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Mag. biol. Mag. biol. Dr. techn. Simon Rittmann

Room: 1.118
1090 Wien, Althanstraße 14 (UZA I)
T: +43-1-4277-76513
F: +43-1-4277-876513
simon.rittmann(at)univie.ac.at

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RESEARCH INTERESTS


1.) Biotechnology of Archaea
with focus on
- biohydrogen and biomethane production
- anaerobic cultivation, fermentation and bioprocess development

2.) Physiology of Archaea
with a focus on
- metabolism of methanogens and other anaerobic Archaea
- regulation of metabolic reactions in halophilic Archaea and Thaumarchaeota


GROUP LEADER
Archaea Physiology and Biotechnology

Group Members:

Ruth-Sophie Taubner
Annalisa Abdel Azim
Barbara Reischl
Christian Pruckner

Former Members: Philipp Kolar, Michael Melcher

CURRICULUM VITAE


WORK EXPERIENCE

Since 01/2014

Assistant Professor, Post Doc, University of Vienna, Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics Division, Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology, Vienna, Austria

11/2012 - 12/2013

Post Doc - Krajete GmbH, Linz, Austria

10/2009 - 12/2012

"Development of an optimized application portfolio of biological methanogenesis", FFG Project, No. 830003, Department of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

02/2007 - 04/2009

Research Assistant, Intercell AG, Department of Molecular Microbiology, Vienna, Austria

01/2006 - 11/2006

“Cropgen” - Renewable energy from crops and agrowastes, EU project, Institute of Applied Microbiology, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

05/2003 - 04/2004

“Halobakterien aus permischem Salz”, FWF Project: P 13995, Institute of Genetics and General Biology, Faculty of NaturalSciences, University of Salzburg, Austria

EDUCATION

04/2013

Graduation: Dr. techn.
Doktor der Technischen Wissenschaften, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

10/2009 - 12/2012

Doctorate
"Bioprocess development and quantitative analysis of biomethane production and dark fermentative biohydrogen production”, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemistry, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

03/2009

Graduation with honours: MSc
Magister der Biologie, University of Salzburg, Austria

01/2008 - 01/2009

Diploma Study
“Overview on fermentative microorganisms capable of biohydrogen production - a putative comprehensive survey of literature", Department of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria

02/2006

Graduation with honours: MSc
Magister der Biologie, University of Salzburg, Austria

09/2004 - 10/2005

Diploma Study
"Identification of 14-3-3 isoforms in
Lilium longiflorum pollen”, Department of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria

03/2005 - 02/2006

University Studies
Magisterstudium: Botanik/Pflanzenbiologie, University of Salzburg, Austria

04/2003 - 03/2009

University Studies
Magisterstudium: Genetik/Biotechnologie, University of Salzburg, Austria

03/2003

Graduation: Bachelor
Bakkalaureus der Biologie, University of Salzburg, Austria

10/1999 - 03/2003

University Studies
Bakkalaureatstudium: Genetik/Molekularbiologie, University of Salzburg, Austria

09/1997 - 10/1999

Military Service
Education as Officer in the German Forces, Specialisation: Gebirgsjäger (mountain soldier), in Bad Reichenhall, Berchtesgaden and Mittenwald, Germany

07/1997

Matura

Rudolf-Steiner Schule, Salzburg, Austria

SCIENTIFIC EXPERIENCE
Publications (peer-reviewed)

15.)

Taubner RS, Rittmann SK (2016) Method for Indirect Quantification of CH4 via H2O Production Using Hydrogenotrophic Methanogens. Frontiers in Microbiology 7: 532. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00532.

14.)

Taubner RS, Schleper C, Firneis MG, Rittmann SK (2015) Assessing the Ecophysiology of Methanogens in the Context of Recent Astrobiologcial and Planetological Studies. Life 5(4) 1652–1686; doi:10.3390/life5041652.

13.)

Rittmann SK, Seifert A, Herwig C (2015) Essential prerequisites for successful bioprocess development of biological CH4 production from H2 and CO2. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology 35(2):141-151.

12.)

Rittmann SK, Lee HS, Lim JK, Kim TW, Kang SG (2015) One-carbon substrate-based biohydrogen production: Microbes, mechanism, and productivity. Biotechnology Advances 33: 165-177.

11.)

Bernacchi S, Rittmann S, Seifert AH, Krajete A, Herwig C (2014) Experimental methods for screening parameters influencing the growth to product yield (Y(x/CH4)) for a biological methane production (BMP) process performed with Methanothermobacter marburgensis. AIMS Bioengineering 1(2): 72-87.

10.)

Stieglmeier M, Klingl A, Alves RJE, Rittmann SK, Melcher M, Leisch N, Schleper C (2014) Nitrososphaera viennensis sp. nov., an aerobic and mesophilic ammonia oxidizing archaeon from soil and member of the novel archaeal phylum Thaumarchaeota. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 64: 2738–2752.

