SHORT SUMMARY OF SCIENTIFIC LIFE
Oscar Guerrero Sodric (Barcelona, 1995) is degreed in Chemical Engineering (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2018) and MSc in Biological and Environmental Engineering (Universitat de Autònoma de Barcelona, 2020). Oscar has worked for the chemical industry for several years as a project engineer, designing new systems and optimizing existing processes. During his MSc studies, he started to get interested in wastewater treatment and waste valorization, and he performed his Master’s final project in bioelectrochemical systems, studying bioelectrochemical treatment of urban wastewater with production of hydrogen that can be used as fuel. He is currently a PhD student in Environmental Science and Technology and his research focuses on the scale-up of an efficient process for the bioelectrochemical production of hydrogen from urban wastewater. Oscar will also assist in the implementation of the LIFE NIMBUS project (LIFE19 ENV/ES/000191), which will build the largest bioelectrochemical system to date, for urban wastewater treatment.
Oscar’s current research interests are:
- To optimize current reactor configuration based on operational and design parameters. To analyze different operational conditions to maximize hydrogen production and organic matter removal with the minimum possible energy input and using the maximum energy from the wastewater. To test different anode, cathode, and membrane materials to evaluate and quantify the efficiencies of the system, considering the costs of each.
- To scale up the process to a higher order of magnitude (from 150L to 1000L). Design, build and operate a 1 m3 pilot plant at the Baix Llobregat Wastewater Treatment Plant, to approach this technology to an industrial scale.
- To carry out a techno-economic study, using the information obtained in the previous phases, to evaluate the incorporation of this technology in the current wastewater treatment line.