Marina Badia-Fabregat

Marina Badia-Fabregat
Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic | CTM · Sustainability Area

PhD in Environmental Science and Technology

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Publications (25)
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Three upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) pilot scale reactors with different configurations and inocula: flocculent biomass (F-UASB), flocculent biomass and membrane solids separation (F-AnMBR) and granular biomass and membrane solids separation (G-AnMBR) were operated to compare start-up, solids hydrolysis and effluent quality. The parallel op...
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At present, Polylactic acid (PLA) is one of the most used biodegradable polyesters. The good properties and its biodegradability make that PLA can replace the fossil fuel derived polymers in different applications. PLA can be synthesized by using different methodologies. Among them, the most widely used forms on an industrial scale are the direct p...
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A prototype pilot plant testing for a novel complete treatment strategy for landfill leachate aimed to decrease its environmental impact was studied. Pre-treatment of leachate was performed by means of a membrane biore­actor (MBR) decreasing inorganic carbon concentration by 92 ± 8% and achieving N removals of 85%. Suspended solids removal in the M...
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Water recycling and reuse is of important value in water-using sectors like petrochemical industry. The aim of this research was to optimise the pre-treatment of petrochemical wastewater to undergo a further membrane treatment, with the final objective of water recycling within the same industry. Laboratory coagulation-flocculation tests prior to b...
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Crude glycerol is an undesired by-product of biodiesel production with a low commercial value (i.e. a ton of biodiesel results in around 110 kg of crude glycerol) and, thus, glycerol needs valorization. In particular, there is a need of providing a benefit to alkaline wastewaters from biodiesel production with excess of glycerol. Bioelectrochemical...
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Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR) is based on the enrichment of sludge in polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAO). Candidatus Accumulibacter is the bacterial community member most commonly identified as PAO in EBPR systems when volatile fatty acids (VFA) are the carbon source. However, it is necessary to understand the role of non-Ac...
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A single-stage Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (AnMBR) for the treatment of cheese whey and its co-digestion with cattle slurry was investigated with the aim of potentially recovering water and energy from the wastewater. A 9 L reactor coupled to an ultrafiltration flat sheet membrane module in an external configuration was employed. This configurati...
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The contribution of the sorption processes in the elimination of pharmaceuticals (PhACs) during the fungal treatment of wastewater has been evaluated in this work. The sorption of four PhACs (carbamazepine, diclofenac, iopromide and venlafaxine) by 6 different fungi was first evaluated in batch experiments. Concentrations of PhACs in both liquid an...
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The aim of this study was to gain insight into the ability of fungi present in a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-contaminated pond as remediation agents. Eight of the 10 strains isolated belonging to Ascomycota fungi and were able to remove anthracene after 21 days. Among them, Penicillium oxalicum was selected for further studies. Time cours...
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The removal of 27 endocrine-disrupting compounds and related compounds (suspect effect) from a reverse osmosis concentrate using an alternative decontamination method based on a fungal treatment involving Trametes versicolor was assessed. In addition to chemical analysis, the toxicity of the treated water during the treatment was monitored using a...
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In this chapter, pilot-scale studies and some innovative lab-scale investigations on hospital wastewater (HWW) treatment are presented. Pilot-scale systems usually consist of a first biological treatment to remove organic matter, nutrients, and some pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs) followed by a physicochemical treatment to increase remova...
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The use of the ligninolytic fungi Trametes versicolor for the degradation of micropollutants has been widely studied. However, few studies have addressed the treatment of real wastewater containing pharmaceutically active compounds (PhAC) under non-sterile conditions. The main drawback of performing such treatments is the difficulty for the inocula...
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The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance represents one of the most important public health concerns and has been linked to the widespread use of antibiotics in veterinary and human medicine. The overall elimination of antibiotics in conventional wastewater treatment plants is quite low; therefore, residual amounts of these compounds are c...
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Source point treatment of effluents with a high load of pharmaceutical active compounds (PhACs), such as hospital wastewater, is a matter of discussion among the scientific community. Fungal treatments have been reported to be successful in degrading this type of pollutants and, therefore, the white-rot fungus Trametes versicolor was applied for th...
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Emerging contaminants are a wide group of chemical products that are found at low concentrations in the environment. These contaminants can be either natural – estrogens – or synthetics – like pesticides and pharmaceuticals –, which can get the environment through the water and sludge from Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP). The growth of Trametes...
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Many technologies are being developed for the efficient removal of micropollutants from wastewater and, among them, fungal degradation is one of the possible alternative biological treatments. In this article, some factors that might affect pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs) removal in a fungal treatment of real wastewater were identified in...
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The widespread of emerging contaminants in the environment and their potential impact on humans is a matter of concern. White-rot fungi are cosmopolitan organisms able to remove a wide range of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCP) through cometabolism (i.e. laccases and peroxidases) or detoxification mechanisms (i.e. cytochrome P450 sy...
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Many efforts have been devoted in developing technologies to remove emerging organic pollutants from freshwater systems. This chapter examined the applications of the environmental friendly technology based on fungal-mediated treatment for the degradation of ingredients in personal care products (PCPs), which are frequently detected at relevant con...
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Organic UV filters used in cosmetics and sunlight protection of materials are considered emerging contaminants. These xenobiotic compounds occur in the environment in relevant concentrations and display critical properties such as environmental persistence and bioaccumulation. They enter the environment mainly through the liquid effluent of wastewa...
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Ultraviolet (UV) filters are xenobiotic compounds that can enter the environment through the liquid effluent of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and through adsorption in the sludge by-product because of their high hydrophobicity, as the sludge is subsequently applied as a fertiliser. A solid-state treatment of WWTP sludge with the white-rot fun...

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Projects (2)
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Demonstration of an innovative recycling scheme to increase the water efficicency in the petrochemical industry
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Decreasing the environmental impact of waste management: an innovative leachate treatment using recovered membranes http://releach.eu/