9.)

Seifert A, Rittmann S, Herwig C (2014) Analysis of process related factors to increase volumetric productivity and quality of biomethane with Methanothermobacter marburgensis. Applied Energy 132: 155-162.

8.)

Rittmann S, Holubar P (2014) Rapid extraction of total RNA from anaerobic sludge biocoenosis. Folia Microbiologica (Praha) 59: 127-132.

7.)

Martinez-Porqueraz E, Rittmann S, Herwig C (2013) Analysis of H2 to CO2 yield and physiological key parameters of Enterobacter aerogenes and Caldicellulosiruptor saccharolyticus. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 38: 10245-10251.

6.)

Seifert A, Rittmann S, Bernacchi S, Herwig C (2013) Method for assessing the impact of industrial flue gasses on CH4 production with Methanothermobacter marburgensis. Bioresource Technology 136: 747-751.

5.)

Spadiut O, Rittmann S, Dietzsch C, Herwig C (2013) Dynamic process conditions in bioprocess development. Engineering in Life Sciences 13: 88-101.

4.)

Rittmann S, Herwig C (2012) A comprehensive and quantitative review of dark fermentative biohydrogen production. Microbial Cell Factories 11: 115.

3.)

Martinez-Porqueras E, Rittmann S, Herwig C (2012) Biofuels and CO2 neutrality: an opportunity. Biofuels 3(4): 413-426.

2.)

Rittmann S, Seifert A, Herwig C (2012) Quantitative analysis of media dilution rate effects on Methanothermobacter marburgensis grown in continuous culture on H2 and CO2. Biomass and Bioenergy 36: 293-301.

1.)

Pertl H, Rittmann S, Schulze W, Obermeyer G (2011) Identification of lily pollen 14-3-3 isoforms and their subcellular and time-dependent expression profile. Biological Chemistry 392(3): 249-62.

Book chapters

Rittmann SK (2015) A critical assessment of microbiological biogas to biomethane upgrading systems, In: Gübitz GM, Bauer A, Bochmann G, Gronauer A, Weiss S. Biogas Science and Technology, Series: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology 151: 117-135.

Other publications

Rittmann SK, Seifert AH, Krajete A (2014) Biomethanisierung – ein Prozess zur Ermöglichung der Energiewende? BIOspektrum 20(7): 816-817. DOI: 10.1007/s12268-014.

Patents

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Krajete A, Herwig C, Rittmann SK, Seifert A, Bernacchi S (2014) Method and system for producing methane using methanogenic microorganisms and applying specific nitrogen concentrations in the liquid phase, WO2014/128300-A1

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Krajete A, Herwig C, Rittmann S, Seifert A (2014) Method and system for producing methane using high gas feed rates, WO2014009026-A1

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Herwig C, Rittmann S, Lorantfy B, Jazini M, Henssen G, Pohl W (2013) Method for the reduction of total organic carbon in hypersaline water, WO2013124375-A3

Invited lectures

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Rittmann SK. Archaea Biotechnology – Biomethanation of H2 and CO2 to CH4, Nanotech ITALY, 25.11.2015-27.11.15, Bologna, Italy

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Rittmann SK, Bernacchi S, Seifert A, Krajete A. Neueste Entwicklungen im Bereich der Biologischen Methanisierung, Fachforum Biologische Methanisierung, 11.11.2015, Regensburg, Germany

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Rittmann SK, Taubner RS, Schleper C. Progress in Archaea Biotechnology - biohydrogen and biomethane production, Institute of Microbiology, 26.03.2015, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Presentations (selection)

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Taubner RS, Rittmann SK. 2015, Method for determination of methane production via water production using hydrogenotrophic methanogens; 9th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM 9) 25.06.15-27.06.15, Portorož, Slovenia, ISBN: 978-961-6204-71-2.

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Bernacchi S, Seifert A, Krajete A, Rittmann S. Anwendungen der Methanogenese zur Biogasveredelung und Stromspeicherung, Biogas13, 04.12.13-05.12.13, St. Pölten, Austria.

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Rittmann S., Seifert A., Krajete A. Bioprocess development for thermophilic biological methane production from H and CO, 12 International Meeting Thermophiles, 08.09.13-13.09.13, Regensburg, Germany.

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Bernacchi S., Seifert A., Rittmann S., Krajete A. Biological methanogenesis for intermittent power storage, 2. Forum Power to Gas – Integration von Biogasanlagen & Biologische Methanisierung, 10.09.2013, Regensburg, Germany.

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Rittmann S, Seifert A, Bernacchi S. Prerequisites for pure culture biological methane production – a case study with Methanothermobacter marburgensis, 8th International Symposium on Anaerobic Microbiology (ISAM 8), 12.06.2013-15.06.2013, Innsbruck, Austria, ISBN:978-3-902936-03-5.

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