Karel Keesman

Senior advisor


Prof. dr Karel J. Keesman is Personal Professor “Systems Theory for Sustainability” with the Mathematical and Statistical Methods Group (Biometris), Wageningen University. His main research interests focus on identification, modelling and control of uncertain dynamic systems, as bioreactors, food storage facilities, biobased economic and environmental systems and the Food-Water-Energy nexus in urban-rural regions.


PhD. thesis: “Set-membership identification and prediction of ill-defined systems, with application to a water quality system”,
University of Twente, the Netherlands, 1989

Research interests

Dynamic systems, mathematical modelling, FEW-nexus, Biological desulphurization, Aquaponics

Selected list of publications

(Full list: Google Scholar)

  • Keesman, K.J. System Identification: an Introduction. Springer Verlag, UK, p. 323
  • Porada, S.; L. Borchardt, M. Oschatz, M. Bryjak, J.S. Atchison, K.J. Keesman, S. Kaskel, P.M. Biesheuvel, V. Presser. Direct prediction of the desalination performance of porous carbon electrodes for capacitive deionization (2013). Energy Environ. Sci., 6, 3700-3712
  • Cassidy, J.; H.J. Lubberding, G. Esposito, K.J. Keesman, P.N. Lens. Automated biological sulphate reduction: a review on mathematical models, monitoring and bioprocess control (2015). FEMS Microbiol Rev (2015) 39 (6): 823-853 – ISSN 0168-6445
  • Goddek, S.; K.J. Keesman. The necessity of desalination technology for designing and sizing multi-loop aquaponics systems (2018) Desalination, 428, 76-85
  • De Rink, R.; J.B.M. Klok, G.J. van Heeringen, D.Y. Sorokin, A. Ter Heijne, R. Zeijlmaker, Y.M. Mos, V. De Wilde, K.J. Keesman, C.J.N. Buisman. Increasing the Selectivity for Sulfur Formation in Biological Gas Desulfurization (2019). Environmental Science and Technology. 53(8), 4519-4527