Àlex Gaona


Àlex Gaona Soler (Barcelona, 1997) is degreed in Chemical Engineering (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2019) and MSc in Biological and Environmental Engineering (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2021).
During his MSc studies, he did his master degree’s thesis with GENOCOV, where this work was a simulation-based study with a conventional Anaerobic/Anoxic/Aerobic (A2O) WWTP where the nitrite pathway can be implemented, and also the study of the N2O emissions.
In 2021 he also worked on the implementation of an ASM2d model to describe the behavior of a Side-Stream Fermenter (SSF) for an Anaerobic/Anoxic (AO) configuration. This work is being carried out in the FOSPHOROUS project, in which he is also carrying out the implementation of models in Python and OpenModelica. He also worked in some projects with AERIS.  
He is currently a PhD student in Environmental Science and Technology and his research aims to develop and implement mathematical models for the optimization of WWTP.

Àlex’s current research interests are:
•    Study the impact of a Side-Stream Fermenter (SSF) for an Anaerobic/Anoxic (AO) configuration.
•    Optimization of the minimum requirements of COD in a conventional Anaerobic/Anoxic/Aerobic (A2O) WWTP.
•    Implementation of the nitrite pathway in WWTP.
•    Mathematical modelling and optimization of bioprocesses (MATLAB, OpenModelica, Python).

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