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Dr. Benjamin Heyde

Dr. Benjamin Heyde

Scientific Researcher

Department of Soil Science and Soil Conservation, iFZ

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32

35392 Giessen, Germany



Room: B226


Phone: +49(0)641 99 37115

Fax: +49(0)641 99 37109



Projects/ Fields of work




  • 2021 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), JLU Giessen
    Quaternary alkylammonium disinfectants in soil: Accumulation, sorption and its influence on toxicological effects towards bacteria
  • 2012 - 2015 Master-Study of Environmental and Resource Management, JLU Giessen
    Master-Thesis: Influence of interlayer cations on HCB sorption to clay minerals
  • 2008 - 2012 Bachelor-Study of Environmental Management, JLU Giessen
    Bachelor-Thesis: Wohnen in der Stadt oder im Umland: Kalkulation von Wohn- und Fahrtkosten
  • 06/2015 - 10/2016 Academic assistant at the Institute of Soil Science and Soil Conservation
  • Since 10/2016 Scientific researcher at the Institute of Soil Science and Soil Conservation



Peer-reviewed publications


Heyde BJ, Anders A, Siebe C, Siemens J, Mulder I. 2021. Quaternary alkylammonium disinfectant concentrations in soils rise exponentially after long-term wastewater irrigation. Environmental Research Letters 16: 64002.

Heyde BJ, Glaeser SP, Bisping L, Kirchberg K, Ellinghaus R, Siemens J, Mulder I. 2020. Smectite clay minerals reduce the acute toxicity of quaternary alkylammonium compounds towards potentially pathogenic bacterial taxa present in manure and soil. Scientific Reports 10: 15397.

Heyde BJ, Barthel A, Siemens J, Mulder I. 2020. A fast and robust method for the extraction and analysis of quaternary alkyl ammonium compounds from soil and sewage sludge. PLoS ONE 15: e0237020.

Steckenmesser D, Vogel C, Böhm L, Heyde B, Adam C. 2018. Fate of heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in sewage sludge carbonisates and ashes – A risk assessment to a thermochemical phosphorus-recycling process. Waste Management 78: 576–587.