Dr. Katja Heister

Vening Meineszgebouw B
Princetonlaan 8
Kamer 5.02
3584 CB Utrecht

Dr. Katja Heister

GeoLab Algemeen
06 38 775 049

Peer-reviewed publications


Heister, K. and Lima, A.T., 2019: Soil heterogeneity and surfactant desorption influence PAH distribution during electroremediation at a tar oil-contaminated site. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 191 (10): 625.


Chubar, N., Gerda, V., Micušík, M., Omastova, M., Heister, K., Man, P., Yablokova, G., Banerjee, D. and Fraissard, J., 2018: Anion removal potential of complex metal oxides estimated from their atomic scale structural properties. Acta Physica Polonica A 133 (4): 1091 – 1096.


Chubar, N., Gilmour, R., Gerda, V., Micušík, M., Omastova, M., Heister, K., Man, P., Fraissard, J. and Zaitsev, V., 2017: Layered double hydroxides as the next generation inorganic anion exchangers: Synthetic methods versus applicability. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science 245: 62 – 80.


Pronk, G.J., Heister, K., Vogel, C., Babin, D., Bachmann, J., Ding, G.-C., Ditterich, F., Gerzabek, M.H., Giebler, J., Hemkemeyer, M., Kandeler, E., Kunhi Mouvenchery, Y., Miltner, A., Poll, C., Schaumann, G.E., Smalla, K., Steinbach, A., Tanuwidjaja, I., Tebbe, C.C., Wick, L.Y., Woche, S.K., Totsche, K.U., Schloter, M. and Kögel-Knabner, I., 2017: Interaction of minerals, organic matter, and microorganisms during biogeochemical interface formation as shown by a series of artificial soil experiments. Biology and Fertility of Soils 53 (1): 9 – 22.


Ditterich, F., Poll, C., Pronk, G.J., Heister, K., Chandran, A., Rennert, T., Kögel-Knabner, I. and Kandeler, E., 2016: Succession of soil microbial communities and enzyme activities in artificial soils. Pedobiologia 59 (3): 93 – 104.


Prietzel, J., Harrington, G., Häusler, W., Heister, K., Werner, F. and Klysubun, W., 2016: Reference spectra of important adsorbed organic and inorganic phosphate binding forms for soil P speciation using synchrotron-based K-edge XANES spectroscopy. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 23 (2): 532 – 544.


Heister, K., 2016: How accessible is the specific surface area of minerals? A comparative study with Al-containing minerals as model substances. Geoderma 263: 8 – 15.


Pudlo, D., Henkel, S., Reitenbach, V., Albrecht, D., Enzmann, F., Heister, K., Pronk, G., Ganzer, L. and Gaupp, R., 2015: The chemical dissolution and physical migration of minerals induced during CO2 laboratory experiments: their relevance for reservoir quality. Environmental Earth Sciences 73 (11): 7029 – 7042.


Pronk, G.J., Heister, K. and Kögel-Knabner, I., 2015: Amino sugars reflect microbial residues as affected by clay mineral composition of artificial soils. Organic Geochemistry 83 – 84: 109 – 113.


Vogel, C., Heister, K., Buegger, F., Tanuwidjaja, I., Haug, S., Schloter, M. and Kögel-Knabner, I., 2015: Clay mineral composition modifies decomposition and sequestration of organic carbon and nitrogen in fine soil fractions. Biology and Fertility of Soils 51 (4): 427 – 442.


Hemkemeyer, M., Pronk, G.J., Heister, K., Kögel-Knabner, I., Martens, R. and Tebbe, C.C., 2014: Artificial soil studies reveal domain-specific preferences of microorganisms for the colonisation of different soil minerals and particle size fractions. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 90 (3): 770 – 782.


Vogel, C., Babin, D., Pronk, G.J., Heister, K., Smalla, K. and Kögel-Knabner, I., 2014: Establishment of macro-aggregates and organic matter turnover by microbial communities in long-term incubated artificial soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 79: 57 – 67.


