Prometeo 2013/053

GIAM

 

GI2AM gets a Prometeo project as a R&D group of Excellence in the Region of Valencia

On 29th May of 2013, the Environmental Engineering Research Group GI2AM from the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Valencia (Spain) got a new project of the Prometeo program for R&D groups of Excellence (Generalitat Valenciana). This program aims to identify, support and strengthen R&D groups of Excellence in the Region of Valencia.

The aim of the project Prometeo/2013/053 is the development of the anaerobic biowashing technology to remove volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions from the industrial use of solvents with high water solubility. This novel process is presented as an alternative both economically and environmentally friendly compared to conventional systems based on physical and chemical processes.

 

MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS

GI2AM HOSTING RESEARCHERS

CONFERENCES

PAPERS IN INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS

DISSEMINATION

 

MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS

 

GI2AM organizes the 2nd National Meeting in Bioprocesses for air polluted treatment 

17/11/16, Valencia (Spain)

On 17th¬†November of 2016, 2nd National Meeting in Bioprocesses for air polluted treatment took place at ETSE (Escola T√®cnica Superior d’Enginyeria) of University of Valencia. This meeting was organized by GI2AM and¬†financed by the project Prometeo 2013/053.

The success of the first meeting in 2014 motivated the celebration of a second conference, which was considered as a meeting place for young national researchers who focus their work on the biotreatment of contaminated air. These researchers had the opportunity to present their recent lines of research, as well as interact and exchange ideas and experiences between them. It also involved well-established researchers with scientific trajectories of international relevance in the field of biotreatment of gaseous effluents.

See the program attached:

2nd National Meeting in Bioprocesses for air polluted treatment 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GI2AM attendace to a meeting in ‚ÄúExtremophiles for Environmental Biotechnology‚ÄĚ

03/07/15, Caldes de Montbui, Barcelona (Spain)

On 3th¬†July of 2015,¬†members¬†of GI2AM, Marta Izquierdo, Carlos Lafita and Pablo Ferrero attended the meeting ‚ÄúFrom Hell to heaven: Extremophiles for Environmental Biotechnology‚ÄĚ, organized by IRTA (Instituto de Investigaci√≥n en Tecnolog√≠a Agroalimentaria),¬†that took place in Caldes de Montbui, Barcelona, Spain.

The aim of the meeting was to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of recent results in the fields of extremophilic microorganisms and their biotechnological applications. The program was carefully designed to fulfill the interests of scientists, engineers, microbiologists and biotechnologists. Professionals and students with a general interest on microbiology and biotechnology were also welcome to this meeting.

See the program attached:

From Hell to Heaven: Extremophiles for Environmental Biotechnology

 

GI2AM organizes the National Meeting in Bioprocesses for air polluted treatment 

27/10/14, Valencia (Spain)

On 27th October of 2014, National Meeting in Bioprocesses for air polluted treatment took place at ETSE (Escola T√®cnica Superior d’Enginyeria) of University of Valencia. This meeting was organized by GI2AM and¬†financed by the project Prometeo 2013/053.

The aim of the meeting was the exchange of ideas and experiences between different research groups and companies that are developing biotreatments in controlling air pollution. It was intended to provide a forum for discussion about biotechnologies used in these processes and future perspectives.

More information about the meeting here.

 

GI2AM attendace to a meeting in ‚ÄúAnaerobic Digestion of Food Industry Byproducts: Local Solutions to Global Problems‚ÄĚ

04/07/14, Caldes de Montbui, Barcelona (Spain)

On 4th July of 2014, members of GI2AM,¬†Carmen Gabald√≥n, Marta Izquierdo and Javier √Ālvarez attended the meeting ‚ÄúAnaerobic Digestion of Food Industry Byproducts: Local Solutions to Global Problems‚ÄĚ, organized by IRTA (Instituto de Investigaci√≥n en Tecnolog√≠a Agroalimentaria),¬†that took place in Caldes de Montbui, Barcelona, Spain.

The aim of the meeting was to provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussion and exchange of ideas in the field of anaerobic digestion. The program was prepared in accordance with the interests of scientists, engineers, consultants and technicians working in the areas of environmental policy environmental technology, waste management, etc. Participation was also open to professionals and students interested in anaerobic digestion.

