Jens Ejbye Schmidt

Jens Ejbye Schmidt


Program: Chemical Engineering
Phone number:  +971 2 810 9439 / +971 567 499 300 

Dr. Jens Ejbye Schmidt is professor in Biofuels (Chemical Engineering program) at Masdar Institute. Prior to his appointment at Masdar Institute, Dr. Schmidt was Head of the Bioenergy & Biorefinery Program at Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Dr. Schmidt was from 2000 to 2007 Head of the Wastewater Group, and Associate Professor at the Department of Environment & Resources DTU. 

He was Associate Professor in the Anaerobic Microbiology/Biotechnology Research Group, Department of Biotechnology/Department of Applied Chemistry, DTU from 1998 – 2000 and was acting head of the group during part of the period also.  

From 1994 – 1997 Dr. Schmidt worked as Assistant Research Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, DTU. 

Dr. Schmidt earned his PhD in Enviromental Biotechnology in 1993 from Department of Biotechnology, DTU University of Denmark. 

Dr. Schmidt is an internationally well-known researcher and has more than 150 scientific publications, book charters and conference proceedings within the area of environmental biotechnology and he is a member of the different editorial boards and international evaluation committees.

CHE505 - Systems Engineering

Advisor to Current Masdar Institute Students

  • Akinleye Olamilekan Sowunmi 
  • Fabian Bonk       
  • Chuanji Fang  (PhD)
  • Tomasz Bochenski (PhD)



The aim focus of the research of Dr. Schmidt is to develop new knowledge and technologies for the sustainable acquisition and conversion of biological resources to biofuels and high value products using biorefinery concepts. Main focus is on conversion of biomass, especially agricultural residues and waste from house hold and industry, for biofuels (bioethanol, biogas and biohydrogen) production for the transportation sector.

His research fields include the following main areas: Micro organisms and their potential and limitations for environmental purposes; principle of aerobic and especially anaerobic microbial, the biogas process and the microbiology of anaerobic degradation of organic matter, production of biofuels (bioethanol, biogas, biohydrogen) from biomass and waste, removal of xenobiotics, anaerobic waste water treatment; modeling of anaerobic processes, sensors and biosensors.

Dr. Schmidt has worked with Danish, EU and international financed projects about many aspects of bioenergy and waste water treatment and he has a large network of collaborators throughout the world. In addition, Dr. Schmidt has been main supervisor on several master and PhD projects.

  • Thomsen, Sune Tjalfe ; Jensen, Morten ; Schmidt, Jens Ejbye (2012) Production of 2nd generation Bioethanol from Lucerne - Optimization of Hydrothermal Pretreatment, BioResources 7(2), 1582-1593, 2012
  • Oleskowicz-Popiel, Piotr ; Kádár, Zsófia ; Heiske, Stefan ; Klein-Marcuschamer, Daniel ; Simmons, Blake A. ; Blanch, Harvey W. ; Schmidt, Jens Ejbye (2012) Co-production of ethanol, biogas, protein fodder and natural fertilizer in organic farming – Evaluation of a concept for a farm-scale biorefinery, Bioresource Technology, 104,440-446.
  • Oleskowicz-Popiel, P, Thomsen, A.B. and Schmidt, J.E. (2011) Ensiling – Wet-Storage Method For Lignocellulosic Biomass For Bio-Ethanol Production, Biomass and Bioenergy 35(5), 2087-209
  • Nielsen, H.B., Thygesen, A., Thomsen, A.B. and Schmidt, J.E. (2011) Anaerobic digestion of waste activated sludge - comparison of thermal pretreatments with thermal inter-stage treatments. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology 86(2), 238-245
  • Xu, J., Chen, H., Kádár, Z., Thomsen, A.B., Schmidt, J.E. and Peng, H. (2011) Optimization of microwave pretreatment on wheat straw for ethanol production, Biomass & Bioenergy 35(9), 3859-3864.
  • Karakashev, D.B; Schmidt, J.E:; Angelidaki, I (2008).Innovative process scheme for removal of organic matter, phosphorus and nitrogen from pig manure. Water Research, 42, 4083-4090