Melvin-Guy Adonadaga (2016)


Title of the dissertation

Identification of Filamentous Bacteria in Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment Plants in Ghana


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil Marion Martienssen

Short Bio

  • 2012-2016: PhD Program at Chair of Biotechnology for Water Treatment, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Process Engineering, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany.
  • 2003-2005: Masters Program at the Department of Biological Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
  • 1997-2000: Bachelors Program at the Department of Science Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Current Job/Employer: Lecturer and Head of Examinations/University for Development Studies, Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Navrongo.

Research Interest: My research interest focusses on identifying solutions to the crucial issues of water availability and quality especially in semi-arid regions in the face of a changing climate, and to inform policy formulation for sustainable management of this key natural resource.

Future career plans: To develop acceptable decentralized close-to-nature method for domestic wastewater treatment that provides an all win situation for households and small communities. Also, to apply proven techniques such as Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) for water storage for the purpose domestic and agricultural use.

Selected publications

  • (2017), Oyegbile, B. A, Hoff, M., Adonadaga, M. Experimental Analysis of the Hydrodynamics, Flow Pattern and Wet Agglomeration in Rotor-Stator Vortex Separators. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.
  •  (2016), Adonadaga, M. G, & Martienssen, M. Reliability of morphological approach for bulking filamentous bacteria identification in activated sludge plants. International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 6(2), 10-18.
  • (2014), Adonadaga, M.G., Climate Change Effects and Implications for Wastewater Treatment Options in Ghana. Journal of Earth & Environmenatl Science, 4: 9-16
  • (2011), K. Obiri-Danso, M. G. Adonadaga, J. N. Hogarh. Effect of Agrochemical Use on the Drinking Water Quality of Agogo, a Tomato Growing Community in Ashanti Akim, Ghana.  Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology, 86: 71-77.

What will you remember most of your time at BTU Cottbus and in the PhD Programme ERM?

The very serene and beautiful nature of the campus especially in summer always gave me a feeling of satisfaction and joy. In addition, the compact nature of the campus and the bus service make it very easy to connect from one building to the other and also to get to the main train station within a short time. For the PhD programme, I enjoyed the weekly PhD Seminar due to its very interactive nature and also that it offers the PhD students an opportunity to meet and share ideas in the various areas of research.

What advice to you have for prospective PhD candidates at BTU Cottbus?

BTU is an ideal place for PhD study and also that you can complete your study on time. The professors are always available and excited to help. Just make sure to book an appointment. As a student, all what you need is to ensure that you always stay focussed on your study.