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Group of Environmental Biotechnology

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

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Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

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Francisco Omil


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

Francisco Omil

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Education

  • Post-doctoral studies. Wageningen University, The Netherlands (1994 – 1995)
  • Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry. University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1993)
  • Graduation in Industrial Chemistry. University of Santiago de Compostela (1988)

Positions

Universities
  • Full Professor. University of Santiago de Compostela (2010 - )
  • Associate Professor. University of Santiago de Compostela (1998 - 2010 )
  • Assistant Professor. University of Santiago de Compostela (1996 - 1998)
Companies
  • Consulting Engineer at Gestión Energética de Galicia S.A. Santiago de Compostela (1992 - 1993)
  • Research Engineer at Repsol Química S.A. Santander (1991)

Teaching Activities

Undergraduate Degree Programs
  • BSc in Chemical Engineering
Graduate Degree Programs
  • MSc in Environmental Engineering
  • PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Research Activities

  • Removal of pharmaceutical products and other micropollutants present in wastewaters
    • Assessment of technologies for the removal of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in sewage and drinking water facilities.
    • Determination of pharmaceuticals in urban and sanitary wastewaters
    • Advanced technologies to remove cosmetic and pharmaceutical compounds in sewage
  • Anaerobic treatment of industrial wastewaters
    • Sea food canning industry
    • Dairy effluents
    • Tannery industries
    • High sulphate content wastewaters
    • Degradation of inhibitory, toxic and recalcitrant compounds
  • Development of environmental management strategies for industrial processes
    • Reduction, valorization and reuse of industrial waste effluents.
    • Development of a patented process obtaining fuel from waste effluents in the sea food canning industries.
  • Management and biological treatment of gaseous emissions
    • Biological technologies for the removal of VOCs, odours and greenhouse gases

