Dr. Barbara Sturm

Leitung Nacherntetechnologie und Verarbeitung
Anschrift Universität Kassel
Fachbereich Ökologische Agrarwissenschaften
Fachgebiet Agrartechnik
Nordbahnhofstr. 1 a
D- 37213 Witzenhausen
Raum + 0180
Telefon +49 5542 98-1603
Telefax +49 5542 98-1520
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Associate Editor

Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, Elsevier

Social Media


Twitter: @barbara_sturm



SusOrganic (2015-2018) Development of quality standards and optimised processing methods for organic produce, Coordinator [... more]

GREENERPIGS (2014-2017) - Developing a working prototype for sustainable high welfare intensive pig houses integrated with renewable energy generation to inform innovative commercial products and services " InnovateUK (2014-2017), Co-I Newcastle University

IfS (2016) small grant - Responsible, low cost, disposal or reuse of byproducts from food manufacture, Sustainability Institute, Co-I

Junior Research Group Fund (2014-2016) Steigerung der Ressourceneffizienz und Optimierung der Produktqualität in der Trocknung landwirtschaftlicher Produkte durch Einsatz bildgebender Sensoren und adaptiver Regelungssysteme, Project Lead [... more]

RE4Food (2013-2016) (Renewable Energy for Food Processing), Project lead University of Kassel [... more]

GREENFOODS (2013-2015) Towards Zero fossil CO2 emission in the European food & beverage industry, Project Lead University of Kassel [... more]

NIRES (2014-2015) small grant - Resource Efficiency in Jamaican Maroon Communities: A Historical and Scientific Inquiry, Sustainability Institute, Co-I,

NIRES (2014-2015) small grant - DRYING: Development of a low cost solution for non-intrusive online moisture content measurements and control in drying of sensitive food products, Sustainability Institute, Co-I

Research Interests

Transdicsiplinary approaches on improvement of total system efficiency, including stakeholder participation

Food quality and processing

Sensing in industrial applications

Resource efficiency and sustainability

Drying technologies and optimisation thereof

Process analysis and energy auditing

Process optimisation and thermal process integration

Utilisation of low grade waste heat

Sustainable energy systems, including renewable energy sources

Production waste to bio gas

By product management

Water management on production sites

Aktuelle Lehrveranstaltungen

Current courses


IFBC- Modul “Food Preservation, Packaging and Transportation” 3 Credits

IFBC und SIA Wahlpflichtmodul “Process development for sustainable food production and premium food quality” 6 Credits Master Ökologische Landwirtschaft und Master Energieressourcen und Umweltfolgen (RE²) Wahlpflichtmodul “ Energieaudits, Energieeffizienz und Integration erneuerbarer Energien in der Lebensmittelindustrie“ 6 Credits

PhD seminars (Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering)

• Design of Experiemnts

• Project management

• Proposal writing

• RGB and Hyperspectral Imaging

• Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques



Bachelor Agrarwissenschaften “Qualität und Nacherntetechnologie pflanzlicher Produkte“ 3 Credits



Eiholzer, T., Olsen, D., Sturm, B., Wellig, B. (2017). Integration of a solar thermal system in a medium-sized brewery utilising pinch analysis: A case study, Applied Thermal Engineering (in press) doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2016.09.124

Korese, J.K., Sturm, B., Roman, F., Hensel, O. (2016). Simulation of transient heat transfer during cooling and heating of whole sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L). Lam.) roots under forced-air conditions, Applied Thermal Engineering 111, 1171-1178

Amjad, W., Hensel. O., Munir, A., Esper, A., Sturm, B. (2016). Thermodynamic analysis of drying of potato slices in a diagonal-batch dryer developed for batch uniformity, Journal of Food Engineering 169, 238-249.

