Electromicrobial strategies for a sustainable growth of purple phototrophic bacteria (PPB)

New PhD Thesis explores the use of electrodes to domesticate PPB for pollutant removal from wastewater or microbial biomass production 

The doctorate thesis ‘Electromicrobial strategies for sustainable growth of purple phototrophic bacteria’ was defended last April by Carlos Manchón Vállegas at University of Alcalá. The work has been developed under Dr Abraham Esteve-Núñez’s supervision and funded by the Industrial Ph.D. fellowship programme from the Regional Government of Madrid IND2020/AMB-17843.

European funding for 3D-printing biosensors project

European funding for 3D-printing biosensors project

3D-Printing Electricity-Producing Bacteria: A New Paradigm For Developing Graphene-Based Biosensors (PRINTBIO) will be founded by the ATTRACT call. 

The overall goal of PRINTBIO is to “domesticate” and to 3D print the electricity-producing bacteria from the genus Geobacter to convert this strain in à-la-carte bioelectrochemical biosensor using graphene-based screen printed electrode as electrochemical platform. Many technologies leading to breakthrough innovations with a big impact on people’s lives stem from fundamental research.

On 20th and 21st May, the ATTRACT consortium has called all funded projects for a kick-off meeting at CERN premises in Switzerland.

A pioneering consortium

ATTRACT is a pioneering initiative bringing together Europe’s fundamental research and industrial communities to lead the next generation of detection and imaging technologies. A total of 1,211 breakthrough projects in detection and imaging technologies were submitted from over 40 countries around the world. Of these, 170 projects will be awarded €100,000 each in seed funding to bring their ideas to life.

As for the fields represented by the submissions, 58% of the 1,211 breakthrough ideas are related to sensors, 20% to data acquisition systems and computing, 17% to software and integration, and 5% to front and back-end electronics.

Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, the ATTRACT project aims to help revamp Europe’s economy and improve people’s lives by creating products, services, companies and jobs.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 777222

SUDOE TWIST workshop in France

Presentation of the SUDOE TWIST project and co-creation workshops for the development of a living room lab (Living Lab) on innovation in sanitation and treatment wastewater

Within the framework of the SUDOE program (ERDF funds), the TWIST (Transnational Water Innovation Strategy) project aims to create an innovative model of transnational and trans-regional organization and collaboration for co-creation, experimentation, the evaluation and market entry of innovative technologies and products in the sanitation and wastewater treatment sector. The model is structured by three specialised and complementary living laboratories (L-Labs) located in France, Spain and Portugal.

Date: 9 May, 2019

Venue: Building M, Avenue Albert ThomasFaculty of Science and Technology, University of Limoges

New publication in Bioelectrochemistry

Microbial Electrochemical Systems can be setup in soil either for the harvesting of energy from microbial metabolism (sediment microbial fuel cell, SMFC) or for the bioremediation of polluted environments (Microbial Electroremediating Cell, MERC). However, the previously thought need for this technology to be located in flooded environments, to assure the ionic contact between anode and cathode, has limited its implementation in standard soils.

Ainara Domínguez-Garay, Abraham Esteve-Núñez,
Designing strategies for operating Microbial Electrochemical Systems to clean up polluted soils under non-flooded conditions, Bioelectrochemistry, 2018, ISSN 1567-5394,

Keywords: Microbial Electroremediating Cell; Atrazine; Bioremediation; Sediment MFC; Ecotoxicology; Non-flooded soil

4KET4Reuse at S2Small IWA conference

The project attended the International IWA Conference on Sustainable Solutions for Small Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems, held in Nantes, France, from 22 Oct to 26 Oct 2017.  S2SMALL 2017 is a remarkable Conference which will cover the topics of Sustainable Development, Environment, Water, Wastewater, Water Resources and Wastewater Treatment and more. International Water Association’s Conference takes place annually.

Carlos Aragón from CENTA presented the project in his talk 4KET4Reuse: seeking sustainable solutions for removing emerging contaminants in wastewater.

4KET4Reuse project is ongoing

The 4KET4Reuse project –kets for the removal of emerging contaminants in the recovered  water, in which Nanoelectra is a technological partner, was signed  by all the partners last 27 September. Coordinated by Fundación Centa the project aims to validate four enabling technologies for removing emerging contaminants in regenerated waters and market promotion in the SUDOE. 

KET4Reuse project is funded by the European Union under the framework of Interreg SUDOE Programme and will last for three years.

The 4KET4Reuse project has the main objective of the promotion program of applied research and dissemination related to key enabling technologies, and the programme’s priority will be to promote innovation capabilities for smart and sustainable growth. The thematic objective is to strengthen research, technological development and innovation. 

The main objectives of 4KET4Reuse project are the validation of four enabling technologies (Key Enabling Technologies, Kets) for the elimination of emerging contaminants (ECs) in treatment plant effluent and their promotion in the SUDOE space market, breaking the barriers between academic research and the water sector, and promoting job creation.

The consortium is coordinated by CENTA (Spain) and consists of beneficiaries from Spain (CISC-IRNAS and Nanoelectra S.L.), France (IRD) and Portugal (FCTUNL and Madan Parque). It also has the collaboration of the following partners from Spain (ASA-Andalucía), France (Bio-UV, Transferts LR) and Portugal (Água de Lisboa and Vale do Tejo).

Nanoelectra at EU-ISMET 2016

Nanoelectra sponsored the 3rd European Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, in Rome (Italy) on 26-28 September 2016. This event gathered the scientific community to present and discuss the latest advances in research and industrial application of microbial electrochemical technologies.

Nanoelectra to sponsor EU-ISMET 2016

Nanoelectra is sponsoring EU-ISMET 2016, the 3rd European Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, which will take place in Rome (Italy) on 26-28 September 2016. This 3-day meeting will bring together the scientific community to present and discuss the latest advances in research and industrial application of microbial electrochemical technologies. 

EU-ISMET 2016 will discuss key topics such as electrosynthesis of valuable products, electron transfer mechanisms, electrobioremediation, as well as aspects of process development, microbiology, material science and many more. 

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