GENOCOV

GENOCOV stands for Group of biological treatment and of liquid and gaseous effluents, nutrient removal, and odors and Volatile Organic Compounds. The group is a research group from the Chemical Engineering Department at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. GENOCOV, whose principal investigator is Prof. Francisco Javier Lafuente, has been active over the last 25 years in understanding the biological processes for the treatment of urban and industrial water and gaseous effluents, with special emphasis on monitoring, modelling and control of such complex biological systems.

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2022-04-29
12:05
11 p, 3.8 MB Assessment of the significance of heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants in recovered products from water resource recovery facilities / Rey-Martínez, Natalia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
The recovery of valuable materials from municipal water resource recovery facilities (WRRF) is a promising option to implement circular economy in wastewater treatment. Different technologies are being evaluated at different WRRF to recover products such as struvite, bioplastics and cellulose. [...]
2022 - 10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106313
Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Vol. 182 (July 2022) , art. 106313  
2022-04-29
12:05
9 p, 3.7 MB Successful sulphide-driven partial denitrification : Efficiency, stability and resilience in SRT-controlled conditions / Polizzi, C. (University of Florence. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) ; Gabriel, David (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Munz, Giulio (University of Florence. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Partial denitrification is emerging as a valuable solution for NO supply in Anammox systems. When reduced sulphur compounds are used as electron donors, S-driven Partial Autotrophic Denitrification (PAD) can also be achieved, allowing for an integrated autotrophic nitrogen (N) and sulphur (S) removal from liquid and gaseous streams. [...]
2022 - 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.133936
Chemosphere, Vol. 295 (May 2022) , art. 133936  
2022-04-29
12:05
13 p, 1.9 MB Graphene functionalization with metallic Pt nanoparticles : A path to cost-efficient H2 production in microbial electrolysis cells / Sánchez-Peña, Pilar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Rodriguez, Jordi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Gabriel, David (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Baeza Labat, Maria del Mar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química)
Platinum is one of the most widely used catalysts in the cathode of Microbial Electrolysis Cells (MECs) to overcome the relatively slow kinetics of hydrogen evolution, even though it is not economically feasible on a large scale. [...]
2022 - 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2022.03.078
International journal of hydrogen energy, Vol. 47, Issue 34 (April 2022) , p. 15397-15409  
2022-04-21
12:43
11 p, 1.2 MB Increasing the energy production in an urban wastewater treatment plant using a high-rate activated sludge : Pilot plant demonstration and energy balance / Carrera, Julian (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Carbó Monmany, Oriol (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Doñate, Silvia (Depuración de Aguas del Mediterráneo) ; Suárez Ojeda, María Eugenia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Pérez Cañestro, Julio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
The use of high-rate activated sludge (HRAS) reactors for the removal of COD in urban wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) has been investigated because its potential contribution to energy generating WWTPs. [...]
2022 - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.131734
Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 354 (June 2022) , art. 131734  
2022-04-06
08:28
10 p, 2.8 MB Multipoint characterization of the emission of odour, volatile organic compounds and greenhouse gases from a full-scale membrane-based municipal WWTP / González Alé, Daniel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Colón Jordà, Joan (Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya) ; Sanchez, Antoni (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Gabriel, David (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
Different environmental and social concerns can arise due to the generation of gaseous emissions during the treatment of urban wastewater. However, there is not an extensive knowledge about which are the main potential odour and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission sources in a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and their variability. [...]
2022 - 10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.115002
Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 313 (July 2022) , art. 115002  
2022-03-17
11:16
13 p, 2.3 MB A plant-wide model describing GHG emissions and nutrient recovery options for water resource recovery facilities / Solís Duran, Borja (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Flores Alsina, Xavier (Technical University of Denmark. Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering) ; Jeppsson, Ulf (Lund University. Department of Biomedical Engineering) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
In this study, a plant-wide model describing the fate of C, N and P compounds, upgraded to account for (on-site/off-site) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, was implemented within the International Water Association (IWA) Benchmarking Simulation Model No. [...]
2022 - 10.1016/j.watres.2022.118223
Water research, Vol. 215 (May 2022) , art. 118223  
2022-03-03
12:33
12 p, 3.2 MB Systematic calibration of N2O emissions from a full-scale WWTP including a tracer test and a global sensitivity approach / Solís Duran, Borja (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Pijuan Vilalta, Maite (Institut Català de Recerca de l'Aigua) ; Corominas, L. (Universitat de Girona) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
Nitrous oxide (NO) is a greenhouse gas (GHG) emitted during biological nitrogen removal from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Some modelling tools have been proposed to predict NO emissions during the design and operation of WWTPs. [...]
2022 - 10.1016/j.cej.2022.134733
Chemical engineering journal, Vol. 435, part. 1 (May 2022) , art. 134733  
2022-02-07
04:21
15 p, 2.7 MB Customized In Situ Functionalization of Nanodiamonds with Nanoparticles for Composite Carbon-Paste Electrodes / Montes Martínez, Raquel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Sánchez, Gerard (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Zhao, Jingjing (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Palet i Ballús, Cristina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Baeza, Mireia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Bastos Arrieta, Julio (Physical Chemistry TU Dresden)
The incorporation of nanomaterials on (bio)sensors based on composite materials has led to important advances in the analytical chemistry field due to the extraordinary properties that these materials offer. [...]
2020 - 10.3390/nano10061179
Nanomaterials, Vol. 10, Issue 6 (June 2020) , art. 1179  
2022-01-23
04:56
14 p, 1.7 MB Evaluation of the integration of P recovery, polyhydroxyalkanoate production and short cut nitrogen removal in a mainstream wastewater treatment process / Larriba, Oriol (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Rovira-Cal, Eric (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Juznic-Zonta, Zivko (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
Wastewater treatment systems are nowadays evolving into systems where energy and resources are recovered from wastewater. This work presents the long term operation of a demo-scale pilot plant (7. 8 m(3)) with a novel configuration named as mainstream SCEPPHAR (ShortCut Enhanced Phosphorus and polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Recovery) and based on two sequencing batch reactors (R1-HET and R2-AUT). [...]
2020 - 10.1016/j.watres.2020.115474
Water Research, Vol. 172 (April 2020) , art. 115474
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2022-01-21
05:18
11 p, 6.1 MB Less is more : a comprehensive study on the effects of the unmber of gas diffusion layers on air-cathode microbial fuel cells / Sánchez-Peña, Pilar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Rodriguez, Jesús (Centro Nacional de Hidrógeno (Puertollano, Espanya)) ; Montes Martínez, Raquel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Gabriel, David (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Baeza Labat, Maria del Mar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
Air-cathode microbial fuel cells (AC-MFC) use a gas-diffusion-layer (GDL) coating based on polytetrafluoroethylene applied to the cathode to prevent electrolyte leakage. However, this type of GDL can also lead to a decrease in MFC performance due to electron-transfer limitation, mass-transfer limitation or catalyst availability. [...]
2021 - 10.1002/celc.202100908
ChemElectroChem, Vol. 8, issue 17 (Sep. 2021) , p. 3416-3426
2 documents