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Dr Alba Serna-Maza 

Research Fellow

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Dr Alba Serna-Maza is Research Fellow within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Her PhD work involved the application of physico-chemical solutions to mitigate ammonia inhibition and to improve the performance of the high nitrogenous matter anaerobic digestion (VALORGAS EU FP7 funded project).

Currently Alba is primarily involved in a collaborative project of both industrial and academic partners funded by ERA-Net which aims to maximise the energy gain from anaerobic biological treatment of high-volume low strength industrial wastewaters at ambient temperatures.

Alba’s main role in the project is to undertake experiments applying immobilised cell systems including membrane reactors, granular bed, biofilm and anaerobic contact processes.

Research interests

Renewable energy production through anaerobic digestion of source segregated household food waste, focus on ammonia inhibition. The aim is to mitigate ammonia inhibition and improve the performance of the bioreactor not only in mesophilic but also in thermophilic systems. Biogas stripping of ammonia is carried out in a sidestream process.

For information on the Group's research please follow the links below:

Research projects

EU FP7 VALORGAS project 'Valorisation of food waste to biogas'

Side-stream stripping system
Side-stream stripping system
UASB reactors
UASB reactors
Total ammoniacal determination boric acid indicator
Total ammoniacal determination
Low temperature Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors
Low temperature Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors

Research group

Water and Environmental Engineering Group

Research project(s)

AmbiGas - Biogas production from high volume industrial effluents at ambient temperatures

This is a collaborative project funded by ERA-Net which aims to maximise the energy gain from anaerobic biological treatment of high-volume low strength industrial wastewaters at ambient temperatures.

VALORGAS - Valorisation of food waste to biogas

AD is not a new technology, but its application for energy recovery in the field of municipal waste treatment is only just becoming established in Europe, and only for mixed wastes. The use of source segregated food wastes as substrate is not yet widespread, possibly because of technical challenges linked with collection, handling, pre-treatment and digestion of this material. The research includes a number of closely related components with a common underlying goal: to evaluate and where possible improve the energy production process from the perspective of the overall net energy gain achieved within defined system boundaries that include collection, sorting, processing, and beneficial use of recovered material

Dr Alba Serna-Maza
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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