See the program attached:

Anaerobic Digestion of Food Industry Byproducts: Local Solutions to Global Problems

 

GI2AM HOSTING RESEARCHERS

 

Guillermo Quijano stay for two months at GI2AM group

08/09/15, Valencia (Spain)

Guillermo Quijano did a research stay from 8th September to 31th October 2015 with GI2AM group. The aim of the research was the study of biological degradation of styrene in multiphase systems (two-phase partitioning bioreactors). Quijano Professor carried out experimental activities and made two presentations, one on the framework of Final Conference of the European Project Next Air Biotreat and a second one as part of the training activities of GI2AM research group.

 

GI2AM hosts Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinrich Engesser from the University of Stuttgart in a monthly stay for interchanging research experiences and knowledge

27/09/13, Valencia (Spain)

Professor Karl-Heinrich Engesser from the Department of Biological Waste Air Cleaning of the Universität Stuttgart (Germany) was invited as visiting professor in the GI2AM of the Universitat de València. This stay was financed by the Generalitat Valenciana (autonomous government of the Valencian region) under the project Prometeo 2013/053.

Within his activities in GI2AM, Prof. Engesser gave a very interesting presentation about microbiology applied to VOC removal by biological waste air purification. Researchers from the GI2AM group and students from the Universitat de València attended the presentation, which took place in Saló de Graus Joan Pelechano, (ETSE, Universitat de València) on 27th of September of 2013.

 

María Henares Jiménez joined GI2AM group

13/09/13, Valencia (Spain)

María Henares joined GI2AM as a PhD student. Her PhD is financed by the Generalitat Valenciana under the project Prometeo 2013/053. The objective of her research is the study of the methane recovery from anaerobic bioreactor effluents by degassing membrane technology.

More information here.

 

CONFERENCES

 

22nd International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering

27/09/16 ‚Äď 31/09/16, Prague (Czech Republic)

From August 27th to 31th, Carmen Gabaldón, Daniel Bravo, Nadine Vermorel and María Henares participated in the 22th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, which took place in Prague, Czech Republic.

The objective of this joint event was to provide engineers, scientists, researchers, technologists, students and others a platform to present their latest results, to interchange ideas, to make new contacts, to establish new collaborations, and many more. The Congress addressed the full spectrum of chemical and process engineering practice, including current trends and future needs.

In this conference, research results of the GI2AM within the Prometeo project were shown as poster and oral presentation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster and oral presentation were:

Poster: D. Bravo, F.J. √Ālvarez-Hornos, J.M. Penya-Roja, C. Gabald√≥n.¬†A process simulation model for anaerobic bioscrubber using Aspen Plus.

Oral presentation: M. Henares, M. Izquierdo, C. Gabaldón, V. Martínez-Soria. Influence of operational conditions and membrane type on the performance of degassing contactors for methane recovery from anaerobic bioreactor effluents.

 

1st International Conference on Bionergy & Climate Change 

06/06/16 ‚Äď 07/06/16, Soria (Spain)

The 1st International Conference on Bioenergy & Climate Change was held in Soria (Spain) and was focus on the latest developments on bioenergy and climate change, bringing together professionals from academia, industry and public administrations.

Membrers of GI2AM group presented last results of their research as oral and poster presentations.

Oral presentations:

M. Henares, M. Izquierdo, C. Gabaldón and V. Martínez-Soria. Dissolved methane recovery from an anaerobic effluent using a PDMS hollow fiber membrane contactor.

D. Bravo, J. M. Penya-Roja, F. J. √Ālvarez-Hornos and C. Gabald√≥n. A novelty approach in air pollution control: Recycling VOC emissions into bioenergy.

Poster presentations:

P. Ferrero-Aguar , V. Mart√≠nez-Soria, F.J. √Ālvarez-Hornos, J.M. Penya-roja.¬†Microbiological evolution of an EGSB reactor treating wastewater containing industrial solvents.

K. Torres, F.J. √Ālvarez-Hornos, P. San-Valero, P. Marzal.¬†Effect of chitosan on the development of granular anaerobic sludge in upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor treating volatile organic compounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IWA Conference on Odours & Air Emissions 

17/11/15 ‚Äď 18/11/15, Paris (France)

The 6th IWA Conference on Odours & Air Emissions was held in Paris (France) 17th and 18th of November 2015. The congress was an opportunity for specialists from the industry, researchers and professionals from all sectors to share ideas and experiences on odor management, regulation, strategic initiatives, technical innovations and their impact on air emissions. 

