Group of Environmental Biotechnology

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

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Group of Environmental Biotechnology

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

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Anuska Mosquera

Research | Publications | Patents | Projects | Contracts | Doctoral Theses | MS Theses | Awards

Anuska Mosquera Corral

Pofessor of Chemical Engineering

Scientific Profiles

Associate professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) since 2007. PhD. in Chemical Sciences from the USC in 1998 focused on the nitrogen removal from industrial effluents. Postdoctoral researcher at the TU Delft (The Netherlands) in 2000-2001, where she specialized in aerobic granular reactors to remove organic matter (COD) and nitrogen from industrial wastewater and on the application of autotrophic denitrification (anammox, denitrification with sulphur compounds) to effluents with low COD content. Then in 2005, she began applying the molecular biology techniques (FISH and DGGE) for the identification of bacterial populations in bioreactors. In 2011, she began the research line of biopolymers (polyhydroxyalkanoates) production from liquid wastes using mixed cultures.


  • Graduation in Industrial Chemistry University of Santiago de Compostela, 1992.
  • MSc. Department of Chemical Engineering. University of Santiago de Compostela, 1993.
  • Ph.D. Department of Chemical Engineering. University of Santiago de Compostela, 1998.


  • Associate Professor USC (2012-present)
  • Assistant Professor USC (2003-2011)
  • Research Fellow USC (2001-2003)
  • Contract TMR in the Department of Biotechnology of the TU Delft (2000-2001)
  • Research Fellow USC (1996-1999)

Teaching Activities

  • Lab. Fluid Transport and Heat Transfer (Chemical Engineering Degree, 3rd year)
  • Project (Chemical Engineering Degree, 5th year, Technical Industrial Engineering Degree, 3rd year)
  • Methodological Tools applied to the wastewater treatment (Doctorate in Chemical and Environmental Engineering)

Research Activities

  • Biological wastewater treatment processes
    • COD and nutrients removal from urban and industrial wastewater
    • Aerobic granulation in Sequential Batch Reactors
    • Anaerobic ammonia oxidation (Anammox) process
  • Microscopy techniques: Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH)

