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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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) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química)
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) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química)
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) ; Lafuente Sancho, Francisco Javier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química) ; Garcia i Belinchón, Carme (CETaqua) ; Bouchy, Lynne (CETaqua) ; Carrera, Julián (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química)
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)
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) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química)
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  
2017-01-26
09:38
41 p, 1.7 MB Revealing the proliferation of hydrogen scavengers in a single-chamber microbial electrolysis cell using electron balances / Ruiz Franco, Yolanda (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química)
The bioelectrochemical generation of hydrogen in microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) is a promising technology with many bottlenecks to be solved. Among them, the proliferation of hydrogen scavengers drastically reduces the cell efficiency leading to unrealistic coulombic efficiencies (CE) and cathodic gas recoveries (rCAT). [...]
2013 - 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.10.034
International journal of hydrogen energy, Vol. 38, issue 36 (Dec. 2013) , p. 15917-15927  
2017-01-26
09:30
33 p, 1.6 MB The selective role of nitrite in the PAO/GAO competition / Tayà Cristellys, Carlota (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Garlapati, Vijay Kumar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química)
Proliferation of Glycogen Accumulating Organisms (GAOs) accounts as one of the major bottlenecks in biological phosphorus removal systems. GAO outcompeting polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs) results in lower P-removal. [...]
2013 - 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.06.006
Chemosphere, Vol. 93, issue 4 (Oct. 2013) , p. 612-618  
2017-01-26
09:22
36 p, 1.9 MB Effect of nitrite, limited reactive settler and plant design configuration on the predicted performance of simultaneous C/N/P removal WWTPs / Guerrero Camacho, Francisco Javier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Flores-Alsina, Xavier (Lunds universitet. Department of Measurement Technology and Industrial Electrical Engineering) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Gernaey, Krist V. (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet. Institut for Kemiteknik)
This paper describes a modelling study where five new benchmark plant design configurations for biological nutrient removal (A2/O, UCT, JHB, MUCT and BDP-5 stage) are simulated and evaluated under different model assumptions. [...]
2013 - 10.1016/j.biortech.2013.03.021
Bioresource technology, Vol. 136 (May 2013) , p. 680-688  
2017-01-12
11:45
46 p, 1.8 MB Development and economic assessment of different WWTP control strategies for optimal simultaneous removal of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus / Simion Ostace, George (Babes-Bolyai University. Department of Chemical Engineering) ; Baeza Labat, Juan Antonio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química) ; Guerrero Camacho, Francisco Javier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química) ; Guisasola Canudas, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química) ; Cristea, Vasile Mircea (Babes-Bolyai University. Department of Chemical Engineering) ; Agachi, Paul Serban (Babes-Bolyai University. Department of Chemical Engineering) ; Lafuente Sancho, Francisco Javier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Enginyeria Química)
This paper presents the comparison of four control strategies for the A²/O WWTP configuration for simultaneous C, N and P removal. The control strategies: (i) external COD-P control; (ii) external recycle flow-P control; (iii) nitrate control in the last anoxic reactor; (iv) ammonia control in the last aerobic reactor, were combined with other common control loops to build different control structures and were simulated in Matlab/Simulink under different influent conditions. [...]
2013 - 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2013.03.007
Computers and chemical engineering, Vol. 53 (June 2013) , p. 164-177  
2017-01-12
10:48
32 p, 2.2 MB Methanol-driven enhanced biological phosphorus removal with a syntrophic consortium / Tayà Cristellys, Carlota (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Guerrero Camacho, Francisco Javier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Vanneste, Gianni (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 presence of suitable carbon sources for enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) plays a key role in phosphorus removal from wastewater in urban WWTP. For wastewaters with low volatile fatty acids (VFAs) content, an external carbon addition is necessary. [...]
2013 - 10.1002/bit.24625
Biotechnology and bioengineering, Vol. 110, Issue 2 (Feb. 2013) , p.391–400