8th International Conference on Biotechniques for Air Pollution Control & Bioenergy

The 8th International Conference on Biotechniques for Air Pollution Control and Bioenergy (Biotechniques-2019) will be held at the National University of Ireland, on August 28 – 30, 2019. Biotechniques-2019 covers a wide range of topics related to the application of environmental biotechnology for air pollution control, greenhouse gas mitigation, gas fermentation in bioreactors and clean (bio)fuels production and upgrading, among others. The conference opens new doors to academic and industrial partners in order to facilitate research cooperation between academia and industry, potentially allowing commercialization of innovative bioprocesses.

28 – 30 August 2019

Galway, Ireland

Organized by the National University of Galway and the BIOENGIN group at the University of A Coruña


Waste gas treatment – process fundamentals

  • Chemistry of gaseous pollutants, including gas hydrate formation, atmospheric chemistry and gas-solid interactions.
  • Biodegradation of volatile compounds and air pollutants, including organic and inorganic pollutants, odours, N and S compounds.
  • Microbiological aspects of wastegas treatment: physiology and metabolism, new species, microbial populations in bioreactors, application of novel microbiology approaches.

Waste gas treatment – process engineering

  • Biotechniques to treat emerging pollutants, e.g. NOx, SOx, CO, CO2, CH4, siloxanes, selenium.
  • Development of new biocatalysts and innovative operating strategies.
  • Phytoremediation and wetlands for air pollution, e.g. plants to absorb nitrogen compounds or CO2.
  • Integration of non-biological processes.
  • Development and optimization of conventional and innovative bioreactors, including biofilters, biotrickling filters, bioscrubbers, membrane bioreactors, gas diffusion into suspended growth reactors, two-liquid phase systems, fluidized bed reactors, as well as alternative bioreactor configurations like microbial fuel cells.
  • Indoor air treatment in buildings and space crafts.
  • Landfill emissions, landfill gas capture and methane oxidation in covers.
  • Industrial, pilot and full-scale applications.

Gas and waste gas bioconversion

  • Bioconversion of waste gases and greenhouse gases (e.g. CH4, CO2, CO) to useful products.
  • Syngas fermentation.
  • Microbiology of biocatalysts: aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, fungi, algae.


  • Biological gas purification and upgrading of gas quality, e.g. fuels and biogas biodesulfurisation and synthesis gas purification.
  • Biofuels, e.g. hydrogen production by anaerobic or nonsulfur bacteria; and biodiesel production.
  • LNG production and transport.


Submission of oral or poster abstracts:

April 15th 2019

Notification of acceptance:

April 30th 2019

Full papers:

July 1st 2019

Early registration:

July 1st 2019


Authors interested in giving a presentation are invited to submit an abstract in English, preferably as a word-file. It should not exceed 1000 words. If it contains figures or tables, it should not exceed 2 pages. The abstract must include a comprehensive title, the name of all authors, their complete affiliation, and clear results and conclusions to allow the scientific committee to judge on the quality of the work. Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail as an attached file before 29th March 2019. Registration is a prerequisite for an abstract to be included in the final programme. Those who prefer to have a poster presentation can mention it by e-mail when sending the abstract. As far as possible, abstracts will be accepted for oral presentation but poster presentation will be possible as well.


Full registration (before July 1st, 2019): 350 Euros

Full registration (after July 1st, 2019): 400 Euros

Student registration* (before July 1st, 2019): 200 Euros

Student registration* (after July 1st, 2019): 300 Euros

The registration fee includes the attendance to all technical sessions, a copy of the proceedings book, daily lunches, and the coffee breaks.

*For student registrations, a proof of full-time student status must be provided by sending copies of official documents to:


Organizing Institutions
The 8th International Conference on Biotechniques for Air Pollution Control & Bioenergy is co-organized by the National University of Ireland Galway, (Ireland) and the BIOENGIN group of the University of La Coruña (Spain).
Scientific committee
Piet Lens, NUI Galway, Ireland (Chair)


Christian Kennes, University of La Coruña, Spain (Chair)

Yves Andrès, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France

Germán Aroca, University of Valparaíso, Chile

Domingo Cantero, University of Cádiz, Spain

Jewel Das, NUI Galway, Ireland

Jean-Louis Fanlo, Ecole des Mines d’Alès, France

Carmen Gabaldón, University of Valencia, Spain

David Gabriel, University of Barcelona, Spain

Xavier Gamisans, University Politécnica Barcelona, Spain

Michèle Heitz, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

Luc Malhauteir, Ecole des Mines d’Alès, France

Jose Manuel Montes de Oca, University of Cádiz, Spain

Collette Mulkeen, NUI Galway, Ireland

Raúl Muñoz, University of Valladolid, Spain

Haris Nalakath Abubackar, University of La Coruña, Spain

Vincent O’Flaherty, NUI Galway Ireland

Eldon Raj, IHE Delft, The Netherlands

Sergio Revah, University Autónoma Metropolitana, México

Richard Stuetz, UNSW Sydney, Australia

Herman Van Langenhove, University Gent, Belgium

María C. Veiga, University of La Coruña, Spain

Xinmin Zhan, NUI Galway, Ireland