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.
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 14 competitive projects between state and regional, 3 European projects within the areas of biotechnology and, especially, environmental engineering, having been principal investigator or coordinator in 6 national competitive projects funded under national research plans with a total grant of €735,022. He has been responsible for seven research projects with companies and public institutions totaling € 561,873. Throughout his career David has published over 50 articles indexed in international journals and 22 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 80 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 7 PhD theses and is currently supervising 4 PhD students.
TOP TEN PUBLICATIONS
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fortuny M., Baeza J.A., Gamisans X., Casas C., Lafuente J., Deshusses M.A., Gabriel D. (2008). Biological Sweetening of Energy Gases Mimics in Biotrickling Filters. Chemosphere, 71, 10-17.
- Dorado A.D, Baquerizo G. , Maestre J.P., Gamisans X. , Gabriel D. , Lafuente J. (2008) Modeling of a bacterial and fungal biofilter applied to toluene abatement: Kinetic parameters estimation and model validation. Chemical Engineering Journal, 140, 52-61.
- Machado V.C., Gabriel D., Lafuente J., Baeza J.A. (2009). Cost and effluent quality controllers design based on the Relative Gain Array for a nutrient removal WWTP. Water Research, 43, 5129-5141.
- Maestre J.P., Rovira R., Álvarez-Hornos F.J., Fortuny M., Lafuente J., Gamisans X., Gabriel D. (2010) Bacterial community analysis of a gas-phase biotrickling filter for biogas mimics desulfurization through the rRNA approach. Chemosphere, 80, 872-880.
- Montebello A.M., Fernández M., Almenglo F., Ramírez M., Cantero D., Baeza M., Gabriel D. (2012) Simultaneous methylmercaptan and hydrogen sulfide removal in the desulfurization of biogas in aerobic and anoxic biotrickling filters. Chemical Engineering Journal, 200-202, 237-246.
- Baquerizo G., Maestre J.P., Sakuma T., Deshusses M.A., Gamisans X., Gabriel D., Lafuente J. (2005). A detailed model of a biofilter for ammonia removal: model parameters analysis and model validation. Chemical Engineering Journal, 113, 205-214.
- 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.
Additional research webpage: www.biofiltration.cat