebusch E.D., Lens P.N.L., Annachhatre A.P. (2017), Immobilization of Metal Ions from Acid Mine Drainage by Coal Bottom Ash, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution228:328 (impact factor in 2016 = 1.702).
  28. • Lukic B., Huguenot D., Panico A., van Hullebusch E.D., Esposito G. (2017) Influence of Activated Sewage Sludge Amendment on PAHs Removal Efficiency from a Naturally Contaminated Soil: Application of the Landfarming Treatment, Environmental Technology, 38 (23), 2988-2998 (impact factor in 2016  = 1.760).
  29. • Ding Z., Bourven I., van Hullebusch E.D., Panico A., Pirozzi F., Esposito G., Guibaud G., (2017) Quantitative and qualitative characterization of extracellular polymeric substances from Anammox enrichment, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 80, 738-746 (impact factor in 2016 =  4.217 ).
  30. • Pontoni L., Panico A., Matano A., van Hullebusch E.D., Fabbricino M., Esposito G., Pirozzi F. (2017) A modified sample preparation approach for the determination of the phenolic and humic-like substances in natural organic materials by the Folin Ciocalteu Method, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 65 (48), 10666–10672 (impact factor in 2016 = 3.154).


In press

  1. • Ganzenko O., Trellu C., Papirio S., Oturan N., Huguenot D., van Hullebusch E.D., Esposito G., Oturan M.A. (2018)  Bioelectro-Fenton: evaluation of a combined biological—advanced oxidation treatment for pharmaceutical wastewater, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, in press (impact factor in 2016 = 2.760). 
  2. • Isildar A., Rene E.R., van Hullebusch E.D., Lens P.N.L. (2018) Electronic waste as a secondary source of critical metals: Management and recovery technologies,  Resources, Conservation & Recycling,  in press (impact factor in 2016 = 3.313).
  3. •  Ganzenko O., Oturan N., Sires I.,  Huguenot D., van Hullebusch E.D., Esposito G., Oturan M.A. (2018) Fast and complete removal of the 5-fluorouracil drug from water by electro-Fenton oxidation, Environmental Chemistry Letters, in press (impact factor in 2016 = 3.594). 
  4. • Sethurajan M., Nancharaiah Y.V., van Hullebusch E.D. (2018)  Biotechnology in the management and resource recovery from metal bearing solid wastes: recent advances, accepted, Journal of Environmental Management (impact factor in 2016 = 4.010).
  5. • Tan L., Nancharaiah Y.V., van Hullebusch E.D., Lens P.N.L., (2018) Effect of elevated nitrate and sulfate concentrations on selenate removal by mesophilic anaerobic granular sludge bed reactors, in press, Environmental Science : Water Research & Technology  (impact factor in 2016 = 2.817).
  6. • Tan L., Espinosa-Ortiz E.J., Nancharaiah Y.V., van Hullebusch E.D., Gerlach R., Lens P.N.L., (2018) Selenate removal in biofilm systems: effect of nitrate and sulfate on selenium removal efficiency, biofilm structure and microbial community, accepted, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology  (impact factor in 2016 = 3.135).
  7. •  Bolanos V. et al. (2018) Assessing chromium mobility in natural surface waters: the colloidal contribution to isotopically exchangeable pool of chromium (EwCr-value), in revision,  Applied Geochemistry  (impact factor in 2016 = 2.581).

Book chapters

  1. • Jain R., Gonzalez G., Singh V., van Hullebusch E.D., Farges F., Lens P.N.L. (2014) Biogenic Selenium Nanoparticles: Production, Characterization and Challenges, ISBN: 1-62699-025-5 Book chapter published in Biotechnology Volume 10: Nanobiotechnology by Studium press LLC,  ISBN: 9781626990258.
  2. van Hullebusch E.D. and Pechaud Y. (2015) Role of natural and engineered biofilms composition on toxic inorganic contaminants immobilisation,  Chapter 11 p 281-306 Edited by Abhilash, B.D. Panday and K.A. Natarajan Published by CRC press book “Microbiology for Minerals, Metals, Materials and Environment (ISBN-978-1-4822-5729-8, Cat. No.K24089)”
  3. • Fermoso F. G., van Hullebusch E.D., Guibaud G., Collins G., Svensson B.H., Carliell-Marquet C., Vink J., Esposito G., Frunzo L. (2015) Fate of trace metals in anaerobic digestion, book chapter published in Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology  and the issue on Biogas Science and Technology Editors: Guebitz, G.M., Bauer, A., Bochmann, G., Gronauer, A., Weiss, S. (Eds.) 151, 171-195 (impact factor in 2014 = 2.6).
  4. •  Yin N.H., Lens P.N.L., Sivry Y. and van Hullebusch E.D. (2017) Lead and zinc metallurgical slags mineralogy and weathering, in Sustainable Heavy Metal Remediation. Volume 2: Case studies Eldon R. Rene, Erkan Sahinkaya, Alison Lewis, Piet N.L. Lens (Editors) Springer book, 133-160
  5. •  Sethurajan M., Lens P.N.L., Horn H.A., Figueiredo L.H.A. and van Hullebusch E.D. (2017) Leaching and recovery of metals, in Sustainable Heavy Metal Remediation. Volume 2: Case studies Eldon R. Rene, Erkan Sahinkaya, Alison Lewis, Piet N.L. Lens (Editors) Springer book, 161-206
  6. •  Vemic M., Bordas F., Guibaud G., Lens P.N.L. and van Hullebusch E.D. (2017) Leaching and recovery of molybdenum from spent catalysts, in  Sustainable Heavy Metal Remediation. Volume 2: Case studies Eldon R. Rene, Erkan Sahinkaya, Alison Lewis, Piet N.L. Lens (Editors) Springer book, 207-239
  7. •  Isildar A., van de Vossenberg J., Rene E.R., van Hullebusch E.D. and Lens P.N.L. (2017) Biorecovery of metals from electronic waste,  in Sustainable Heavy Metal Remediation. Volume 2: Case studies  Eldon R. Rene, Erkan Sahinkaya, Alison Lewis, Piet N.L. Lens (Editors) Springer book, 241-278
  8. •  Jain R., van Hullebusch E.D., Lenz M., Farges F. (2017) Understanding selenium biogeochemistry in engineered ecosystems: Transformation and analytical methods in Bioremediation of Selenium contaminated wastewaters, van Hullebusch E.D. (Ed.), Springer book, 33-56
  9. •  Staicu L., van Hullebusch E.D., Rittmann B.E., Lens P.N.L. (2017) Industrial selenium pollution: sources and biological treatment technologies in Bioremediation of Selenium contaminated wastewaters, van Hullebusch E.D. (Ed.)Springer book, 75-101
  10. •  Staicu L., van Hullebusch E.D.,  Lens P.N.L. (2017) Industrial selenium pollution: wastewaters and physical-chemical treatment technologies in Bioremediation of Selenium contaminated wastewaters, van Hullebusch E.D. (Ed.)Springer book, 103-130
  11. •  Cao F., Guibaud G., Bourven I., Pechaud Y., Lens P.N.L., van Hullebusch E.D. (2018) Role of Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) in Cell Surface Hydrophobicity in Microbial biofilms in bioremediation and wastewater treatment, Y.N. Nancharaiah and V.P. Venugopalan (Ed.), CRC press/Taylor & Francis Group, in press

Book Editor

  1. •  van Hullebusch E.D. (2017) Bioremediation of Selenium contaminated wastewaters, Springer Book, 130 pp.