Proffesor Carmen Gabaldón presented the reasearch work: F. Sempere, C. Gabaldón and A. Waalkens. Start-up of Full Scale Biotrickling Filters Treating High Hydrogen Sulphide Air Emissions.

 

Biotechniques Ghent 2015

02/09/15 ‚Äď 04/09/15, Ghent (Belgium)

This 6th international conference on Biotechniques for air pollution control, was held in Ghent (Belgium), from the 2nd to the 4th of September 2015. The conference covered a wide range of topics related to the application of environmental biotechnology for air pollution control, treatment processes in bioreactors and clean (bio) fuels production. The conference tried to facilitate research cooperation between academics and industries, potentially allowing commercialization of new biotechniques. 

Members of GI2AM, Carmen Gabald√≥n, Javier √Ālvarez, Marta Izquierdo, Pau San Valero and Daniel Bravo presented last results of their research.¬†

Oral presentation: Carlos Lafita, Josep. M. Penya-Rocha and Carmen Gabaldón. Removal of 1-methoxy-2-propanol under ambient temperature using an EGSB reactor.

Poster presentation: María Henares, Marta Izquierdo, Carmen Gabaldón and Vicente Martínez-Soria. Comparison of different degassing membranes for the recovery of the dissolved methane from anaerobic effluents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IWA Water and Industry 2015 Conference

07/06/15 ‚Äď 10/06/15, V√§ster√•s¬†(Sweden)

The Water and Industry conference was held on the 7-10th of June at Mälardalen University in Västerås (Sweden) and was focus on the latest developments in energy-efficient and sustainable wastewater, gas and solid waste treatment in 21st century industry. The event aimed to provide a forum for environmental and chemical engineers, microbiologists, chemists and policy makers to present their most recent technological and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of management, characterization, minimization and abatement of industrial waste and wastewater. 

GI2AM members, Marta Izquierdo and Nadine Vermorel, participated to this conference with an oral presentation about anaerobic biodegradation of packaging industry’s solvents.

 

13th Mediterranean Congress of Chemical Engineering

30/09/14 ‚Äď 03/10/14, Barcelona (Spain)

From September 30th to October 3rd, Marta Izquierdo, Nadine Vermorel and María Henares, members of GI2AM, participated in the 13th Mediterranean Congress of Chemical Engineering (13MCCE), that took place in Barcelona, Spain. This conference was taking place jointly with the international fair of the Chemical Industry EXPOQUIMIA and the International Plastics and Rubber Event: EQUIPLAST. This was an unique opportunity for the 3 researchers to both learn from the inspiring speeches and posters of the conferences and discover the innovative products exhibited in the fairs.

The Congress covered all aspects and results related to Chemical Engineering, to its application in areas as Sustainable Development and Environmental Engineering, Food and Biochemical Engineering, Process and Product Engineering, and classic areas as Separation Technologies, Chemical Reactors, and Processes.

Among the presentations on ‚ÄúEnvironmental Technology‚ÄĚ, GI2AM members presented posters showing the main results of their research within the Prometeo project.

 

Posters presented were:

M. Henares, M. Izquierdo, C. Gabald√≥n and V. Mart√≠nez‚ÄźSoria.¬†Methane recovery from anaerobic bioreactor effluents by degassing¬†membrane technology.

M. Henares, J. Palau, A.A. Assadi, A. Bouzaza, D. Wolbert, M. Izquierdo, J.M. Pe√Īa‚Äź¬†Roja, and V. Mart√≠nez‚ÄźSoria.¬†Sinergetic effect of coupling dielectric barrier discharge and photocatalysis¬†in the voc removal.

M. Izquierdo, P. Brouwer and P. Marzal. Cu (II) removal from water by Azolla species as biosorbents.

N. Vermorel, M. Izquierdo, C. Gabaldón, J.M Penya-Roja. Influence of various industrial solvents on the anaerobic biodegradability of ethanol

 

21th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering

23/08/14 ‚Äď 27/08/14, Prague (Czech Republic)

From August 23th to 27th, Paula Marzal, Carlos Lafita and Pau San Valero participated in the 21th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, which took place in Prague, Czech Republic.

