David Gustavsson

Research leader


David Gustavsson is focus area leader of focus areas Removal of organic micropollutants in wastewater, Circular wastewater systems and Resource efficient and environmental friendly wastewater treatment

David started to work at Malmö Water & Sewage Works/VA SYD in 2006. He is hired (100%) into Sweden Water Research as research leader. His research focus on making the centralised municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) more efficient, not only by actions inside the fence of the WWTP but also by upstream work. He is especially interested in biological processes, system analyses, recycling loops of plant nutrients and urine separation.

Involved in project

Ongoing Projects

New Sjölunda – bromate formation and regeneration of GAC

There is today a direction decision for the introduction of treatment from pharmaceutical residues and other organic micropollutants at Sjölunda WWTP. According to a feasibility…

Ongoing Projects

Increased production of biogas through industrial symbiosis – co-digestion of steam pretreated straw and sewage sludge

The potential could be realised in a socio-economically profitable way through industrial symbiosis between agricultural straw production, combined heat and power plants that supply steam,…

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Ongoing Projects

Characterisation of municipal wastewater

Existing load data from WWTPs are important, but are often deficient, and standard values for concentrations and mass flows for different substances and quotas between…

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Completed Projects

Nutrient recycling from wastewater – literature study: an overview of technologies, costs and environmental impact

Dewatered digested sludge contains in principle all phosphorus that is separated at a municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). However, only about 15% of the nitrogen…

Ongoing Projects

Residues to best use – biochar as solution and product in the circular and climate positive society

The project will continue to develop pyrolysis for seed residues, sewage sludge and seaweed. The climate benefits resulting from biochar production will be calculated. The…

Ongoing Projects

Digital twin for sustainable and resource efficient operation of wastewater treatment plants

Within this project, a method for developing digital twins at WWTPs will be developed, including real time process simulation and data validation.

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Ongoing Projects

AGNES – Aerobic Granular sludge

The aerobic granular sludge (AGS) technology is an innovative, compact and energy efficient wastewater treatment process that seems to be mature for full-scale implementation around the world.

Ongoing Projects


By successfully utilising anammox bacteria, the electrical energy demand can decrease, eventual methanol dosage could be stopped, the biogas production can increase and recirculation flows…

Relaterade publikationer

Lindblom E., Arnell M., Flores-Alsin X., Stenström F., Gustavsson D. J. I., Yang J. & Jeppsson U. (2015) Dynamic modelling of nitrous oxide emissions from three Swedish sludge liquor treatment plants. Water Science and Technology 73(4), pp. 798-806.

Gustavsson D. J. I. (2016) Is it worth to implement anammox in the mainstream at Swedish wastewater treatment plants? In Swedish. Vattenstämman 2016. Göteborg, Sweden, May 10-11, 2016.,

Gustavsson D. J. I. (2016) Pilot and prototype experiences at Sjölunda WWTP. Workshop – The future is here: experiences in the full-scale implementation of mainstream deammonification for leading edge nitrogen removal. The 13th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies. Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, June 13-16, 2016.,

Gustavsson D. J. I. (2016) What is sustainable wastewater handling? In Swedish. VA-mässan 2016, Jönköping, Sweden, September 27-29, 2016.,

Bengtsson, S., de Blois M., Flodin, J., Olsson, J., Jonstrup, M., Myring, K., Johansson, J., Wilén, B.-M., Gustavsson, D.J.I. (2017) Aeroba granuler, en ny reningsteknik för kommunala avloppsreningsverk. En kunskapssammanställning. (In Swedish) Svenskt Vatten Utveckling rapport nr. 2017-19.,

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Gustavsson, D.J.I. (2017) Stora avlopp och kretslopp – dagens och morgondagens teknik. (In Swedish) Nationell konferens Vatten Avlopp Kretslopp (VAK). 16-18 mars 2017, Norrköping, Sverige.,

Edefell, E., Jönsson, K., Persson, F., Gustavsson, D.J.I. (2017) Start-up of partial urine nitrification in an MBBR. 10th IWA International Conference on Biofilm Reactors. 9-12 maj 2017, Dublin, Irland.,

Gustavsson D. J. I., Okhravi A., Persson F., Llano Alvarez N. & la Cour Jansen J. (2015) Experiences of repression of nitrite production in nitritation-anammox on municipal wastewater. Article: Proceedings of IWA Specialist Conference on Nutrient Removal and Recovery: moving innovation into practice, Gdansk, Poland, May 18-21, 2015, pp. 230-236.,

Persson F., Suarez C., Hermansson M., Plaza E., Sultana R., Gustavsson D. J. I. & Wilén B.-M. (2015) Microbial community structure of nitritation-anammox biofilms at main stream conditions. Article: Proceedings of IWA Conference Nutrient Removal and Recovery 2015: moving into practice. Gdansk, Poland, May 18-21, 2015, pp. 465-471.,

Gustavsson D. J. I., Persson F. & la Cour Jansen J. (2014) Manammox – mainstream anammox at Sjölunda WWTP. Article: Proceedings of 9th IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal, September 21-26, 2014.,

Gustavsson D. (2019) Hvordan forbedre avløpsrensing i urbane områder og samtidig oppnå økt gjenbruk av plantenæringsemner. Status for sirkulær økonomi i avløpsbransjen. Norwegian seminar in a forum for circular economy in the Norwegian wastewater business. Oslo, Norway, November 13, 2019.,

Gustavsson, D.J.I., Suarez, C., Wilén, B.-M., Hermansson, M. & Persson, F. (2020) Long-term stability of partial nitritation-anammox for treatment of municipal wastewater in a moving bed biofilm reactor pilot system Science of the Total Environment 714, 136342. ,

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Ekholm et al. (2019) Start-up of aerobic granular sludge – results of the first AGS start-up in the Nordic countries. NORDIWA 2019. September 23-25. ,

Bengtsson, S., de Blois, M., Wilén, B-M., Gustavsson, D. (2018) Treatment of municipal wastewater with aerobic granular sludge Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology,

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Gustavsson, D.J.I. (2020) Manammox – anammox research at Sweden Water Research IWA Sweden seminar on Biofilm Systems in Municipal Wastewater Treatment – Opportunities, Challenges and Limitations, Malmö, Sweden, January 22-23, 2020.,

de Blois, M., Viberg, M., Ekholm, J. & Gustavsson, D.J.I. (2019) Aggressive SBR – a new way of operating SBR plants Nordic Wastewater Conference (NORDIWA) 2019, Helsinki, Finland, September 23-25, 2019.,

Bengtsson, S., de Blois, Mark., Wilén, B-M., Gustavsson, D. (2018) A comparison of aerobic granular sludge with conventional and compact biological treatment technologies Environmental Technology,

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Bengtsson, S., Fujii, D., Andersson, S., Arnell, M., Fredriksson, O. & Gustavsson, D.J.I. (2019) Energy efficient aeration in the Swedish wastewater sector Nordic Wastewater Conference (NORDIWA) 2019, Helsinki, Finland, September 23-25, 2019.,