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Prof. Jana Zábranská

E-mail: jana.zabranska@vscht.cz
Phone: +420 220 443 153
Room: B 115
Fax.: +420 220 444305


  • 2004 – appointed as professor for specialisation Water technology, ICT Prague
  • 1994 - habilitated to associate professor, specialisation: Water technology, habilitation thesis topic 
  • 1969 – CSc. – dissertation thesis „Effects of heavy metals on activated sludge“
  • 1964 – Master of Sciences in chemistry, Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague
  • 1959 – graduated high school JSŠ Prague 3
  • „Activity of anaerobic microorganisms and its technological significance“
  • 2004 – professor, Department of Water and Environmental Engineering,, ICT Prague
  • 1995 - 2003 associate professor, Department of Water Technology and Environmental Engineering, ICT Prague
  • 1974 - 1994 lecturer, Department of Water Technology and Environmental Engineering, ICT Prague
  • 1968 - 1974 researcher, Department of Water Technology, ICT Prague
  • 1964 - 1965 Hygienic station of Prague City, head of chemical laboratory, department of regional hygiene


Anaerobic technology – application to sludge in treatment plants, waste water treatment, production of biogas from biowaste and organic materials, anaerobic fermentation of local waste, biogas station, agricultural waste, plant biomass, biological removal of sulphane from biogas and denitrification with suphides. 

Research projects:

  • Projekt TAČR TK01030050 - Biomethanizace oxidu uhličitého na biomethan s využitím vodíku. Doba řešení : 2018 - 2023
  • Project TAČR č.TA01020798 - Comprehensive biotechnology related to the removal of hydrogen sulfide from biogas and nutrients from wastewater to sewage treatment plants, biogas plants and similar technological units, the period from 2011 to 2014.
  • The research and development of the MIT "TIP" - FR-TI1/327. Topic: Development of desulfurization biofilter for cleaning biogas, the period 2009 - 2013 period.
  • Project QI92A286 Increased production of biogas from biomass using anaerobic fungi period 2009 - 2012.
  • Project No. MPO FI-IM5/183 Dry fermentation of biomass and sorted biodegradable waste to energy self-realization of biogas to produce electricity, the period from 2008 to 2010.
  • The project GACR 104/05/2501 Study of biological conversion of sulfur compounds for use in Environmental Technology. Time Research conducted in 2005 - 2007.
  • The project GACR 104/05/0798 Anaerobic waste treatment technology with high protein content, time Research conducted in 2005 - 2007.
  • Project QD1069 - Minimize the amount of produced sewage sludge (2001-2005, MA / QD) Period 2001-2005.