Babin, D., Vogel, C., Zühlke, S., Schloter, M., Pronk, G.J., Heister, K., Spiteller, M., Kögel-Knabner, I. and Smalla, K., 2014: Soil mineral composition matters: Response of microbial communities to phenanthrene and plant litter addition in long-term matured artificial soils. PLOS ONE 9 (9): e106865.


Heister, K., 2014: The measurement of the specific surface area of soils by gas and polar liquid adsorption methods – Limitations and potentials. Geoderma 216: 75 – 87.


Vogel, C., Mueller, C.W., Höschen, C., Buegger, F., Heister, K., Schulz, S., Schloter, M. and Kögel-Knabner, I., 2014: Submicron structures provide preferential spots for carbon and nitrogen sequestration in soils. Nature Communications 5: 2947, DOI 10.1038/ncomms3947.


Chubar, N., Gerda, V., Megantari, O., Micušík, M., Omastova, M., Heister, K., Man, P. and Fraissard, J., 2013: Applications versus properties of Mg-Al layered double hydroxides provided by their syntheses methods: Alkoxide and alkoxide-free sol-gel syntheses and hydrothermal precipitation. Chemical Engineering Journal 234: 284 – 299.


Pronk, G.J., Heister, K. and Kögel-Knabner, I., 2013: Is turnover and development of organic matter controlled by mineral composition? Soil Biology and Biochemistry 67: 235 – 244.


Ding, G.-C., Pronk, G.J., Babin, D., Heuer, H., Heister, K., Kögel-Knabner, I. and Smalla, K., 2013: Mineral composition and charcoal determine the bacterial community structure in artificial soils. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 86 (1): 15 – 25.


Babin, D., Ding, G.-C., Pronk, G.J., Heister, K., Kögel-Knabner, I. and Smalla, K., 2013: Metal oxides, clay minerals and charcoal determine the composition of microbial communities in matured artificial soils and their response to phenanthrene. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 86 (1): 3 – 14.


Heister, K., Pols, S., Loch, J.P.G. and Bosma, T.N.P., 2013: Desorption behaviour of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons after long-term storage of two harbour sludges from the port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Journal of Soils and Sediments 13 (6): 1113 – 1122.


Pronk, G.J., Heister, K., Woche, S.K., Totsche, K.U. and Kögel-Knabner, I., 2013: The phenanthrene-sorptive interface of an arable topsoil and its particle size fractions. European Journal of Soil Science 64 (1): 121 – 130.


Lima, A.T., Kleingeld, P.J., Heister, K. and Loch, J.P.G., 2012: In situ electro-osmotic cleanup of tar contaminated soil – Removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Electrochimica Acta 86: 142 – 147.


Pronk, G.J., Heister, K., Ding, G.-C., Smalla, K. and Kögel-Knabner I., 2012: Development of biogeochemical interfaces in an artificial soil incubation experiment; aggregation and formation of organo-mineral associations. Geoderma 189 – 190: 585 – 594.


Bladt, H., Schmid, J., Kireeva, E.D., Popovicheva, O.B., Perseantseva, N.M., Timofeev, M.A., Heister, K., Uihlein, J., Ivleva, N.P. and Niessner, R., 2012: Impact of Fe content in laboratory-produced soot aerosol on its composition, structure, and thermo-chemical properties. Aerosol Science and Technology 46 (12): 1337 – 1348.


Lima, A.T., Ottosen, L.M., Heister, K. and Loch, J.P.G., 2012: Assessing PAH removal from clayey soil by means of electro-osmosis and electrodialysis. Science of the Total Environment 435 – 436: 1 – 6.


Braunschweig, J., Bosch, J., Heister, K., Kuebeck, C. and Meckenstock, R.U., 2012: Reevaluation of colorimetric iron determination methods commonly used in geomicrobiology. Journal of Microbiological Methods 89 (1): 41 – 48.


Fritzsche, A., Bosch, J., Rennert, T., Heister, K., Braunschweig, J., Meckenstock, R.U. and Totsche, K.U., 2012: Fast microbial reduction of ferrihydrite colloids from a soil effluent. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 77: 444 – 456.


