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MSc. Aleksandra Ilic


Thesis topic:

Bioavailability and species transformations of micronutrients in (bio)reactors used for resource recovery and water reuse


Trace elements, such as Co, Ni and Fe are crucial constituents of enzymes, and as such, they affect the metabolism of microorganisms in anaerobic reactors. When trace elements deficiency is present, the proper synthesis of enzymes can be hindered, resulting in lower microbial activity and thus decreased methane production. Even though in practice, trace elements are often present in sufficient amounts, but the metal fraction that is bioavailable to the microorganisms is comparably small due to precipitation of metals in the anaerobic systems.


The objective of this topic is to find the most appropriate method to measure bioavailable metals in the anaerobic sludges and relate it to their microbial activity. Furthermore, the goal is to be able to predict if metal deficiency is present, based on the chosen method. For that, different techniques such as diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) and ultrafiltration will be tested and also a deeper insight into fractionation of metals depending on the operational parameters will be investigated.

Other area of interest

  • Water reuse
  • Anaerobic treatment of wastewater
  • Characterization of a xylenol-degrading Burkholderia sp.
  • Wetlands and Planted Fixed Bed Reactor, UFZ Leipzig


  • 2016 - present: ICT Prague, Department of Water technology and environmental engineering, PhD. Student as part of the SuPER-W Program
  • 2012 – 2015: Dresden University of Technology, Germany, master course: Hydro Science and Engineering
  • 2007 – 2012: University of Belgrade, Serbia, bachelor studies: Environmental Chemist
  • 2006-2007: Oklahoma Christian School, High School Degree, USA
  • 2003-2006: 5th Belgrade Gymnasium, Serbia

Participation on teaching

  • 2018 Supervision of high school students for their student project
  • 2009 Participation on Festival of Sciences, Serbia
Updated: 30.5.2019 13:24, Author: Lucie Pokorná


Doc. Ing. Jan Bartáček, PhD.

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