El GEMMA és un grup de recerca del Departament d’Enginyeria Hidràulica, Marítima i Ambiental de la UPC, que realitza la seva activitat docent a l’E.T.S. de Camins, Canals i Ports de Barcelona. L’objectiu principal del GEMMA és desenvolupar i promoure biotecnologies sostenibles i innovadores pel tractament d’aigües i residus orgànics, que eliminin contaminants convencionals i emergents i que puguin produir bioenergia. Els principals temes de recerca són: Bioprocessos de baix cost pel tractament d'aigües residuals i fangs, Sistemes d’algues pel

http://futur.upc.edu/GEMMA

The goal of our research activities is to develop and promote sustainable and innovative water, wastewater and sludge treatment biotechnologies, capable of removing a wide range of contaminants, including emerging pollutants.

The main research topics are:

- Natural low-cost bioprocesses for wastewater and sludge treatment

- Algal based technologies for wastewater treatment and biomass production

- Bioenergy from waste and wastewater

- Biogas production from solid waste and biomass

- Water reuse and efficiency

- Microbial fuel cells

- Phosphorous removal and recovery from wastewater

- Life Cycle Assessment and economic evaluation of products and technologies

- Numerical simulation of bioprocesses

During the last 5 years, our research has covered a wide range of aspects, including: the influence of design parameters on the removal of pollutants from wastewater and sludge, pollutants degradation pathways, micropollutants and emerging pollutants removal in natural wastewater treatment systems, the role of microfauna in decontamination processes, biogas production in low-cost anaerobic digesters, greenhouse gases emissions from wastewater and sludge treatment facilities, economic and environmental assessment of biotechnologies, bioprocess modeling.

http://futur.upc.edu/GEMMA

The goal of our research activities is to develop and promote sustainable and innovative water, wastewater and sludge treatment biotechnologies, capable of removing a wide range of contaminants, including emerging pollutants.

The main research topics are:

- Natural low-cost bioprocesses for wastewater and sludge treatment

- Algal based technologies for wastewater treatment and biomass production

- Bioenergy from waste and wastewater

- Biogas production from solid waste and biomass

- Water reuse and efficiency

- Microbial fuel cells

- Phosphorous removal and recovery from wastewater

- Life Cycle Assessment and economic evaluation of products and technologies

- Numerical simulation of bioprocesses

During the last 5 years, our research has covered a wide range of aspects, including: the influence of design parameters on the removal of pollutants from wastewater and sludge, pollutants degradation pathways, micropollutants and emerging pollutants removal in natural wastewater treatment systems, the role of microfauna in decontamination processes, biogas production in low-cost anaerobic digesters, greenhouse gases emissions from wastewater and sludge treatment facilities, economic and environmental assessment of biotechnologies, bioprocess modeling.

http://futur.upc.edu/GEMMA

The goal of our research activities is to develop and promote sustainable and innovative water, wastewater and sludge treatment biotechnologies, capable of removing a wide range of contaminants, including emerging pollutants.

The main research topics are:

- Natural low-cost bioprocesses for wastewater and sludge treatment

- Algal based technologies for wastewater treatment and biomass production

- Bioenergy from waste and wastewater

- Biogas production from solid waste and biomass

- Water reuse and efficiency

- Microbial fuel cells

- Phosphorous removal and recovery from wastewater

- Life Cycle Assessment and economic evaluation of products and technologies

- Numerical simulation of bioprocesses

During the last 5 years, our research has covered a wide range of aspects, including: the influence of design parameters on the removal of pollutants from wastewater and sludge, pollutants degradation pathways, micropollutants and emerging pollutants removal in natural wastewater treatment systems, the role of microfauna in decontamination processes, biogas production in low-cost anaerobic digesters, greenhouse gases emissions from wastewater and sludge treatment facilities, economic and environmental assessment of biotechnologies, bioprocess modeling.

http://futur.upc.edu/GEMMA

Recent Submissions

  • Integrating microalgae tertiary treatment into activated sludge systems for energy and nutrients recovery from wastewater 

    Arias Lizarraga, Dulce María; Solé Bundó, Maria; Garfi, Marianna; Ferrer Martí, Ivet; García Serrano, Joan; Uggetti, Enrica (2018-01-01)
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    In this study, microalgae digestate and secondary effluent were used to grow microalgae in a tertiary wastewater treatment, and then, the biomass was co-digested for biogas generation. A 30 L closed-photobioreactor was ...
  • Use of full-scale hybrid horizontal tubular photobioreactors to process agricultural runoff 

    García Galán, María Jesús; Gutiérrez Martínez, Raquel; Uggetti, Enrica; Matamoros Mercadal, Víctor; García Serrano, Joan; Ferrer Martí, Ivet (2018-02)
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    Diffuse pollution in rural areas due to agricultural runoff is a widespread and difficult problem to address due to the large areas affected. Drainage channels receive polluted water, but its introduction into conventional ...
  • Removal of organic carbon, nitrogen, emerging contaminants and fluorescing organic matter in different constructed wetland configurations 

