photosynthetic myco-organisms - waste water treatment - CO2 capture - value-added products

Roxana Ángeles Torres

Environmental Technology Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology Institute for Sustainable Processes
My research career

I studied Environmental Engineering and the Master in Environmental Sciences at the Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico). I completed my doctoral thesis at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid, which focused on the evaluation and optimisation of photosynthetic biogas enhancement by microalgae in closed photobioreactors. In addition, exploring new strategies to produce value-added products from cyanobacteria and microalgae to improve the profitability and environmental sustainability of the biogas upgrading process.

During my research career I have been involved in several projects related to the cultivation of photosynthetic microorganisms, studying the role of rhizospheric cyanobacteria in the removal of heavy metals for the bioremediation of mangroves contaminated by metals and evaluating the performance of microalgae-bacterial bioreactors for the treatment of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as valorising algal biomass during photosynthetic biogas upgrading. I have also collaborated with several institutions such as the Institute of Ecology (INECOL, Mexico), the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM, Mexico) and the NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal).

My research

My research is currently focused on evaluating the performance of carbon dioxide fixation, one of the main greenhouse gases, and the synthesis of value-added products such as biopolymers and pigments during gas and wastewater treatment by anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria and cyanobacteria.

My vision is to optimise the process at both laboratory and pilot scale, which will lead to the development of a potentially scalable solution to two of today's most relevant environmental problems: global warming and plastic pollution.