University of Barcelona

UBThe University of Barcelona (UB) was founded in 1450. Today it boasts of a student body of 63,020 and a research staff of 5,312 members. Degrees are offered in 73 different areas of teaching with numerous postgraduate and doctorate programs as well as continuing education courses. The University of Barcelona (UB) is the largest of the six universities of Barcelona and of the ten in Catalonia. The UB is ranked the first Spanish university, and the twenty third European institution in scientific quality and productivity. The UB manages in average 150 European projects per year, for an amount of about 8,6 million euro a year. The University of Barcelona develops all its activities related to the research in Europe through its European Research Projects Office, a unit in charge of the promotion of EC programmes, technical assistance to the elaboration of proposals and management of projects with participation of researchers of the UB, coordinated by the Vice-rector for Innovation and Transfer of Knowledge. Since January 2010, Universitat de Barcelona is part of the prestigious League of European Universities Research (LERU).

The Fundació Bosch i Gimpera (FBG) is a third party of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). This foundation is controlled by the UB, and is in charge of the administrative and financial management of the European projects in which the UB is involved. The FBG is not a subcontractor, since it belongs to the UB Group.

The research group in Environmental Biotechnology, leaded by Prof. Mata-Alvarez is located in the Chemical Engineering Department of UB, and will be in charge of the development of the tasks assigned in this project briefly described in section 1.1.1.6.  His research activity has produced 21 doctoral and the publication of more than 100 papers in journals with large impact factor.

The area of work is currently devoted to the recovery of products from wastes (from volatile acids, energy resources and nutrients) and more recently to the bioproducts production such as bioplastics.

The research group is currently involved in several projects public and private.  To highlight the research project with the Metropolitan Area of ​​Barcelona (AMB) and the Barcelona Ecoparc related to the obtainment of valuable products from wastes. The research group is also part of Project COST Water_2020, being collaborating with different research groups at European level.

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Key persons involved

Dr. Joan Mata-Alvarez is Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Barcelona since 1985.  He works in environmental and energy related research subjects, especially biological (anaerobic) treatment to produce biogas and other products, and wastewater nutrient recovery/removal since more than 30 years ago. He is the author of several books and he is also author or co-author of more than 300 papers and communications in different Symposia and Congresses. He has participated in research projects Europe, under EU Commission programs.  He has organised international symposiums on different topics.  He has also been involved in various scientific committees of Spanish and International conferences. He is or has been a member of different international associations, among others of the International Water Association (IWA)

Dr. Joan Dosta is associate professor of the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Barcelona He obtained his bachelor in Chemical Engineer in 2003 and his PhD in 2007 at the University of Barcelona. Dr Dosta has participated in several projects and consultancies with industrial partners related to biological treatments of wastewaters and/or organic substrates. He co-authored more than 30 indexed international publications and more than 20 oral contributions to international congresses, some of them in collaboration with other European Universities or technological centers.

Dr. Ricard Torres is Professor at the Chemical  Engineering Department of the University of Barcelona He graduated in chemistry and began his research in the field of photochemistry. After two years and some scientific publications on optical fibres, he became part of the Group of Environmental Biotechnology, where he developed his doctoral thesis in the field of anaerobic digestion of waste. In this research group, currently he focuses his research on the valorisation of biowastes, He is specialized in the communication aspects of the group.