    Sgroi, Massimiliano; Pelissari, Catiane; Roccaro, Paolo; Sezerino, Pablo Heleno; García Serrano, Joan; Vagliasindi, Federico; Ávila Martín, Cristina (2018-01)
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    The elimination of organic carbon, nitrogen, five emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) and fluorescence signature was evaluated in two treatment lines comprising different constructed wetland (CW) configurations: (i) ...
  • Towards energy neutral microalgae-based wastewater treatment plants 

    Passos, Fabiana Lopes del Rei; Gutiérrez Martínez, Raquel; Uggetti, Enrica; Garfi, Marianna; García Serrano, Joan; Ferrer Martí, Ivet (Elsevier, 2017-12)
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    The aim of this study was to assess the energy balance of a hypothetical microalgae-based wastewater treatment plant (10,000 PE) located in the Mediterranean Region, where harvested microalgal biomass and primary sludge ...
  • Life cycle assessment of high rate algal ponds for wastewater treatment and resource recovery 

    Arashiro, Larissa Terumi; Montero, Neus; Ferrer Martí, Ivet; Acién Fernández, Francisco Gabriel; Gómez, Cintia; Garfi, Marianna (Elsevier, 2018-05)
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    The aim of this study was to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with high rate algal ponds (HRAP) systems for wastewater treatment and resource recovery in small communities. To this aim, a Life Cycle ...
  • Bioremediation of aquaculture wastewater from Mugil cephalus (Linnaeus, 1758) with different microalgae species 

    Andreotti, Valeria; Chindris, Anuta; Brundu, Gianni; Vallainc, Dario; Francavilla, Matteo; García Serrano, Joan (2017-09)
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    Current aquaculture practices have a detrimental impact on the environment, in particular due to the release of high concentration of nitrogen and phosphorus that can induce eutrophication. This study investigates and ...
  • Changes in bacteria composition and efficiency of constructed wetlands under sustained overloads: a modeling experiment 

    Boano, F.; Rizzo, Antonio; Samsó Campà, Roger; García Serrano, Joan; Revelli, R.; Ridolfi, L. (Elsevier, 2018-01)
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    The average organic and hydraulic loads that Constructed Wetlands (CWs) receive are key parameters for their adequate long-term functioning. However, over their lifespan they will inevitably be subject to either episodic ...
  • Constructed wetlands and solar-driven disinfection technologies for sustainable wastewater treatment and reclamation in rural India: SWINGS project 

    Álvarez, J. A.; Ávila, C.; Otter, P.; Kilian, R.; Istenic, D.; Rolletschek, M.; Molle, Pascal; Khalil, N.; Ameršek, I.; Mishra, V. K.; Jorgensen, C.; Garfi, Marianna; Carvalho, P.; Brix, Hans; Arias Isaza, Carlos Alberto de Jesús (2017-10)
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    The largest wastewater treatment plant consists of a high-rate anaerobic system, followed by vertical and horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetlands (HFCW) with a treatment area of nearly 1900 sq m and a final step ...
  • Treatment of piggery wastewater in experimental high rate algal ponds 

    Ferrer Martí, Ivet; García Serrano, Joan; Álvarez San Millán, Eduardo; Aguirre, Paula (2011)
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    The objective of this work was to evaluate the efficiency of high rate algal ponds (HRAP) for the treatment of piggery wastewater pretreated with an electroflocculation system. Experiments were conducted in two experimental ...
  • Codigestión de microalgas y fango primario: producción de energía y reutilización del digestato 

    Solé Bundó, Maria; Cucina, Mirko; Matamoros Mercadal, Víctor; Folch, Montserrat; Tapias, Josefina; Garfi, Marianna; Ferrer Martí, Ivet (2015)
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    Los sistemas de tratamiento de aguas residuales con microalgas combinan el tratamiento de aguas residuales y la producción de bioenergía. Para este fin, una de las tecnologías más apropiadas es la digestión anaerobia, ...
  • Enhancement of anaerobic digestion performance: which pretreatment for which waste? 

    Carrère, Helene; Passos, Fabiana Lopes del Rei; Antonopoulou, Georgia; Affes, Rim; Battimelli, Audrey; Ferrer Martí, Ivet; Steyer, Jean Phillipe (Mines Albi, 2014)
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    When properly designed, pretreatment may enhance the methane potential and/or anaerobic digestion rate, allowing better digester performance. The purpose of this paper is to give guidelines and present a rationale on ...
  • Producción de biogás a partir de microalgas cultivadas en aguas residuales 

    Ferrer Martí, Ivet; Passos, Fabiana Lopes del Rei; Gutiérrez Martínez, Raquel; García Serrano, Joan (2013)
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    El Grupo de Ingeniería y Microbiología del Medio Ambiente de la UPC (http://gemma.upc.edu/) está desarrollando el proyecto BIOALGAS, que tiene por objetivo estudiar la producción de biogás a partir de microalgas procedentes ...

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