SHORT SUMMARY OF SCIENTIFIC LIFE
Dr. Juan A. Baeza (Barcelona, 1969) is Associate Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) since December 2004. He started his scientific career joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at UAB in July 1994, just after finishing as honors graduate his studies in Industrial Chemistry. He presented his PhD Thesis in 1999: “Development and implementation of a supervisory system for the management and control of WWTP”.
Dr. Baeza is in charge of the research line on nutrient removal from urban wastewater in the "GENOCOV group on biological treatment and valorisation of liquid and gaseous effluents" at UAB. He has supervised 12 PhD Thesis and is currently supervising 5 PhD students. He is teaching courses at UAB in topics of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering as Simulation and Optimization, Control and Instrumentation, Treatment of Industrial Effluents or Design and Operation of Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facilities. He has published 83 SCI articles with h-index = 26 and has presented 80 international conferences. Dr. Baeza is member of the International Water Association and is part of the Management Committee and Newsletter Editor of the IWA Specialist Group of Instrumentation, Control and Automation. He is also a founding member of AERIS Environmental Technologies (http://www.aeristec.com) a Spin-off company of the UAB.
Current research interests:
- Nutrient recovery from wastewater.
- Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR)
- Advanced nitrogen removal: Nitritation, denitritation, nitrification, denitrification.
- Control and supervision of processes.
- Modelling of biotechnological processes.
- Bioelectrochemical systems: microbial fuel cells, microbial electrolysis cells, bioelectrosynthesis.
- Scientific and technical objectives in the medium / long term are the development of more efficient technologies for wastewater treatment to reduce the resources needed for the treatment and even obtaining net energy generation.
TOP TEN PUBLICATIONS
1. J.A. Baeza, D. Gabriel, J. Lafuente. Improving the nitrogen removal efficiency of an A2/O based WWTP by using an on-line Knowledge Based Expert System. Water Research, 36 (8): 2109-2123. (2002).
2. M. Pijuan, A. M. Saunders, A. Guisasola, J. A. Baeza, C. Casas, L.L. Blackall. Enhanced biological phosphorus removal in a sequencing batch reactor using propionic acid as the sole carbon source: Biotechnology and Bioengineering 85(1), 56-67, (2004).
3. J.A. Baeza, D. Gabriel, J, Lafuente. Effect of internal recycle on the nitrogen removal efficiency of an A2/O WWTP. Process Biochemistry, 39(11), 1615-1624. (2004).
4. I. Jubany, J. Lafuente, J. A. Baeza, J. Carrera. Total and stable washout of nitrite oxidizing bacteria from a nitrifying continuous activated sludge system using automatic control based on Oxygen Uptake Rate measurements. Water Research, 43(11), 2761-2772. (2009).
5. A. Guisasola, S. Petzet, J. A. Baeza, J. Carrera and J. Lafuente. Inorganic carbon limitations on nitrification: experimental assessment and modelling. Water Research, 41(2), 277-286. (2007).
6. J. Guerrero, A. Guisasola, J. A. Baeza. The nature of the carbon source rules the competition between PAO and denitrifiers in systems for simultaneous biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal. Water Research, 45(16), 4793-4802. (2011).
7. J. Guerrero, A. Guisasola, R. Vilanova, J. A. Baeza. Improving the performance of a WWTP control system by model-based setpoint optimisation. Enviromental Modelling and Software, 26(4), 492-497. (2011).
8. Y. Ruiz, J. A. Baeza, A. Guisasola. Enhanced Performance of Bioelectrochemical Hydrogen Production with a pH Control Strategy. ChemSusChem, 8(2): 389-397. (2015).
9. N. Montpart, L. Rago J. A. Baeza, A. Guisasola. Hydrogen production in single chamber microbial electrolysis cells with different complex substrates. Water Research, 68: 601-615. (2015).
10. Blázquez E, Gabriel D, Baeza JA, Guisasola A. Treatment of high-strength sulfate wastewater using an autotrophic biocathode in view of elemental sulfur recovery. Water Research, 105: 395-405. (2016).