The objective of this joint event was to provide engineers, scientists, researchers, technologists, students and others a platform to present their latest results, to interchange ideas, to make new contacts, to establish new collaborations, and many more. The Congress addressed the full spectrum of chemical and process engineering practice, including current trends and future needs.

In this conference, research results of the GI2AM within the Prometeo project were shown as poster and oral presentations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster and oral presentation were:

Poster: P. Marzal, C. √Ālvarez, C. Lafita and M. Izquierdo.¬†Performance of heavy metals in anaerobic reactors: study of biosorption onto anaerobic granular biomass.

Oral presentation: C. Lafita, J.M. Penya-roja, C. Gabaldon. EGSB reactors treating a solvent containing wastewater: enhanced sludge granulation by Al3+

 

PAPERS IN INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS

 

Papers published in international journals within the Prometeo project research are:

P. San-Valero, C. Gabald√≥n, ¬†J. M. Penya-roja, G. Quijano (2017).¬†Enhanced styrene removal in a two-phase partitioning bioreactor operated as a biotrickling filter: Towards full-scale applications.¬†Chemical Engineering Journal,¬†309, 588‚Äď595.¬†http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2016.10.054

M. Henares, M. Izquierdo, J. M. Penya-Roja, V. Martínez-Soria (2016). Comparative study of degassing membrane modules for the removal of methane from Expanded Granular Sludge Bed anaerobic reactor effluent. Separation and Purification Technology. 170, 22-29 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2016.06.024 

M. C.¬†P√©rez, F. J.¬†√Ālvarez-Hornos, F. J., Engesser, K. H., Dobslaw, D. and C.¬†Gabald√≥n (2016).¬†Removal of 2-butoxyethanol gaseous emissions by biotrickling filtration packed with polyurethane foam.¬†New Biotechnology,¬†33(2), 263‚Äď272.¬†http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nbt.2015.11.006

P.¬†San-Valero, S.Alc√°ntara, J. M.¬†Penya-Roja, F. J.¬†√Ālvarez-Hornos, & C.Gabald√≥n, ¬†(2016).¬†A Tool for Predicting the Dynamic Response of Biotrickling Filters for VOC Removal.¬†Chemical Engineering Communications,¬†203(4), 476‚Äď487.¬†http://doi.org/10.1080/00986445.2015.1025954

C. Lafita, J. M. Penya-Roja, C. Gabaldón (2015). Anaerobic removal of 1- methoxy-2-propanol under ambient temperature in a EGSB reactor. Bioprocess Biosystems Engineering. 38 (11) 2137-2146 doi:10.1007/s00449-015-1453-0.  

M.C. P√©rez; F.J. √Ālvarez-Hornos; K. Portune; C. Gabald√≥n (2014).¬†Abatement of styrene waste gas emission by biofilter and biotrickling filter: comparison of packing materials and inoculation procedures.¬†Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 99 (1) 19-32 DOI: 10.1007/s00253-014-5773-9.¬†

P. San-Valero; J.M. Penya-Roja; F.J. √Ālvarez-Hornos; C. Gabald√≥n (2014).¬†Modelling mass transfer properties in a biotrickling filter for the removal of isopropanol.¬†Chemical Engineering Science. 108, 47-56.¬†doi:10.1016/j.ces.2013.12.033

 

DISSEMINATION

 

Expociencia 2014, an enjoying Open Day

24/05/14, Valencia (Spain)

The Scientific Park of the University of Valencia organised this Saturday 24th of May an Open Day event called Expociencia. The aim of this event was to present the scientific and technological activities of the University to a broad public. GI2AM showed its ongoing research activities and main projects of the group during this interactive event.

For this Expociencia, GI2AM:

  • raised public awareness of the importance of Solvents Emission Control,
  • explained the biological treament systems they developed and under development to treat Volatile Organic Compounds,
  • presented their currently running European projects (TrainonSEC¬†and¬†Next Air Biotreat¬†(Marie Cure Actions)),¬†and the Regional project¬†Prometeo 2013/053,
  • and gave the opportunity to hundreds of children and adults to experience the work of a researcher with some especially designed¬†experiments.