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Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

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Marta Carballa


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

Marta Carballa

Associate Professor

Associate professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Chemical engineer (USC, 2001) and PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering (USC, 2005). She got a contract for Young Researchers at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile) from March 2006 till April 2007, and in May 2007, she joined the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology of Ghent University (Belgium) as postdoctoral researcher till August 2009. In September 2009, she joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at USC as postdoctoral researcher under Isidro Parga Pondal fellowship. Her current research interests include: target volatile fatty acid production by mixed culture anaerobic fermentation and biotransformation mechanisms of organic micropollutants during biological wastewater and sludge treatment processes. In the last 5 years, she has participated in 8 international research projects (1 as coordinator and 3 as principal investigator), 2 national research projects (1 as principal investigator), 4 regional research projects and 6 research contracts with companies (1 as principal investigator). All this activity has led to: 10 doctoral theses (4 in progress), 13 book chapters, >100 papers in high-impact indexed journals, 8 articles in non-indexed journals, and ~ 175 presentations at congresses, with ~ 100 oral presentations.

Scientific Profiles

Publications
Enzymatic cometabolic biotransformation of organic micropollutants in wastewater treatment plants: A review
Authors-Ext: L. González-Gil
Magazine/book: Bioresource Technology
Volume: 344
Issue: 126291
Date of publication: 01/01/2022
Publishing house: Springer
Impact Index: 4.81
Quartil: Q1
Decil: D3
DOI: link
Understanding the effect of trace elements supplementation on volatile fatty acids production from proteins
Authors-Ext: R.Bevilacqua
Magazine/book: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
Volume: 9
Issue: 5
Pages: 105934
Date of publication: 01/10/2021
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISBN: 2213-3437
DOI: link
Kinetic and stoichiometric model for the computer-aided design of protein fermentation into volatile fatty acids
Magazine/book: Chemical Engineering Journal
Volume: 406
Issue: 126835
Date of publication: 15/02/2021
Publishing house: Elsevier
Quartil: 1
Decil: 1
DOI: link
Projects
Engineering microbial communities for the conversion of lignocellulose into medium-chain carboxylates (Cell4Chem)
Main researcher: Marta Carballa
Financial organism: Ministry of Science and Innovation (Programación Conjunta Internacional, ERACoBioTech 3rd call)
Reference: PCI2021-121989
Amount 150000.00€
Partners: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig (Germany), (coord.) Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI), Ljubljana (Slovenia). CNRS-LCB, Marseille (France). Norwegian U. of Science and Technology (Norway). BlueMethanoGmbH, Berlin, Germany
Date of publication: 01/07/2021
Management, coordination and valorization strategies of sludge and organic waste in the SUDOE region (ECOVAL)
Main researcher: Marta Carballa
Financial organism: Interreg Sudoe 2014-2020 Program
Reference: SOE4/P1/E1104
Amount 134000.00€
Scope: Proyecto europeo
Partners: Cetaqua (Coordinator), USC - Biogroup, Fundación Patrimonio Natural de Castilla y León, FEUGA, l'Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse (INSA), Nereus, Aguas do Tejo, Empresa Municipal de Ambiente do Porto
Date of publication: 01/11/2020
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
Contracts
Improved wastewater treatment in small population centers (MEDRAR)
Main researcher: Marta Carballa, Juan M. Lema
Reference: CONECTA PYME IN852A 2016/12. Otri 2016-CE087. (220/01400)
Amount 78119.78€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico
Partners: Canalizaciones y Construcciones Salnés, S.L., ASM Soft, S.L. y Tratamiento Industrial del Agua, S.A.
Date of publication: 29/01/2016
Co-digestión con valorización de nitrógeno y biogás (Smart Green Gas)
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema, Marta Carballa
Financial organism: Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI). FCC AQUALIA, S.A.
Reference: (2014-CE224)
Amount 147620.00€
Scope: Proyecto nacional
Date of publication: 01/06/2015
Planta piloto para la valorización energética de residuos ganaderos por digestión anaerobia
Main researcher: Marta Carballa
Working Group: Juan M. Lema, Iván_Rodríguez
Financial organism: Unións Agrarias-UPA
Reference: 220/01031
Amount 10060.00€
Date of publication: 23/03/2012
Doctoral Theses
Understanding the enzymatic and cometabolic biotransformation of organic micropollutants under aerobic heterotrophic conditions
Authors: David Kennes
Date: 25/03/2022
European doctorate: X
Cum Laude: X
Understanding the effect of key operational conditions on amino acid acidification for a knowledge-driven protein fermentation
Date: 23/07/2021
European doctorate: x
Cum Laude: x
A comparison of novel and conventional sewage treatment plants in terms of energy requirements, operational costs and organic micropollutants removal
Authors: Antón Taboada
Date: 19/12/2019
European doctorate: x
Cum Laude: x
Master Theses
Influenza do pH na estructura da comunidade microbiana responsable da fermentación anaerobia de proteínas
Authors: Carlota Vijande
Supervisors: Marta Carballa
Supervisors-Ext: Sabela Balboa
Date: 13/09/2021

Máster in Environmental Engineering 

Estudo dos procesos enzimaticos de biotransformacion do sulfametoxazol en condicións aerobias heterótrofas
Supervisors: Marta Carballa, Alba Trueba
Date: 07/07/2021

Máster in Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses 

Influencia da salinidade na cofermentación anaerobia de azucres e proteínas
Authors: Juan Iglesias
Date: 19/02/2021

Máster in Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses 

Awards
Outstanding Poster Award: Influence of external microorganism on the microbiome in anaerobic reactors
Date of publication: 17/10/2017
“Feasibility of spent metalworking fluids treatment by anaerobic co-digestion”
Authors-Ext: Rocío Pena, Juan A. Álvarez
Date of publication: 25/06/2013
Congresses
Influence of salinity on the anaerobic microbiome of fermentation reactors
Authors-Ext: Riccardo Bevilacqua
Type: Poster presentation
Magazine/book: ICBM4 (4th International Conference on Biogas Microbiology)
Date: 09/05/2022
City: Braga (Portugal)
Influence of operational conditions on the microbiome responsible of the anaerobic fermentation of protein-rich sidestreams
Authors-Ext: Riccardo Bevilacqua
Type: Oral presentacion
Magazine/book: ICBM4 (4th International Conference on Biogas Microbiology)
Date: 09/05/2022
City: Braga (Portugal)
Cometabolic biotransformation of organic micropollutants under aerobic heterotrophic conditions
Authors-Ext: B. Vogler, K. Fenner
Type: Oral
Magazine/book: 17th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
Date: 01/09/2021
City: Athens (Greece)