Interview with Past Executive Research Director Dr. Daniel Pleissner

In the months leading up the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (ACS GC&E) and 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry, we are highlight interviews of past NESSE executive board members and volunteers for a social media campaign (#throwbackthursday) leading up to our 5 year anniversary of launching at the ACS GC&E in 2014!  This will help review NESSE’s accomplishments and celebrate all of the people who have made NESSE what it is 5 years later. This interview is with Dr. Daniel Pleissner, who is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry, Leuphana University of Lüneburg. 

Biosketch: 

Daniel Pleissner | Director of Research 2016-2017

Daniel Pleissner |
Director of Research 2016-2017

Dr. Daniel Pleissner obtained an international university and research education in Germany, Poland, Denmark, and Hong Kong. Daniel Pleissner’s research activities focus on marine biomass production in aquacultures, in particular shellfish and macroalgae, integration of microbial fermentations (bacteria, fungi, and particularly microalgae cultivation in batch, fed-batch and continuous processes) in waste and wastewater treatments for biomass production and nutrient recycling. Daniel Pleissner is further interested in developing concepts to create sustainable urban areas, and green chemical and biotechnological processes based on organic waste as feedstock. In his research, Daniel Pleissner uses innovative approaches by combining knowledge and technologies from several engineering disciplines with natural sciences. Daniel Pleissner published more than 50 peer-review articles and participated in and presented at more than 20 international conferences. He is member of the advisory board of the DECHEMA “Algae Biotechnology” group.

At the Leuphana University of Lüneburg he aims on the development of biotechnological and chemical processes for the almost complete use of carbon for the production of food, feed, chemicals and materials. He follows the recommendation of the German bioeconomy council for a cascade use of biomass starting with food and feed production before material and energetic use.

When and in what capacity did you volunteer for NESSE?

As the Director of Research 2016 to 2017.  

What inspired you to serve on the NESSE board of directors?
My motivation was to connect young researches and to achieve a close exchange.

What projects were you involved in while serving on the NESSE board? What impact did you see from your work?

I was involved in the organization of the “Random Coffee Break” to connect individual NESSE members and in the NESSE University Program.


What did you gain (skills, connections, etc.) from being involved with the NESSE executive board?
I gained a bigger network from being involved with NEESE executive board and connections to other young researchers in my field.

What impact has NESSE had on your professional career?

I would say that the exchange with NESSE members had an impact on my professional career by developing new ideas.

Where do you see NESSE 5 years from now?

I see NESSE 5 years from now as an exchange platform where young researcher work together on common problems in an interdisciplinary way.


If you could give one piece of advice to individuals in the membership, what would it be?

I would recommend the members of NESSE to be more active, to seek the contact of other members in order to work together on common global problems. Only with the help of all members, NESSE can develop from a networking to a cooperation platform.