Francisco Omil Prieto

• Professor of Chemical Engineering
• Department: Chemical Engineering
• Center: Escola Técnica Superior de Enxeñaría (USC)
• Research Group: Environmental Biotechnology (BIOGROUP)
• Tel .: +34 8818 16805
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• Scientific Profile: Portal da Investigación (USC)

Professor of the University of the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at USC since 2010.

His research is basically focused on the field of Environmental Engineering, especially in the development of processes based on the application of biological reactors to the treatment of urban and industrial waters (elimination of conventional and emerging contaminants such as organic micro-contaminants, drugs, recalcitrants, etc. ) and gaseous emissions (elimination of VOCs, odors and greenhouse gases).

Author of more than 100 national and international research articles (around 75% in international journals indexed in the SCI), 13 book chapters, more than 120 communications at international conferences (55% oral) and 2 patents (one graduate to VIAQUA company). H index: 35. Number of citations in SCOPUS: 4905.

Deputy director of the Escola Técnica Superior de Enxeñaría (ETSE) of the USC since June 2012. Coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at the USC since November 2008. Coordinator of the Environmental Section of the Spanish Society of Biotechnology (2005 – 2012). Coordinator of the Biotechnology Commission of the USC (2015-2017).

Reseacrh Lines
• Elimination of organic micro-contaminants
-Study of processes for the elimination of xenobiotic compounds at trace levels (particularly drugs, cosmetic products and endocrine disrupting compounds, among others) in urban and hospital wastewater.
-Development of innovative technologies based on hybrid systems.
• Biological treatment of industrial wastewater
-Food industries (canning, dairy, etc.) and other sectors of interest in Galicia (manufacture of boards, pharmaceuticals, textiles, etc.).
-Strategies of elimination and / or biodegradation of inhibitory, toxic and recalcitrant compounds.
• Environmental management of gaseous emissions and biological treatment alternatives
-Strategies to minimize the environmental impact derived from the use of formaldehyde in the automotive sector.
-Biofiltration systems for the elimination of odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Application to the elimination of greenhouse gases.





Actividade financiada polo Convenio de Colaboración entre a Consellería de Cultura, Educación e a USC para o desenvolvemento de accións estratéxicas de I+D+i.