Heister, K., Höschen, C., Pronk, G.J., Mueller, C.W. and Kögel-Knabner, I., 2012: NanoSIMS as a tool for characterizing soil model compounds and organomineral associations in artificial soils. Journal of Soils and Sediments 12 (1): 35 – 47.


Rennert, T., Totsche, K.U., Heister, K., Kersten, M. and Thieme, J., 2012: Advanced spectroscopic, microscopic, and tomographic characterization techniques to study biogeochemical interfaces in soil. Journal of Soils and Sediments 12 (1): 3 – 23.


Mueller, C.W., Kölbl, A., Hoeschen, C., Hillion, F., Heister, K., Herrmann, A.M. and Kögel-Knabner, I., 2012: Submicron scale imaging of soil organic matter dynamics using NanoSIMS – from single particles to intact aggregates. Organic Geochemistry 42 (12): 1476 – 1488.


Pronk, G.J., Heister, K. and Kögel-Knabner, I., 2011: Iron oxides as major available interface component in loamy arable topsoils. Soil Science Society of America Journal 75 (6): 2158 – 2168.


Lima, A.T., Kleingeld, P.J., Heister, K. and Loch, J.P.G., 2011: Removal of PAHs from contaminated clayey soil by means of electro-osmosis. Separation and Purification Technology 79 (2): 221 – 229.


Ding, G.-C., Heuer, H., Zühlke, S., Spiteller, M., Pronk, G.J., Heister, K., Kögel-Knabner, I. and Smalla, K., 2010: Soil type-dependent responses to phenanthrene as revealed by determining the diversity and abundance of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon ring-hydroxylating dioxygenase genes by using a novel PCR detection system. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76 (14): 4765 – 4771.


Bosch, J., Heister, K., Hofmann, T. and Meckenstock, R.U., 2010: Nanosized iron oxide colloids strongly enhance microbial iron reduction. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76 (1): 184 – 189.


Hilscher, A., Heister, K., Siewert, C. and Knicker, H., 2009: Mineralisation and structural changes during the initial phase of microbial degradation of pyrogenic plant residues in soil. Organic Geochemistry 40 (3): 332 – 342.


Heister, K., Kleingeld, P.J. and Loch, J.P.G., 2006. Induced membrane potentials in chemical osmosis across clay membranes. Geoderma 136 (1 – 2): 1 – 10.


Bader, S. and Heister, K., 2006. The effect of membrane potential on development of chemical osmotic pressure in compacted clay. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 297 (1): 329 – 340.


Loch, J.P.G., Richter, K. and Keijzer, T.J.S., 2005. Coupling between chemical and electrical osmosis in clays. In: Huyghe, J.M., Raats, P.A.C. and Cowin, S.C. (Eds.) IUTAM-Proceedings on Physicochemical and Electromechanical Interactions in Porous Media. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 283 – 288.


Heister, K., Kleingeld, P.J. and Loch, J.P.G., 2005. Quantifying the effect of membrane potential in chemical osmosis across bentonite membranes by virtual short-circuiting. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 286 (1): 294 – 302.


Heister, K., Kleingeld, P.J., Keijzer, T.J.S. and Loch, J.P.G., 2005. A new laboratory set-up for measurements of electrical, hydraulic, and osmotic fluxes in clays. Engineering Geology 77 (3 – 4): 295 – 303.


Heister, K., Keijzer, T.J.S. and Loch, J.P.G., 2004. Stability of clay membranes in chemical osmosis. Soil Science 169 (9): 632 – 639.


Garavito, A.M., Bader, S., Kooi, H., Richter, K. and Keijzer, T.J.S., 2002. Numerical modelling of chemical osmosis and ultrafiltration across clay membranes. In: Hassanizadeh, S.M., Schotting, R.J., Gray, W.G. and Pinder, G.F. (Eds.) Computational Methods in Water Resources. Developments in Water Science. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 647 – 653.