SHORT SUMMARY OF SCIENTIFIC LIFE
David Gabriel Buguña (Barcelona, 1971) scientific career began in 1994 when joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Autonomous University of Barcelona as assistant professor after having completed a degree in Industrial Chemistry. His PhD thesis was developed in the field of monitoring and control of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) using deterministic models, and was successfully defended in July 2000. Between April 2001 and September 2002, he joined the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Riverside, as postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Professor Marc A. Deshusses. Research at UCR focused on the study of the feasibility of redesigning industrial-scale chemical absorption towers to be used as biotrickling filters for treating gaseous effluents of WWTPs. In September 2002, he went back to GENOCOV-UAB and started up, in collaboration with Dr. Javier Lafuente (GENOCOV), a new research line in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UAB focused on the design, characterization, monitoring and control of bioreactors for the treatment of volatile organic compounds, ammonia and hydrogen sulfide present in gaseous emissions. This research was also unprecedented at UAB and practically a national pioneer. In 2005 he became Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UAB. In 2019, he became Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering At UAB.
David Gabriel research activities focus on the design, optimization, monitoring, control and modeling of biological processes, particularly the intensification of treatment systems and resource recovery for wastewater and waste gases. In the last 10 years he has participated in 20 competitive projects between state and regional, 5 European projects within the areas of biotechnology and, especially, environmental engineering, having been principal investigator or coordinator in 9 national competitive projects funded under national research plans and an H2020 EU project with a total grant of 1.56M€. He has been responsible for 8 research projects with companies and public institutions totaling 0.81M€. Throughout his career David has published over 90 articles indexed in international journal, 2 books and 24 book chapters in the field of biological removal of pollutants from wastewater and waste gases. He has also presented the results of his work in over 120 presentations at conferences, mostly international. This experience has led to the creation of Aeris Environmental Technologies SL, a technology-based company of which he is a founding member, and be the Coordinator of Gaseous Emissions Treatment at BIOGLS Technology Center. He participates in several national and Catalan Thematic Networks related to wastewater and waste gases treatment technologies and has participated as a member of the scientific committee in several international conferences. He has supervised 11 PhD theses and is currently supervising 5 PhD students.
TOP TEN PUBLICATIONS
1. González D., Guerra N., Colón J., Gabriel D., Ponsá S., Sánchez A. (2019) Filling in sewage sludge biodrying gaps: Greenhouse gases, volatile organic compounds and odour emissions, Bioresource Technology, 291, 121857-121865
2. Fernández E., Mora M., Lafuente J., Gabriel D. (2019) Exploring the performance limits of a sulfidogenic UASB during the long-term use of crude glycerol as electron donor. Science of the Total Environment, 688, 1184-1192
3. Pol R., Céspedes F., Gabriel D., Baeza M. (2017) Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip platforms for environmental monitoring. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 95, 62 - 68.
4. Blázquez E., Gabriel D., Baeza J.A., Guisasola A. (2016) Treatment of high-strength sulfate wastewater using an autotrophic biocathode in view of elemental sulfur recovery, Water Research, 105, 395-405.
5. Mora M., López L.R., Lafuente J., Pérez J., Kleerebezem R., van Loosdrecht M.C.M., Gamisans X., Gabriel D. (2016) Respirometric characterization of aerobic sulfide, thiosulfate and elemental sulfur oxidation by S-oxidizing biomass. Water Research, 89, 282-292.
6. Guimerà X., Dorado A.D., Bonsfills A.,Gabriel G., Gabriel D., Gamisans X. (2016).Dynamic characterization of external and internal mass transport in heterotrophic biofilms from microsensors measurements. Water Research. 102, 551 - 560.
7. Mora M., Guisasola A., Gamisans X., Gabriel D. (2014). Coupling respirometry and titrimetry for the characterization of the biological activity of a SO-NR consortium. Chemical Engineering Journal, 251, 111-115.
8. Gabriel D., Deshusses M.A., Gamisans X. (2013) Desulfurization of biogas in biotrickling filters 513-523. In: Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-1199-4331-0.
9. Deshusses M. A., Gabriel D. (2005) Biotrickling filter technology, 147-168. In: Biotechnology for Odor and Air Pollution Control. Springer-Verlag. ISBN:3-540-23312-1.
10. Gabriel D., Deshusses M.A. (2003). Retrofitting existing chemical scrubbers to biotrickling filters for H2S emission control. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 100 (11), 6308-6312.
Additional research webpage: www.biofiltration.cat