Our research focuses on the development of biotechnology approaches for the treatment of wastewater containing organic hazardous recalcitrant pollutants from different industries (textile, pulp and paper, petrochemical, food, pharmaceutical, etc.).

These compounds are difficult to remove by the traditional physicochemical and biological methods and, therefore, the development of novel alternative methods are required. In this sense, the utilisation of redox enzymes produced by certain microorganisms seems particularly promising.

The application of such enzymes on an industrial scale entails the design of processes that allows achieving high biodegradation levels at low cost. For this, different enzyme technology strategies are pursued.

Research areasInfrastructure
  • Fermentation technology
  • Enzyme technology
  • Biodegradation
  • Biocatalysis
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Bioreactors
  • Waste valorisation
  • Autoclave
  • Microbiological chamber
  • Microbiological cooled incubator
  • Shaker incubator
  • Biosafety cabinet class II
  • Ultrafiltration stirred cell
  • Cell disruptor
  • Vertical gel electrophoresis apparatus

Susana Rodriguez Couto