F Javier Lafuente

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In the present work, 10 packing materials commonly used as support media in biofiltration are analysed and compared to evaluate their suitability according to physical characteristics. The nature of the packing material in biofilters is an important factor for the success in their construction and operation. Different packing materials have been used in(More)
The temperature effect on denitrification rate of a two-sludge system has been studied. An industrial high-strength wastewater and an industrial by-product containing mainly methanol, as external carbon source, were used in this study. The maximum denitrification rate (MDR) was determined at six different temperatures: 6, 8, 10, 15, 20 and 25oC in batch(More)
The absorption of SO(2) and NH(3) from the flue gas into NaOH and H(2)SO(4) solutions, respectively has been studied using an industrial scale ejector-venturi scrubber. A statistical methodology is presented to characterise the performance of the scrubber by varying several factors such as gas pollutant concentration, air flowrate and absorbing solution(More)
The Landfill Directive (1999/31/EC) forces European States to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to 35% of 1995 levels. Mechanical-Biological Treatment (MBT) plants are the main alternative to waste incineration and landfilling. In this work, the waste treatment efficiency of six full-scale MBT facilities has been analysed using(More)
Oleic acid has been reported as a good inducer of lipase production by Candida rugosa. In order to know if this enzyme is induced by oleic acid itself or by a metabolite, different short chain fatty acids were tested. Butyric acid was the best carbon source to growth microorganism but it did not induce lipase production. Although caprylic and capric acid(More)
The uncontrolled dumping of phosphorus into a water environment creates serious problems of eutrophication, affecting water quality and causing grave problems in the aquatic ecosystem. European legislation demands drastic reduction of phosphorus dissolved in wastewater. Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR) is the current tendency in wastewater(More)
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