Luis Rosa, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research scientist

Research Interests

  • New eco-friendly bioelectrotechnological processes and bioelectrochemical steering of natural microbial cultures and/or microbial pure cultures; 
  • Designing, constructing, and characterizing novel ecological bioelectrotechnological processes using different reactor types and scales; 
  • Mastering diverse analytical techniques (electrochemical techniques, chromatography techniques such as HPLC and GC-MS for analysis of compounds of interest, and others); 
  • Design (using CAD) and supervise the construction and utilization of standardized bioelectroreactors.
  • Numerical modeling of mass transport, diffusion, convection, and (electro)reaction in micro and macro-fluidic settings using finite element modeling with COMSOL Multiphysics;
  • 3D Printing for rapid prototyping;
  • Biocorrosion.

Selected Publications

  • Functional stability of novel homogeneous and heterogeneous cation exchange membranes for abiotic and microbial electrochemical technologies Koók, L., Rosa, L.F.M., Harnisch, F., Žitka, J., Otmar, M., Nemestóthya, N., Bakonyia, P., Kretzschmar, J.,  Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 658, 120705 (2022), DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2022.120705
  • Response‐Surface‐Optimized and Scaled‐Up Microbial Electrosynthesis of Chiral Alcohols Mayr, J.C., Rosa, L.F.M., Klinger, N., Grosch, J., Harnisch, F., Spiess, A.C., ChemSusChem, 13(7):1808-1816 (2020), DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201903428
  • Integrating Electrochemistry Into Bioreactors: Effect of the Upgrade Kit on Mass Transfer, Mixing Time and Sterilizability Rosa, L.F.M., Hunger, S., Zschernitz, T., Strehlitz, B., Harnisch, F., Frontiers in Energy Research, Vol. 7 (2019), DOI: 10.3389/fenrg.2019.00098
  • Reactors for Microbial Electrobiotechnology, Krieg, T., Madjarov, J., Rosa, L.F.M., Enzmann, F., Harnisch F., Holtmann, D., Rabaey, K., Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology (2018), DOI:10.1007/10_2017_40
  • Electrochemical CO2 reduction to formate at indium electrodes with high efficiency and selectivity in pH neutral electrolytes Hegner, R., Rosa, L.F.M., Harnisch, F.,  Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol. 238, pp. 546-556 (2018) DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.07.030
  • Paving the way for bioelectrotechnology: Integrating electrochemistry into bioreactors Rosa, L.F.M., Hunger, S., Gimkiewicz, C., Zehnsdorf, A., Harnisch, F., Engineering in Life Sciences, 17, 77-85 (2017), DOI: 10.1002/elsc.201600105
  • Electrifying White Biotechnology: Engineering and Economic Potential of Electricity-Driven Bio-Production Harnisch, F., Rosa, L.F.M., Kracke, F., Virdis, B., Kromer, J.O., ChemSusChem, 8 (5), pp 758-766 (2015), DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402736
  • A framework for modeling electroactive microbial biofilms performing direct electron transfer Korth, B., Rosa, L.F.M., Harnisch, F., Picioreanu, C., Bioelectrochemistry, Vol. 106, pp 194-206 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.bioelechem.2015.03.010


  • Ph.D. in Biological Engineering, University of Algarve, Portugal, 2012
  • Licentiate in Biotechnology Engineering, University of Algarve, Portugal, 2004

Professional Profile

  • 2023- present: Research scientist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2022: Postdoctoral fellow, UFZ Leipzig, Germany
  • 2012-2013: Postdoctoral fellow,  ITQB Nova, Oeiras, Portugal

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • The International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (ISMET)

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​​

Research Interests Keywords

Electrochemistry Finite element modelling biotechnology, Wastewater Treatment1 Process engineering