  • Andreides D., Pokorna D., Zabranska J. 2022. Assessing the syngas biomethanation in anaerobic sludge digestion under different syngas loading rates and homogenisation. Fuel, accepted
  • Andreides, D., Fliegerova, K.O., Pokorna, D., Zabranska, J. 2021. Biological conversion of carbon monoxide and hydrogen by anaerobic culture: Prospect of combination anaerobic digestion and thermochemical processes. Biotechnol. Adv., 107886. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biotechadv.2021.107886
  • Andreides, D.;  Bautista Quispe, J. I.;  Bartackova, J.;  Pokorna, D.; Zabranska, J., A novel two-stage process for biological conversion of syngas to biomethane. Bioresource Technology 2021, 327, 124811.
  • Andreides, D.;  Varga, Z.;  Pokorna, D.; Zabranska, J., Performance evaluation of sulfide-based autotrophic denitrification for petrochemical industry wastewater. Journal of Water Process Engineering 2020, 40, 101834.
  • Pokorna, D., Varga, Z., Zabranska, J.: Biomethanation of CO2 with electrolytic hydrogen by hydrogenotrophic methanogens (2019). New Biotechnology 44, 10.1016/j.nbt.2018.05.1048
  • Pokorna, D., Varga, Z., Andreides, D., Zabranska, J.: Adaptation of anaerobic culture to bioconversion of carbon dioxide with hydrogen to biomethane. Renewable Energy. 142, 167 – 172, 2019
  • Moeller, L., Zehnsdorf, A., Pokorná, D., Zábranská, J.: Foam formation in Anaerobic Digesters. Advances in Bioenergy, Vol. 3, 1 – 43,  Chapter 1, doi.org/10.1016/bs.aibe.2018.02.001, Elsevier 2018, ISSN 2468-0125, ISBN 978-0-12-815199-0
  • Zabranska J., Pokorna D.:  Bioconversion of carbon dioxide to methane using hydrogen and hydrogenotrophic methanogens. 2018. Biotechnology Advances . DOI 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2017.12.003
  • Pokorna D., Zabranska J.: Sulfur-oxidizing bacteria in environmental technology, Biotechnology Advances, 33 (2015), pp. 1246-1259.
  • Pokorna D., Carceller J.M., Paclik L., Zabranska J.: Biogas Cleaning by Hydrogen Sulfide Scrubbing and Bio-oxidation of Captured Sulfides (2015). Energy & Fuels 29, 4058-4065, DOI:10.1021/ef502804j
  • Pokorna D., Maca J., Zabranska J., 2013. Combination of Hydrogen Sulphide Removal from Biogas and Nitrogen Removal from Wastewater. Journal of Residuals Science & Technology 10(1), 41-46.
  • Jenicek, P., Koubova, J., Bindzar, J., Zabranska, J., 2010. Advantages of anaerobic digestion of sludge in microaerobic conditions. Water Science and Technology 62, 427-434.
  • Zabranska J., Jenicek P., Kutil J., Dohanyos M. (2009) Intensification of Anaerobic Sludge Digestion towards the Energy Self-Sufficiency of Municipal Wastewater Treatment. Water 21, 12/2009, 25.
  • Zábranská J., Dohányos M., Jeníček P., Kutil J. (2006) Disintegration of excess activated sludge – evaluation and experience of full-scale applications. Water Science and Technology, Vol. 53. No 12,  pp 229-236
  • Straka, F., Dohányos, M., Zábranská, J., Dědek, J., Malijevský, A., Novák, J., Oldřich, J. (2006). Bioplyn, 2.přepracované a doplněné vydání ( kapitoly 2.5 – 2.7, 5.5, 5.6), GAS s.r.o. Říčany, ISBN 80-7328-029-9. 
  • Dohányos M., Zábranská J., Kutil, J., Jeníček, P. (2004). Improvement of anaerobic digestion of sludge. Water Science and Technology, Vol. 49. No 10,  pp 89-96.
  • Zábranská J., Dohányos M., Jeníček P., Zaplatílková P., Kutil J. (2002) The contribution of thermophilic anaerobic digestion to the stable operation of wastewater treatment plant. Water Sci. Technol, 46, 4-5, 447-453, ISBN 1 84339 423 5.
  • Dohanyos M., Zabranska J.,. Jenicek P., Stepova J., Kutil V., Horejs J. (2000) The intensification of sludge digestion by the disintegration of activated sludge and the thermal conditioning of digested sludge. Water Sci. Technol., 42, 9, 57-64. ISBN 1 900222 43 4.
  • Zábranská J., Dohányos M., Jeníček P., Kutil J. (2000) Thermophilic process and enhancement of excess activated sludge  degradability – two ways of intensification of sludge treatment in the Prague Central Treatment Plant. Water Science & Technology, 41(9), 265-272, ISSBN 0273 1223.
  • Dohányos M., Zábranská J., Jeníček P. (1997) Innovative technology for the improvement of the anaerobic methane fermentation. Water Sci. Technol., 36, 6-7, 333-340.
  • Dohányos M., Zábranská J., Jeníček P. (1997) Enhancement of sludge anaerobic digestion by use of a special thickening centrifuge. Water Sci. Technol., 36, 11, 145-153.
Updated: 21.3.2022 08:21, Author: Lucie Pokorná

PhD. students

MSc. Zdeněk Varga



  • Anaerobic waste water treatment processes 
  • Technology of production of biogas and biohydrogen

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