SHORT SUMMARY OF SCIENTIFIC LIFE
Eric Valdés (Barcelona, 1996) is a biotechnologist (UB, 2018) and a MSc student in Biological and Environmental Engineering (UAB). He has a strong biotechnological background as he did his bachelor degree’s final project at the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics in a work focused on expression patterns of SlSGT genes in tomato. He also has international experience as a graduate researcher at Lund University (Sweden) where he worked in the characterization of an enzyme with environmental applications (FDCA production from the sugar HMF).
He is currently doing his master degree’s thesis in the gases group, where he is developing a kinetic model for the bioproduction of sulfur in the presence of acetate in a continuous stirred tank reactor. This work is embedded within the ENSURE project, which aims to develop and optimize a technology for the treatment of SOx and NOx emissions and sulfur recovery through a two-stage biological process (sulfate reduction followed by partial oxidation of sulfide).
He is also working on the kinetic characterization of heterotrophic methanogenic biomass as a temporary staff member of CETAQUA in the NIMBUS project, which has the ultimate goal of using upgraded biogas from wastewater sludge to feed a TMB (Barcelona’s public transport network) bus.