Meyers, S., Schmitt, B., Chester Jones, M., Sturm, B. (2016). Energy efficiency, carbon emissions and measures towards emission reduction in the Food and Beverage sector for Six European Countries, Energy 104, 266-283

Nasirahmadi, A., Hensel, O., Edwards, S., Sturm, B. (2016). Automatic Detection of Mounting Behaviours Among Pigs Using Image Analysis, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 124, 295-302

Nasirahmadi, A., Hensel, O., Edwards, S., Sturm, B. (2016). A new approach for categorizing pig lying behaviour based on a Delaunay triangulation method, Animal, doi: 10.1017/S1751731116001208

Nunez Vega, A.M., Sturm, B., Hofacker, W. (2016). Simulation of the convective drying process with automatic control of surface temperature, Journal of Food Engineering 170, 16-23

Schmitt, C., Sturm, B., Grupa, U., Hensel, O. (2016). Analysis of the Influence of Different Factors on the Quality of a Curd-Whey Mixture during Pumping, LWT – Food Science and Technology 65, pp. 88-97.

Nasirahmadi, A., Edwards, S., Richter, U., Hensel, O., Sturm, B. (2015). Using machine vision for investigation of changes in pig group lying patterns, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 119, 184-190

Sturm, B., Meyers, S., Zhang, Y.J, Law, R., Siqueiros Valencia, E. J., Bao, H., Wang, Y. D., Chen, H. S. (2015). Process intensification and integration of solar heat generation in the Chinese condiment sector – a case study of a medium sized Beijing based factory, Energy Conversion and Management 106, 1295-1308

Sturm, B., Maier, M., Royapoor, M. & Joyce, S. (2014). Dependency of Production Planning on Availability of Thermal Energy in Commercial Green Houses – A Case Study in Germany, Applied Thermal Engineering 71(1), 239-247

Sturm, B., Nunez Vega, A.M., Hofacker, W. (2014). Influence of process control on drying kinetics, colour and shrinkage of air dried apples, Applied Thermal Engineering 62(2), 456-460

Sturm, B., Hugenschmidt, S., Joyce, S., Hofacker, W., Roskilly, A. P. (2013). Opportunities and barriers for efficient energy use in a medium sized brewery, Applied Thermal Engineering 53 (2), 397-404.

Sturm, B., Butcher, M., Wang, Y. D., Huang, Y., Roskilly, A. P. (2012). The feasibility of the sustainable energy supply from bio wastes for a small scale brewery – A case study, Applied Thermal Engineering 39, 45-52.

Sturm, B., Hofacker, W. & Hensel, O. (2012). Optimizing the drying parameters for hot air dried apples, Drying Technology 30 (14), 1570-1582


Sturm, B. & Hensel, O. (2016). Chapter 13: Pigments and nutrients during vegetable drying processes, dried products storage and their associated colour changes, In Zhang, M. & Mujumdar, A.S. (Eds): Handbook of Drying of Vegetables and Vegetable Products, CRC Press (überarbeitetes Manuskript eingereicht)

Sturm, B. (2016). Chapter 10: Automatic control of apple drying with respect to product quality and air velocity, In Martynenko, A. & Mujumdar, A.S. (Eds): Intelligent Control in Drying, CRC Press (überarbeitetes Manuskript eingereicht)

Gersdorff, G., Bantle, M., Hensel, O., Sturm, B. (2017). Chapter 8: Improvement of Product Quality and System Performance in Processing of Organic Products, In Sustainable Food Systems from Agriculture to Industry: Improving Production and Processing, Springer

Russ, W.; Sturm, B., Kristbergsson, K. (Eds), Process Energy in Food Production, Springer New York, 2017, in progress.

Sturm, B. (2010). Einfluss der Führung des Trocknungsprozesses auf den Trocknungsverlauf und die Produkteigenschaften empfindlicher biologischer Güter, Forschungsbericht Agrartechnik (491) des Arbeitskreises Forschung und Lehre der Max-Eyth-Gesellschaft Agrartechnik im VDI, Witzenhausen.

Sturm, B., Hofacker, W. (2009). Optical Monitoring and Control of Drying Processes, Chapter in DAAAM International Scientific Book 2009, B. Katalinic (Ed.), Published by DAAAM International, ISBN 978-3-901509-71-1, ISSN 1726-9687.

