The Composting Research Group (GICOM) from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, was created in 2000 with a clear objective: the study of the composting process as a sustainable technology for the biological treatment of organic waste. Currently, without forgetting composting, the group’s research focuses on the production of  bioproducts through Solid State Fermentation of organic wastes. Finally, we also focuse on the world of nanotechnology and the environment.

Aroma production from wastes

Martínez, O., Sánchez, A., Font, X., Barrena, R. Valorization of sugarcane bagasse and sugar beet molasses using Kluyveromyces marxianus for producing value-added aroma compounds via solid-state fermentation. Journal of Cleaner Production 158 (1) 8-17 (2017). Using...

Anaerobic digestion in Europe: research and development

From our paper: Rafaela Lora Granado, Adelaide Maria de Souza Antune, Fabiana Valéria da Fonseca, Antoni Sánchez, Raquel Barrena, Xavier Font.; Technology Overview of Biogas production in anaerobic digestion plants: A European Evaluation of Research and Development. ;...

V Jornadas de la Red Española de Compostaje

On novembre 16-17 took place in Sevilla the V Jornadas de la Red Española de Compostaje. GICOM was present with two conferences done by Adriana Artola and Xavier Font: VIABILIDAD DE UTILIZAR LA FRACCIÓN ORGÁNICA DE RESIDUOS MUNICIPALES EN LA PRODUCCIÓN DE BACILLUS...

GICOM researchers well positioned in the ranking of scientists in Spain

GICOM research members appear well positioned in the ranking of Spanish scientists according to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas...

SSF advances to produce sophorolipids

Our PhD student Pedro Jiménez, has recently published his latest findings on the production of sophorolipids using the yeast Starmerella bombicola in a solid-state fermentation (SSF) process. Publication data: Pedro Jiménez-Peñalver, Teresa Gea, Antoni Sánchez, Xavier...

UAB echoes our Research Group

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has published a news about the Composting Research Group on its communication channel UABDivulga. More information: +

Project funded in H2020-WASTE-2015 call

DECISIVE project proposal, coordinated by Anne Tremier (Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l'Environnement et l'Agriculture) submited for evaluation at H2020-WASTE-2015 call has been funded with around 7 M€. The objective of the DECISIVE...

Raquel Barrena has been granted with a TECNIOspring felowship

Postdoctoral researcher Raquel Barrena has been granted with a TECNIOspring fellowship type Outgoing + return. TECNIOspring is an international mobility fellowship programme that gives experienced researchers the possibility to develop their research career in a...

“Science for Environmental Policy” echoes an article from our Research Group

In its issue 411, the free weekly News Alert from the European Commission, Science for Environmental Policy highlighted our paper published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling Colón, J., Cadena, E., Belen Colazo, A.B., Quiros, R., Sanchez, A., Font, X. & Artola,...

GICOM-Sostenipra collaboration

Successful collaboration between Sostenipra and Gicom in the field of the environmental impact determination. In the recent years the work has been mainly focused on the determination of the environmental impact of the biowaste treatment by composting and the...

Participation to ISEB 2016

  On June 1-3 was held in Barcelona the conference ISEB 2016, GICOM was there with the talk Microbial and operational strategies for a competitive solid-state fermentation by Teresa...

Participation to Orbit 2016

On May 25-28 was held in Heraklion, Crete, Greece the conference ORBIT 2016 Circular Economy and Organic Waste Management, 10th International Conference on "Circular Economy and Organic Waste". GICOM was there with the talks: Sustained solid state fermentation...

Participation to Biometa 2016

On 11th and 12th May Barcelona hosted the twelfth edition of the Conference on biomethanisation of MSW (Biometa 2016) organized by  Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and the Area Metropolitana de Bercelona (AMB), with the support of PROCITEC. Toni Sánchez participated as...

GICOM-Sostenipra collaboration

Successful collaboration between Sostenipra and Gicom in the field of the environmental impact determination. In the recent years the work has been mainly focused on the determination of the environmental impact of the biowaste treatment by composting and the...