SHORT SUMMARY OF SCIENTIFIC LIFE
Javier Fuentes (Tenerife, 1995) holds a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 2017) and a master’s degree in Environmental and Biological Engineering (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 2019). During the bachelor’s degree he worked as a member of the bioprocess and cellular engineering group, developing new yeast and bacteria strains for antibiotics production. During his master thesis he worked as a member of GENOCOV group studying the recovery of PHA from industrial wastewater, as a polymer with potential plastic properties. His research interests are based on industrial bioprocess, like waste elimination and sources recovery, and now they are focused on wastewater biological treatment.
As a predoctoral student of the Environmental Science and Technology program of the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and actual member of GENOCOV, Javier is working on HIPATIA project studying the autotrophic granulation of nitrogen removal bacteria in wastewater treatment processes. The aim goal of his PhD project is describing the reactor design parameters and operational conditions that promote the granules formation in airlift reactors with the purpose of generating fundamental knowledge of the aerobic granulation process and improve the process start up.
Current research interests:
- Design parameters ratios of airlift reactors and their relationship with the granulation process.
- Hydrodynamic behavior and operational conditions of aerobic granules reactors that can expose better ways for understanding the granulation process.
- Biological principles of biofilm and granular formation in nitrogen removal bacteria.
Development of new computational tools that can improve and easy the study and determination of complex wastewater treatment processes.