Univ. of Cantabria (UC)


The GIA research group has been working in close collaboration with groups of Ecology, Chemical and Civil Engineering to develop and implement novel biological treatment processes to resolve natural or man-made environmental problems. Since 1989, research on biofilm and membrane biological reactors has been a special subject of study of this research group.

Thus, GIA has introduced novel modifications to conventional reactors such as rotating biological contactors (RBC), submerged biofilm reactors with specific designed biomass support (fixed or mobile); and also various applications such as very high organic loadings, nitrification/denitrification layouts, pre-fermentation, biomembrane reactors, membrane biological rectors (MBR) based on biofilm obtaining a simultaneous nitrification/denitrification in only a reactor and a very low suspended solids concentration in the vicinity of the membrane.

The activity of GIA is orientated towards innovation by creating patents, software development (2 complex models), technical support and technology transfer to the authorities and companies by research contracts and applied research by projects in public calls. Additionally, GIA has developed an Environmental Engineering doctorate (inter-Universities program) and collaborated in the development of various doctorate programs with “Mention of Quality”.

GIA maintains collaboration with several European and American universities and research centres including University College London (UK) and University of Florida (USA). With respect to the infrastructure and equipment, GIA research facilities include research laboratories (e.g., basic, instrumentation, microbiology, pilot plants, modelling) as well as field work material (e.g., portable laboratory, vehicles, medium and big size pilot plants) that allow undertaking research activities in real installations.  .

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