Dr Denys Villa Gomez

Lecturer

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
d.villagomez@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53857

Overview

Dr Denys Villa-Gomez is a Lecturer at the School of Civil Engineering. She obtained her PhD at the Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE), The Netherlands in 2013. Before joining UQ, she was docent of the at the National Polytechnic Institute (UPIIZ-IPN), Mexico, where she developed BSc courses for the careers in environmental engineering and food engineering bioprocess. She leads research in the area of environmental engineering, focusing on the development of sustainable technologies for the treatment and recovery of valuable resources from wastewater and solid waste, where she works with METS sector and government stakeholders. Her topics of interest include circular economy, extraction of critical metals through biotechnology processes, anaerobic digestion for extraction of bioenergy and high-value compounds, waste/wastewater treatment, optimization of bioreactors systems, use of genomics and proteomics tools for improving bioengineered systems. Denys has published over 35 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in high impact factor journals and has expert and advisor roles such as Editor in leading journals and member of scientific committees.

Teaching and Learning:

  • Course coordinator and lecturer in Modelling of Environmental Systems (CIVL3150)
  • Lecturer in Integrated Design for Environmental Management (CIVL4516)
  • Lecturer in Sustainable Built Environment (CIVL4180)

Research Interests

  • Sulphate reduction based bioprocesses for treatment of mine waste
  • Anaerobic digestion of agricultural residues for bioenergy production
  • Application of bioleaching processes to recover metals from mine and electronic waste

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • The main theme of the research directive is the development of sustainable technologies to obtain valuable resources from wastes. Current projects focuses on:

    • Sulphate reduction based bioprocesses for acid mine drainage treatment and metals recovery.
    • Bioenergy production from anaerobic digestion of ligno-based agriculture residues.
    • Understanding microbial metabolic pathways in anaerobic systems as a key to develop sustainable waste/wastewater treatment technologies and novel bioprocess technologies.

    The above listed projects involve the development of innovative technologies that allow for practically and economic feasible recovery of valuable compounds from solid waste and wastewater. All projects are in close collaboration with other research groups at the University of Queensland as well as with industry and international research institutes.

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Liu, Yun, Serrano, Antonio and Villa-Gomez, Denys (2021). Biological treatment of mine-impacted waters on the context of metal recovery. The future of effluent treatment plants: biological treatment systems. (pp. 499-522) edited by Maulin Shah, Susana Rodriguez-Couto and Kavit Mehta. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-822956-9.00026-x

  • Cubero-Cardoso, Juan, Serrano, Antonio, Trujillo-Reyes, Ángeles, K. Villa-Gómez, Denys, Borja, Rafael and Fermoso, Fernando G. (2020). Valorization options of strawberry extrudate agro-waste. A review. Innovation in the food sector through the valorization of food and agro-food by-products [Working Title]. (pp. 1-20) London, United Kingdom: IntechOpen. doi: 10.5772/intechopen.93997

  • Villa-Gomez, Denys Kristalia and Lens, Piet N. L. (2017). Metal recovery from industrial and mining wastewaters using sulphate-reducing bioreactors. Sustainable Heavy Metal Remediation: Volume 2: Case studies. (pp. 81-114) edited by Eldon R. Rene, Erkan Sahinkaya, Alison Lewis and Piet Lens. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-61146-4_3

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Villa Gomez, Denys, Botsch Cellette Gomes, Patrick, Hofmann, Harald, Zhang, Chenming and Williams, David (2018). Assessing biotic and abiotic conditions for understanding bioleaching processes in Zn-Pb-Ag tailings. 11th ICARD | IMWA | WISA MWD 2018 Conference – Risk to Opportunity, Pretoria, South Africa , 10 – 14 September 2018. Pretoria, South Africa: International Mine Water Association/WISA Mine Water Division.

  • Villa Gomez, Denys , Liu, Yun, Vaughan, James, Marcellin, Esteban, Wyman, Valentina, Serrano, Antonio and Southam, Gordon (2018). Microbial-mediated Ni and Co recovery from mine tailings. 11th ICARD | IMWA | WISA MWD 2018 Conference – Risk to Opportunity, Pretoria, South Africa, 10-14 September 2018. Pretoria, South Africa: International Mine Water Association/WISA Mine Water Division.

  • Montoya-Rosales, J. J., González-Rodríguez, L. M., Alatriste-Mondragón, F. and Villa-Gómez, D. K. (2016). Evaluation of pretreatment methods for the anaerobic digestion of bean straw. 4th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management, Limassol, Cyprus, 3-25 June 2016.

  • Villa-Gomez, D. K. , Papirio, S. , Van Hullebusch, E. , Farges, F. , Nikitenko, S. and Lens, P. N. L. (2010). A study of the metal removal mechanisms in sulfate reducing bioreactors: kinetics, speciation and solid phase characterization. Anaerobic Digestion IX - Selected Proceedings of the 9th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 31 October 2010.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The main theme of the research directive is the development of sustainable technologies to obtain valuable resources from wastes. Current projects focuses on:

    • Sulphate reduction based bioprocesses for acid mine drainage treatment and metals recovery.
    • Bioenergy production from anaerobic digestion of ligno-based agriculture residues.
    • Understanding microbial metabolic pathways in anaerobic systems as a key to develop sustainable waste/wastewater treatment technologies and novel bioprocess technologies.

    The above listed projects involve the development of innovative technologies that allow for practically and economic feasible recovery of valuable compounds from solid waste and wastewater. All projects are in close collaboration with other research groups at the University of Queensland as well as with industry and international research institutes.