Center of Environmental Biotechnology
Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Environmental Biotechnology Group is to contribute to the development of new technologies for the degradation of pollutant compounds.
Biotechnological processes for wastewater treatment and resource recovery. Bioremediation of soils contaminated with persistent organic pollutants.
Some Specific objectives
*Design of advanced biotecnological processes for the recovery of materials and nutrients from waste and wastewater
*Obtain fungi collection with ligninolytic activity that can be used in the degradation of different contaminants.
*Obtain commercial innoculants of white-rot fungi for treatment of wastewater and soil contaminated with organic pollutant compounds.
*Implement an investigation area in nanotechnology with application in treatment of contaminated soil, through enzyme immobilization in clays.
*Study the operation of different types of bioreactors, such as airlift, biofilm, fixed bed and membrane reactor for wastewater treatment.
*Implement the biobed system to reduce point source water and soil contamination by pesticides.
*Design strategies for contaminated soil biorestoration using new bioremediation processes based on bacteria and fungi capable of degrading and detoxifying persistent organic pollutants and their characterization by molecular techniques.
Dr. María Cristina Diez Jerez
Professor, Universidad de La Frontera
Phone: 56 45 2325476
Fax: 56 45 2325053