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Dr. rer. agr. Christiane Herrmann

Speaker PA 'Residue management'; Head of WG 'Environmental biotechnology'

Department: Microbiome Biotechnology

Telefon: +49 (0)331 5699 231
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Program areas

Research areas

  • Anaerobic digestion of organic by-products and residues and crop feedstocks
  • Bioprocess optimisation and development of feedstock-adapted anaerobic digestion technologies
  • Preservation and storage of biomass for biogas production
  • Crop rotations and cropping systems for the production of biogas crops
  • Energetic utilisation of semi-natural grassland
  • Evaluation of biomass supply chains

Scientific activities

  • Guest Editor of the research topic "Advanced Biofuel Production and Cascading Bioenergy Systems", Frontiers in Energy Research
  • Member of the KTBL working group "Gas yields"
  • Member of the VDLUFA/KTBL working group intelaboratory study biogas (since 2017)
  • FNR/KTBL programme committee member for the congress "Biogas in agriculture - state and perspectives" (2016-2017, 2018-2019, 2020-2021, 2022-2023)
  • Member of the guideline committee of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) – VDI 4630 Fermentation of organic materials



Veröffentlichungen vor ATB-Zugehörigkeit

E. Allen, D. Wall, C. Herrmann, J.D. Murphy (2016). A detailed assessment of variation in biomethane potential of first, second and third Generation substrates. Renewable Energy 87, 656-665.

A. Xia, A. Jacob, C. Herrmann, J.D. Murphy (2016). Fermentative biohydrogen production from galactose. Energy 96, 346-354.

C. Herrmann, J. FitzGerald, R. O’Shea, A. Xia, P. O’Kiely, J.D. Murphy (2015). Ensiling of seaweed for a seaweed biofuel industry. Bioresource Technology 196, 301-313.

A. Xia, A. Jacob, C. Herrmann, M.R. Tabassum, J.D. Murphy (2015). Production of hydrogen, ethanol and volatile fatty acids from the seaweed carbohydrate mannitol. Bioresource Technology 193, 488-497.

D.M. Wall, B. Straccialini, A. Ellen, P. Nolan, C. Herrmann, P. O’Kiely, J.D. Murphy (2015). Investigation of the effect of particle size and rumen fluid addition on specific methane yields of high lignocellulose grass silage. Bioresource Technology 192, 266-271.

A. Xia, C. Herrmann, J.D. Murphy (2015). How do we optimize third-generation algal biofuels? Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 9, 358-367; DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1550.

E. Allen, D.M. Wall, C. Herrmann, A. Xia, J.D. Murphy (2015). What is the gross energy yield of third generation gaseous biofuel sourced from seaweed? Energy 81, 352-360.

E. Allen, D.M. Wall, C. Herrmann, J.D. Murphy (2014). Investigation of the optimal percentage of green seaweed that may be co-digested with dairy slurry to produce gaseous biofuel. Bioresource Technology 170, 436-444.

Curriculum Vitae

since 01/2016
Research Scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy e.V. (ATB)
Department of Bioengineering

06/2015 - 12/2015
Research Scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim
Department of Technology Assessment and Substance Cycles

01/2014 - 05/2015
Post-Doctoral Researcher at University College Cork, Ireland
Environmental Research Institute
Bioenergy and Biofuels Research Group 

08/2005 - 01/2014
PhD and Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim
Department of Technology Assessment and Substance Cycles

06/2010: Doctoral degree in Agricultural Science at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture
PhD thesis: ‘Harvest and ensiling of crop feedstock for biomethanation – process principles and evaluation’ 

11/2004 - 07/2005
Research associate at Saxon State Institute for Agriculture, Leipzig,  Germany
Department of Crop Production       

10/2002 - 10/2003
Research associate at VTI Thuringian Institute for Environmental Process Engineering and Energy
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering 

10/1999 – 09/2002
Student of Environmental Engineering at the Saxon University of Cooperative Education, Riesa, Germany
Dipl.-Ing. degree in Environmental Engineering (German equivalent to M.Eng.)