Scientific Profiles

Publications
Operating strategies to optimize a membrane bioreactor enriched in nitrite-dependent anaerobic methane-oxidizing bacteria
Authors-Ext: Adrián Arias, Tomás Allegue, Alaa Darwich, Manuel Fachal-Suárez
Magazine/book: Chemical Engineering Journal
Volume: 450 (Part 4)
Pages: 138289
Date of publication: 15/12/2022
Publishing house: Elsevier Ltd.
ISBN: 1385-8947
Impact Index: 13.27
Quartil: Q1
Decil: D1
DOI: link
How should ecohazard of micropollutants in wastewater be gauged? Using bioassays to profile alternative tertiary treatments
Authors-Ext: M. Papa, L. Paredes, D. Feretti, G. Viola, G. Mazzoleni, N. Steimberg, R. Pedrazzani
Magazine/book: Environmental Engineering Research
Volume: 26
Issue: 3
Pages: 200153
Date of publication: 20/07/2021
Publishing house: KOREAN SOC ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS - KSEE
ISBN: 1226-1025
Impact Index: 3.93
Quartil: Q3
Decil: D6
DOI: link
Cometabolic removal of organic micropollutants by enriched nitrite-dependent anaerobic methane oxidizing cultures
Authors-Ext: Teresa Alvariño
Magazine/book: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Volume: 402
Issue: 123450
Date of publication: 15/01/2021
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISBN: 0304-3894
DOI: link
Patents
Proceso para la eliminación de productos farmacéuticos presentes en aguas residuales
Authors-Ext: Denisse Serrano
Date of publication: 06/02/2012
Procedimiento de obtención de un concentrado rico en proteína a partir de las aguas residuales generadas durante la cocción de atún en las industrias de procesado de productos marinos
Authors-Ext: Elena García
Date of publication: 15/07/2003
Procedimiento de obtención de un aceite combustible a partir de las aguas residuales de las industrias de procesado de productos marinos
Authors-Ext: J.M. Blanco
Date of publication: 30/05/2000
Projects
Potential of decentralized wastewater treatment for preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance, organic micropollutants, pathogens and viruses (PRESAGE)
Main researcher: Francisco Omil
Financial organism: AEI (AquaticPollutants JPI)
Reference: PCI2021-121990
Amount 200000.00€
Scope: Proyecto europeo
Coordinator: Francisco Omil
Date of publication: 01/09/2021
Analysis of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic biotransformation in innovative plant layouts promoting recovery of carbon in the mainstream and sludge line (ANTARES)
Main researcher: Francisco Omil, Marta Carballa
Financial organism: Spanish Government
Reference: PID2019-110346RB-C21
Amount 227000.00€
Scope: Proyecto nacional
Date of publication: 01/10/2020
Joint PhD Laboratory for New Materials and Inventive Water Treatment Technologies (NOWELTIES)
Main researcher: Francisco Omil
Financial organism: European Commission. Horizon 2020 Programme
Reference: EU project 812880, MSCA-ITN-EJD
Scope: Proyecto europeo
Website: nowelties.eu
Partners: ICRA (Girona, Spain), RWTH (Aachen University, Germany), TUM (Munich, Germany), FKIT (U. Zagreb, Croatia), TMF (. Belgrade, Serbia), IPB (U. Belgrade)
Date of publication: 01/01/2019
Contracts
El estudio del efecto del carbón activo en polvo en el proceso SeMPAC sobre la eliminación de los microcontaminantes más persistentes y sobre la posible biodegradación de los compuestos adsorbidos.
Main researcher: Francisco Omil
Reference: 2016-CL047
Amount 34073.75€
Partners: CETAQUA
Date of publication: 01/09/2016
Presencia y eliminación de contaminantes emergentes en procesos de potabilización de aguas (PRECETAP)
Main researcher: Francisco Omil
Working Group: Juan M. Garrido, Sonia Suárez
Financial organism: Xunta de Galicia-TESAGUA Tecnologías, S.L.
Reference: 10MDS034E
Amount 24000.50€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico
Date of publication: 01/08/2010
Adopción de procesos avanzados para la minimización de olores y de riesgos biológicos durante la depuración de aguas residuales
Main researcher: Francisco Omil
Financial organism: Dirección General de I+D (Xunta de Galicia)
Reference: 09MDS026E
Amount 66999.00€
Date of publication: 06/08/2009
Doctoral Theses
Development and study of simultaneous nitrogen and methane removal bioprocesses for wastewater treatment
Authors: Tomás Allegue
Date: 23/07/2019
European doctorate: x
Strategies to enhance the removal of organic micropollutants during wastewater post-treatment
Authors: Lidia Paredes
Date: 12/07/2018
European doctorate: x
Biofiltration of diffuse methane emissions: technology development and integration for livestock waste treatment systems
Authors: Santiago Gómez
Supervisors: Francisco Omil
Supervisors-Ext: Jerónimo Hernández
Date: 16/12/2016
Master Theses
Desenvolvemento de novos biorreactores baseados en bacterias n-damo: eliminación de CH4 e NOx, así como de micro contaminantes orgánicos
Authors: Pablo García
Date: 19/02/2021

Máster in Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses 

Estratexia de arranque da tecnoloxía innovadora SIAM para o tratamento de augas a escala de planta piloto
Date: 12/02/2021

Máster in Environmental Engineering 

Determinación da cinética de micropolutores en ambientes anóxicos.
Authors-Ext: Alejandro Coves
Date: 14/09/2020

Master in Environmental Engineering

Congresses
Assessing The Feasibility Of An Innovative Wastewater Treatment Technology For The Minimisation Of The Discharge Of Micropollutants And Antibiotic Resistances
Type: Poster presentation
Magazine/book: Proceedings of 12th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference 2022
Date: 06/06/2022
City: Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
The role of microbial community composition on organic micropollutants biotransformation in anoxic conditions
Authors-Ext: S. Balboa
Type: Oral
Magazine/book: 17th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
Date: 01/09/2021
City: Atenas (Grecia)
El Prácticum como una de las fortalezas del Máster en Ingeniería Ambiental: aprendiendo del pasado para mirar al futuro
Magazine/book: XVI Symposium Internacional sobrel el Prácticum y las prácticas externas: “Prácticas externas virtuales versus presenciales: transformando los retos en oportunidades para la innovación”. Asociación para el Desarrollo del Prácticum y de las Prácticas Externas: Red de Prácticum (REPPE)
Date: 07/07/2021