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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2020-01-14
10:32
13 p, 2.4 MB A minimally invasive microsensor specially designed for simultaneous dissolved oxygen and pH biofilm profiling / Guimerà Villalba, Xavier (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Minera, Industrial i TIC) ; Moya Lara, Ana (Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona) ; Dorado, Antonio David (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Minera, Industrial i TIC) ; Illa Vila, Xavier (Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona) ; Villa Sanz, Rosa (Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona) ; Gabriel Buguña, David (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Gamisans Noguera, Xavier (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Minera, Industrial i TIC) ; Gabriel, Gemma (Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona)
A novel sensing device for simultaneous dissolved oxygen (DO) and pH monitoring specially designed for biofilm profiling is presented in this work. This device enabled the recording of instantaneous DO and pH dynamic profiles within biofilms, improving the tools available for the study and the characterization of biological systems. [...]
2019 - 10.3390/s19214747
Sensors, Vol. 19, issue 21 (2019) , art. 4747  
2019-04-26
10:56
13 p, 1.2 MB Assessing concentration changes of odorant compounds in the thermal-mechanical drying phase of sediment-likewastes from olive oil extraction / Hernández, Diógenes (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Quinteros-Lama, Héctor (Universidad de Talca. Escuela de Ingeniería (Chile)) ; Tenreiro, Claudio (Universidad de Talca. Escuela de Ingeniería (Chile)) ; Gabriel Buguña, David (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
In the industrial production of olive oil, both solid wastes and those produced from their incineration are a serious environmental problem since only 20% w/w of the fruit becomes oil and the rest is waste, mainly orujo and alperujo. [...]
2019 - 10.3390/app9030519
Applied sciences, Vol. 9, Issue 3 (February 2019) , art. 519  
2019-03-26
17:01
14 p, 1.8 MB Electrochemical Biosensor Based on Optimized Biocomposite for Organophosphorus and Carbamates Pesticides Detection / Montes Martínez, Raquel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Céspedes Mulero, Francisco (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Gabriel Buguña, David (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Baeza Labat, Maria del Mar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química)
This paper presents the characterization and optimization of biosensors based on graphite-epoxy which incorporates the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE). By means of advanced electrochemical techniques, such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV), the characterization and optimization of graphite-epoxy-AChE biosensors have been performed. [...]
2018 - 10.1155/2018/7093606
Journal of Nanomaterials, Vol. 2018 (2018) , art. 7093606  
2017-10-31
11:18
19 p, 471.4 KB Low-strength wastewater treatment in an anammox UASB reactor : effect of the liquid upflow velocity / Reino, Clara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Carrera, Julián (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
Two-stage systems have been proposed to overcome the drawbacks associated to the implementation of the autotrophic biological nitrogen removal process in the mainstream of urban wastewater treatment plants. [...]
2017 - 10.1016/j.cej.2016.12.051
Chemical engineering journal, Vol. 313 (April 2017) , p. 217-225  
2017-10-31
11:13
29 p, 559.7 KB Effect of temperature on N₂O emissions from a highly enriched nitrifying granular sludge performing partial nitritation of a lowstrength wastewater / Reino, Clara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Van Loosdrecht, Mark C.M. (Delft University of Technology. Department of Biotechnology) ; Carrera, Julián (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)
In the race to achieve a sustainable urban wastewater treatment plant, not only the energy requirements have to be considered but also the environmental impact of the facility. Thus, nitrous oxide (N₂O) emissions are a key-factor to pay attention to, since they can dominate the total greenhouse gases emissions from biological wastewater treatment. [...]
2017 - 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.07.017
Chemosphere, Vol. 185 (Oct. 2017) , p. 336-343  
2017-01-27
10:04
9 p, 1.2 MB A novel control strategy for efficient biological phosphorus removal with carbon-limited wastewaters / Guerrero Camacho, Francisco Javier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; 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)
This work shows the development and the in silico evaluation of a novel control strategy aiming at successful biological phosphorus removal in a wastewater treatment plant operating in an A2/O configuration with carbon-limited influent. [...]
2014 - 10.2166/wst.2014.280
Water science and technology, Vol. 70 Issue 4 (Aug. 2014) , p. 691-697  
2017-01-27
09:53
49 p, 2.1 MB Activated sludge model 2d calibration with full-scale WWTP data : comparing model parameter identifiability with influent and operational uncertainty / Cunha Machado, Vinicius (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Lafuente Sancho, Francisco Javier (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 present work developed a model for the description of a full-scale wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) (Manresa, Catalonia, Spain) for further plant upgrades based on the systematic parameter calibration of the activated sludge model 2d (ASM2d) using a methodology based on the Fisher information matrix. [...]
2014 - 10.1007/s00449-013-1099-8
Bioprocess and biosystems engineering, Vol. 37, issue 7 (July 2014) , p. 1271-1287  
2017-01-27
09:46
32 p, 1.1 MB High-throughput nitritation of reject water with a novel ammonium control loop : stable effluent generation for anammox or heterotrophic denitritation / Torà Suárez, Josep Anton (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Lafuente Sancho, Francisco Javier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Garcia i Belinchón, Carme (CETaqua) ; Bouchy, Lynne (CETaqua) ; Carrera, Julián (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)
This work presents a new control system for the nitritation of high-strength ammonium wastewater as reject water from sludge dewatering. It is based on three independent feedback control loops: (i) DO control by manipulating the aeration flow-rate, (ii) pH control with the addition of solid Na₂CO₃ and (iii) control of NH₄+—N concentration in the reactor using the influent flow-rate as the manipulated variable. [...]
2014 - 10.1016/j.cej.2013.11.056
Chemical engineering journal, Vol. 243 (May 2014) , p. 265-271  
2017-01-27
09:31
29 p, 1.6 MB Methanol opportunities for electricity and hydrogen production in bioelectrochemical systems / Montpart i Planell, Núria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Ribot-Llobet, Edgar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Garlapati, Vijay Kumar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Rago, Laura (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
An anodic syntrophic consortium (exoelectrogenic plus fermentative bacteria) able to use methanol as sole carbon source was developed for the first time in a bioelectrochemical system. In this frame, promising results were obtained in single chamber MFC, comparable to those obtained with readily biodegradable substrates. [...]
2014 - 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.10.151
International journal of hydrogen energy, Vol. 39, issue 2 (Jan. 2014) , p. 770-777  
2017-01-26
09:49
27 p, 6.0 MB Obtaining microbial communities with exoelectrogenic activity from anaerobic sludge using a simplified procedure / Ribot-Llobet, Edgar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Montpart i Planell, Núria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Ruiz Franco, Yolanda (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Rago, Laura (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Lafuente Sancho, Francisco Javier (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)
BACKGROUND: The microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology transforms the chemical energy present in substrates into electricity. Starting-up these systems, i. e. enriching the anodic community in exoelectrogenic bacteria, is a lengthy process or requires expensive equipment. [...]
2014 - 10.1002/jctb.4252
Journal of chemical technology and biotechnology, Vol. 89, issue 11 (Nov. 2014) , p. 1727-1732