Conferences (selection)

Crichton, S., Münsterer, J., Kammhuber, K., Sturm, B. (2016). Measurement of hop moisture content and chromaticity during drying with VNIR hyperspectral imaging, CIGR – AgEng 2016, Aarhus, Denmark, 26.06.-29.06.2016

Gersdorff, G. v., Crichton, S., Retz, S., Hensel, O., Sturm, B. (2016). Drying of fresh organic beef with different pre-treatments, International Drying Symposium (IDS 2016), Gifu, Japan, 7-10 August 2016

Nasirahmadi, A., Edwards, S., Sturm, B. (2016). Investigating the effect of rooting substrate provision on the group lying behaviour of pigs using machine vision, CIGR – AgEng 2016, Aarhus, Denmark, 26.06.-29.06.2016

Ogolla, J., Dede, C., Hensel, O., Sturm, B. (2016). Strategies and Technologies for Camel Milk Preservation and Utilisation of Non-Marketed Milk in Pastoral Regions, Tropentag 2016, September 18-21, Vienna, Austria

Parmar, A., Sturm, B., Hensel, O. (2016). Assessment of Food Loss and Waste (FLW) Associated with the Cassava (Manihot Esculenta Crantz) Root Value Chain in Southern Ethiopia, Tropentag 2016, September 18-21, Vienna, Austria

Sturm, B., Münsterer, J., Kammhuber, K., Crichton, S. (2016). Impact of bulk weight on drying behaviour and hop quality after drying, CIGR – AgEng 2016, Aarhus, Denmark, 26.06.-29.06.2016

Crichton, S., Sturm, B., Hurlbert, A. (2015). Moisture content measurement in dried apple produce through visible wavelength hyperspectral imaging, 2015 ASABE Annual International Meeting

Jackson, P. Guy, J., Sturm, B., Bull, S., Edwards, S. (2015). Application of process engineering principles to improve the efficiency of resource use in UK pork production chains, 2015 ASABE Annual International Meeting

Nasirahmadi, A., Edwards, S., Richter, U., Sturm, B. (2015). Automatic detection of changes in pig group lying behaviour using image analysis, 2015 ASABE Annual International Meeting

Parmar, A., Hensel, O., Sturm, B. (2015). Assessment of post-harvest handling practice and associated losses and limitations in the value-chain of sweet potato (lpomoea batatas L. Lam) root: a case study from SNNPR, Ethiopia, Tropentag 2015, September 16-18 2015, Berlin, Germany.

Sturm, B., Meyers, S., Chester Jones, M., Schmitt, B. (2015). A survey of the energy consumption patterns and potential methods for energy efficiency and renewable energy integration within the food and beverage industries of five European countries, 2015 ASABE Annual International Meeting


PhD students

• Abozar Nasirahmadi, Development of an automated computer vision system for the investigation of group lying behaviour of pigs, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Aditya Parmar, Reduction of postharvest losses along the sweetpotato and cassava value chains in Ethiopia, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Emmanuel Myingo, The performance of solar PV and solar thermal energy systems for agricultural products processing, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Gardis von Gersdorff, Process development of improved meat drying, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Jackline Ogollo, Reduction of milk losses through design and assessment of an offgrid smale scale spray dryer, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Luna Shrestha, Influence of different processing methods on the quality of fruit powder and its consequent products, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Paul Jackson, A system approach to modelling resource efficiency and the environmentla impact of pig production, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University

• Rhona Díaz Martínez, Potentialities and limitations of the use of solar energy technologies in the agroindustry, A casestudy of Panama (toward an energy transition)

• Rosalizan Saleh, Drying strategies for quality maintainance of purple fleshed sweetpotato, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel


Talks (Youtube)

Sturm B. Innovation – A production performance based approach to building design and management. Warwickshire, UK: BPEX Innovation Conference, 2013.

Sturm B. Progress in drying and cooling of organic products (CORE Organic/SusOrganic Oct2016)