GER Research Group

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GER Research Group

  Green Engineering and Resources is a Research Group formed by researchers from the University of Cantabria (Department of Chemistry and Process & Resource Engineering, ETSIIT).

Vision & Mission

  Integration of the technology, ecology, economics and social aspects in our teaching, research  and communication  activities with stakeholders to promote sustainable development and Green Engineering. We are involved in the use and application of strategies and practices related to knowledge management in an integrated framework of R&D&i teaching-real world applications promoting the decision-making process to solve problems in a context of international cooperation.


 We specifically address the synthesis, analysis, simulation and optimization of systems that include interconnectivity with available energy and material flows. These include design of waste valorization processes, application of lines of evidence for risk assessment and technical decision-making  processes.





  • Papers published in “International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology” and “Water, Air, & Soil Pollution”

    Two new papers have been published as result of doctoral thesis of Dra. Marta Revilla from SNIACE Company. The Thesis was the first doctoral thesis with Industrial Mention at the University of Cantabria obtaining four scientific papers in high scientific level journals.

    The articles mentioned here show a new methodology to optimize the operational conditions of an industrial wastewater treatment plant using a biofilm activated sludge (BAS) process in four steps by combining dynamic simulation techniques with non-linear multicriteria optimization methods. The works allow obtaining optimal solutions of the process variables under industrial plant operative decision making criteria, economic and environmental evaluation criteria.

    The methodology is implemented in a full-scale wastewater treatment plant for a cellulose and viscose fibre mill, obtaining (i) improvement of the effluent quality index (Kg pollution/m3) up to 62% and, (ii) decrease the operating cost index (€/m3) of the process up to 30% respect the regular working operational conditions of the plant, and (iii) avoiding risks of bulking, pin-point floc and rising sludge.

    • Marta Revilla, Berta Galán, Javier R. Viguri, 2018, Analysis of simulation tools and optimization of the operational conditions for biofilm activated sludge industrial process. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. Published on line 04 November 2017. DOI 10.1007/s13762-017-1626-2.
    • Marta Revilla, Berta Galán, Javier R. Viguri, 2018, Optimization methodology for high COD nutrient-limited wastewaters treatment using BAS process. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, June 2018, 229:191. DOI: 10.1007/s11270-018-3835-9.


    05 June 2018 in News