Webs of interest

Simplified engineering design towards a competitive lipid-rich effluents valorization
Authors-Ext: D. Correa-Galeote, B. Rodelas
Magazine/book: Journal of Environmental Management
Volume: 317
Pages: 115433
Date of publication: 09/06/2022
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISBN: 3014797
Impact Index: 6.79
Quartil: Q1
Decil: D2
DOI: link
How can we validaate the environmental profile of bioplastics? Towards the introduction of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) in the value chains
Authors-Ext: Alba Roibás-Rozas, Giulia Zarroli, Silvia Fiore
Editors: Almudena Hospido
Carmen Teodosiu, Silvia Fiore
Magazine/book: Assessing progress towards sustainability: Frameworks, tools and case studies
Pages: 405-420
Chapter: 20
Date of publication: 02/04/2022
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISBN:  978-0-232-85851-9
Valorization of lipid-rich wastewaters: A theoretical analysis to tackle the competition between polyhydroxyalkanoate and triacylglyceride-storing populations
Authors-Ext: D. Correa-Galeote, R. González-Cabaleiro
Magazine/book: Science of the Total Environment
Volume: 807
Pages: 150761
Date of publication: 10/02/2022
Publishing house: Elsevier Ltd.
ISBN: 0048-9697
Impact Index: 7.96
Quartil: Q1
Decil: D1
DOI: link
Tratamiento de efluentes de gran caudal
Authors-Ext: Sergio Santorio
Date of publication: 20/12/2022
Método y sistema para la eliminación de fósforo, carbono orgánico y nitrógeno mediante biomasa granular aerobia y aeración pulsante
Authors-Ext: José Luis Campos
Date of publication: 27/09/2018
Method for Starting Up and Controlling a Biological Process for Ammonium Removal at Low Ammonium Concentrations and Low Temperature through the use of a Two Stage Autotrophic Nitrogen Removal Process
Authors-Ext: Morales Pereira Nicolás; Vázquez Padín Jose Ramón; Rogalla Frank
Date of publication: 13/12/2017
Development of a biotechnological process based on a single unit to obtain polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) from fatty wastes generated in industry (POLYGO1)
Main researcher: Angeles Val, Anuska Mosquera
Financial organism: NextGeneration EU, Strategic Projects Oriented to the Ecological and Digital Transition
Reference: TED2021-130164B-I00
Amount 149500.00€
Scope: Proyecto nacional
Date of publication: 01/12/2022
Biorrefinería centralizada para la valorización de efluentes del sector transformador de pescado en forma de bioplásticos (BIOCENPLAS)
Main researcher: Anuska Mosquera
Research Group: Almudena Hospido, Angeles Val
Financial organism: Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación. Ayudas para proyectos para el desarrollo tecnológico, la innovación y el equilibrio de la cadena de comercialización en el sector pesquero y de la acuicultura 2021
Reference: 2021-PN070
Amount 199588.00€
Scope: Proyecto nacional
Partners: ANFACO (Coordinator), USC, CETAQUA Galicia
Date of publication: 30/12/2021
Integrative process development for biopolymer production through the valorisation of lipidic waste streams (ECOPOLYVER)
Main researcher: Anuska Mosquera, Almudena Hospido
Working Group: Angeles Val
Financial organism: Spanish Government
Reference: PID2020-112550RB-C21
Amount 170126.00€
Scope: Proyecto nacional
Date of publication: 01/09/2021
Asesoramiento científico-técnico para el diseño y seguimiento del sistema de tratamiento de efluentes ANNAMOX
Main researcher: Anuska Mosquera
Working Group: Lucía Argiz
Financial organism: FCC-Aqualia
Reference: Subcontratación del LIFE14 CCM/ES/000865. (Methamorphosis)
Amount 45989.92€
Date of publication: 01/01/2017
Desarrollo de biorreactores aeróbicos de lodo granular para el tratamiento y reutilización de aguas residuales.
Main researcher: Anuska Mosquera
Working Group: Anuska Mosquera
Financial organism: Espina & Delfín
Reference: 2006/CG570
Amount 56100.00€
Date of publication: 16/11/2006
Doctoral Theses
Challenges implementing circular economy principles in the management of industrial saline effluents: from technology development to holistic assessment
Authors: Alba Roibás
Date: 16/06/2022
European doctorate: X
Cum Laude: X
Continuous flow granular reactors to treat freshwater aquaculture effluents
Authors: Sergio Santorio
Date: 20/05/2022
European doctorate: X
Mixed-culture biotechnological processes for lipid-rich effluents valorization
Authors: Lucía Argiz
Date: 22/04/2022
European doctorate: X
Cum Laude: X
Master Theses
Avaliación da carga orgánica aplicada na produción de biopolímeros a partir de efluentes residuais graxos
Date: 13/09/2021

Máster in Environmental Engineering 

Evaluación de un biorreactor de lodo granular aerobio basado en el consorcio microalga-bacteria para el tratamiento de aguas residuales salinas
Date: 07/07/2021

Máster in Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses 

Avaliación dunha fonte de nitróxeno residual para o crecemento de microorganismos acumuladores no proceso de recuperación de residuos graxos
Authors: Álvaro Granja
Date: 12/02/2021

Máster in Environmental Engineering 

Award to ELAN® technology
Date of publication: 28/11/2014
Best Oral Communication Award : "Glucose as substrate for PHA production by open bacterial enrichments"
Authors-Ext: R. Kleerebezem, M. van Loosdrecht
Date of publication: 07/10/2013
Start up of a pilot scale aerobic granular reactor
Authors-Ext: R.H.R. Costa
Magazine/book: IWA Conference on sustainable solutions fo small water and wastewater treatment systems
Date of publication: 19/04/2010
Publishing house: Universidad de Girona
PN/AMX System Robustness Under Repeated Starvation And Reactivation For Blackwater Treatment
Authors-Ext: N. Morales, J. R. Vazquez-Padin, J. L. Campos
Type: oral
Magazine/book: 5th International Conference on Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment
Date: 21/06/2021
City: Milan (Italy)
Evaluación ambiental de la producción de polihidroxialcanoatos (PHA) a partir de aguas de conservera
Type: Oral
Magazine/book: IV Simposio “Investigación en Tecnologías Ambientales"
Date: 10/09/2020
Organization: CRETUS Institute
City: Santiago de Compostela
Neutral pH promotes simultaneous acidification of carbohydrates and proteins in high salinity wastewater
Type: Oral
Magazine/book: 6th Mixed Culture PHA Workshop at 3rd IWA Resource Recovery Conference 2019
Date: 11/09/2019
City: Venice (Italy)