School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Anke Neumann

Lecturer in Environmental Engineering


I am an environmental chemist, investigating mineral redox reactions and how these processes impact water quality. I joined the Environmental Engineering group as a lecturer in 2014 and specialise in research into iron (bio)geochemistry, contaminant transformation and water sustainability. Working at the interface of environmental science/engineering and geochemistry, my research bridges the gap between mechanistic understanding of iron redox processes at the micro- to nanoscale and their practical application for protecting and enhancing the quality and sustainability of water and the environment. Details of current projects can be found on the Neumann Research Group website.

Within the Environmental Engineering group, I organize the research seminar series. For past, present, and future seminars, visit this website.

Research Experience

2011-2013   Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, IA, USA

2011            Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department Water Resources and Drinking Water, Eawag, Switzerland

2009-2011   Freelance Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Bangladesh, in cooperation with the Department 

                    Water Resources and Drinking Water, Eawag, Switzerland

2008-2009   Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


2009    PhD (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich)    Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2004    MSc (Dipl. Chem. ETH)      Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2001    Vordiplom                            Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Rostock,


Geochemical Society (2010-)
Mineralogical Society (2014-)
American Chemical Society (2014-)
Clay Minerals Society (2016-)

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Research Interests

My research focuses on redox processes at the mineral-water interface and how these processes impact water quality. My work spans the broad range from understanding fundamental mechanisms of electron transfer to application of redox processes for contaminant transformation or removal, both in natural and engineered environments. Working at the interface of environmental engineering, soil science, and (bio)geochemistry, I am eager to address emerging and transdisciplinary questions related to water sustainability.

My current specific research interests include

* redox reactions in complex biogeochemical environments;

* effects of fluctuating redox conditions on Fe mineral reactivity;

* implications of Fe(II)-induced processes at minerals for contaminant transformation.

To address these research themes, my group uses a variety of techniques to analyze organic and inorganic species in aqueous phase (HPLC, GC-MS, GC-FID, ICP-MS), to characterize mineral phases (infrared spectroscopy - ATR-IR, DRIFT, X-ray diffraction - XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy, electron microscopy - SEM, TEM), and stable isotopes as process tracers. 

Funded Projects

Biologically mediated abiotic degradation of chlorinated ethenes: A new conceptual framework (2015-2018), Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), US Department of Defense (DoD), US Department of Energy (DoE), and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Co-PI; PI: Michelle Scherer, Co-PIs: David Cwiertny, Drew Latta, Rula Deeb, Deepa Ghandi; USD 137,951 to Newcastle, total award USD 885,060)

Cleaning water with mud: clay minerals producing reactive oxidizing species (2015-2017), EPSRC Bright IDEAS award, PI, £280,605 FEC; £224,484 RC contribution

Fe(II)-Fe(III) electron transfer at Fe-containing clay minerals and its effect on Hg(II) and Cr(VI) transformation (2011-2013), SNSF Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2012: CHF 55,000), DGF Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2013: €42,377)

Arsenic removal with composite iron matrix filters from Bangladesh (2011), Matching funds from the Eawag Discretionary Funds, PIs: Hug, S. J.; Kaegi, R.; Voegelin, A.; co-written by Neumann; CHF 36,000

Factors affecting arsenic removal with SONO filters (2009-2011), Jeunes Chercheurs program, Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE): CHF 19,300; Cooperation Office Bangladesh, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC): BDT 899,000


Environmental Science & Technology, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Chemical Geology, Chemosphere, Clay Minerals, Clays and Clay Minerals


Module Leader:

CEG8111 - Environmental Fate of Contaminants

Contributions to:

CEG3004 - Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project

CEG8101 - Core Concepts in Environmental Engineering (2014-16)

CEG8106 - Groundwater Contamination and Remediation

CEG8107 - Environmental Engineering for Developing Countries

CEG8634 - Environmental Analytical Geochemistry (2016)