Degrees  

  • PhD in Engineering and Advanced Technologies, University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain),
  • MS in Environmental Engineering, University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain),
  • BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).

Areas of Interest: Anaerobic digestion, waste management, urban wastes, agricultural wastes, Hydrolysis, AD microbiology, AD intermediate products, Rumen, Bio-reactor design, Biological strategies.

Research Projects: Developing a novel dynamic membrane bio-reactor to enhance hydrolysis in anaerobic digestion.

Other Interests:  Cinema, History, Reading and travelling

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Mohareb, M. C. Heller, P. Novak, B.P. Goldstein, X. Fonoll, L. Raskin (2017). Considerations for reducing food system energy demand while scaling up urban agriculture. Environmental Research Letters. In press
  • S. Shrestha, X. Fonoll, S. Khanal, L. Raskin (2017). Biological strategies for enhanced hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass during anaerobic digestion: current status and future perspectives. Bioresource and Technology. In press
  • X. Fonoll, S. Astals, J. Dosta, J. Mata-Alvarez (2016). Impact of paper and cardboard suppression on OFMSW anaerobic digestion. Waste Management In press
  • X. Fonoll, S. Astals, J. Dosta, J. Mata-Alvarez. Anaerobic co-digestion of sewage sludge and fruit wastes: Evaluation of the transitory states when the co-substrate is changed. Chemical Engineering Journal (2015) 262, 1268–1274
  • J. Mata-Alvarez, J. Dosta, M.S. Romero-Güiza, X. Fonoll, M. Peces, S. Astals. A critical review on anaerobic co-digestion achievements between 2010 and 2013. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (2014) 36; 412.427.
  • S. Astals, J. Dosta, X. Fonoll, M. Peces, M. Romero-Güiza, J. Mata-Álvarez. Codigestión anaeróbica como opción de mejora de la valorización energética de los lodos de depuradora. RETEMA, Revista Técnica de Medio Ambiente (2013) nº 170, pp. 68-7

Conference and Poster Presentations

  • Shilva Shrestha, Xavier Fonoll, Lutgarde Raskin. Production of high-value chemicals from urban organic wastes streams using anaerobic bioreactor systems. 15th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. Beijing, China, October 2017.
  • Xavier Fonoll, Shilva Shrestha, Maja Nielsen, Lutgarde Raskin. Dynamic Membrane Bioreactor Based On Rumen Fermentation to Improve Hydrolysis in Anaerobic Digestion of Lignocellulosic Substrates. 15th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. Beijing, China, October 2017.
  • Xavier Fonoll, Shilva Shrestha, Maja Nielsen, Lutgarde Raskin. Design of a Novel Anaerobic System For The Production of High-value Biochemicals From Urban Organic Waste Streams. AEESP Research and Education Conference. Ann Arbor, USA, June 2017.
  • Shilva Shrestha, Xavier Fonoll, Joan Dosta, Joan Mata-Alvarez, Samir Khanal, Lutgarde Raskin. Synergistic Application of Microbial and Engineering Techniques to Simulate Natural Ecosystem in Anaerobic Digestion. 1st Symposium on Microbiological Methods for Waste & Water Resource Recovery. Delft, Netherlands, May 2017.
  • Shilva Shrestha, Xavier Fonoll, Joan Dosta, Joan Mata-Alvarez, Samir Khanal, Lutgarde Raskin. Natural Strategies for Enhanced Biogas Production from Anaerobic Digestion of Lignocellulosic Biomass. 3rd International Conference on Biogas Microbiology (ICBM-3). Wageningen, Netherlands, May 2017.
  • Shilva Shrestha, Xavier Fonoll, Maja Nielsen, Lutgarde .Raskin. Production of platform chemicals from organic waste streams using novel anaerobic systems with dynamic membranes. 2017 Borchardt Conference. Ann Arbor (USA), February 2017
  • Xavier Fonoll, Shilva Shrestha, Ben Kunstman, Joan Mata-Alvarez, Samir Khanal, Lutgarde Raskin. Natural strategies for enhanced biogas production from anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass. 2017 Borchardt Conference. Ann Arbor (USA), February 2017.
  • Xavier Fonoll, Shilva Shrestha, Maja Nielsen, Lutgarde .Raskin. Production of platform chemicals from organic waste streams using novel anaerobic systems with dynamic membranes. Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment Conference (MUSE). Ann Arbor (USA), February 2017.
  • Xavier Fonoll, Shilva Shrestha, Ben Kunstman, Joan Mata-Alvarez, Samir Khanal, Lutgarde Raskin. Anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic substrates with cow manure and rumen as potential co-substrates. 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. Viña del Mar (Chile), November 2015. Short oral presentation
  • Shilva Shrestha, Xavier Fonoll, Joan Mata-Alvarez, Samir Khanal, Lutgarde Raskin. Use of rumen content to enhance anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass. 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. Viña del Mar (Chile), November 2015.
  • Xavier Fonoll, Sergi Astals, Joan Dosta, Joan Mata-Alvarez. MBT plant revamping: Does waste paper can be separated prior OFMSW anaerobic digestion? IWWATV – Industrial Water & Wastewater Valorisation & Treatment. Athens (Greece), May 2015
  • Xavier Fonoll, Roger Roig, Joan Mata-Alvarez. Anaerobic co-digestion for agro-wastes: Ultrasounds pre-treatment to improve biogas production. 13th Mediterranean Congress of Chemical Engineering. Barcelona (Spain), September 2014
  • Xavier Fonoll, Sergi Astals, Joan Dosta, Joan Mata-Alvarez. Effect of paper fraction on the mesophilic anaerobic digestion of OFMSW. biogas and digestate evaluation. 9th International Conference ORBIT 2014. New Challenges, New Responses in the 21st Century. Gödöllő (Hungría), Junio 2014.
  • Xavier Fonoll, Sergi Astals, Joan Dosta, Joan Mata-Alvarez. Sewage Sludge And Fruit Wastes Anaerobic Co-digestion: Evaluation of The Process. 2nd IWA Specialized International Conference – Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment – ecoSTP2014. Verona (Italia), Junio 2014.
  • Joan Mata-Alvarez, Joan Dosta, Sergi Astals, Miriam Peces, Xavier Fonoll, Maycoll Romero. Improving digester performance by anaerobic co-digestion: Process and modeling aspects. 18th Romanian International Conference on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Sinaia (Rumania), Septiembre 2013.
  • Joan Mata-Alvarez, Joan Dosta, Sergi Astals, Miriam Peces, Xavier Fonoll, Maycoll Romero. Anaerobic co-digestion: A review of achievements and perspectives. 13th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. Santiago de Compostela (España), Junio 2013.
  • Xavier Fonoll, Roger Roig, Joan Mata-Alvarez. Anaerobic co-digestion for agro-wastes: Ultrasounds pre-treatment to improve biogas production. 13th Mediterranean Congress of Chemical Engineering. Barcelona (España), Septiembre 2014
  • Xavier Fonoll, Sergi Astals, Joan Mata-Alvarez. Anaerobic co-digestion: focusing on the transitory state when the co-substrate is changed. 13th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. Santiago de Compostela (España), Junio 2013.
  • Xavier Fonoll, Sergi Astals, Joan Mata-Alvarez. Anaerobic co-digestion: focusing on the transitory state when the co-substrate is changed. Recuwatt. Mataró (España), Octubre 2012

Awards and Honors

  • Ph. D. Scholarship
    Fundació Crèdit Andorrà | Andorra la Vella, Andorra
    June 2012
  • Scholarship for research collaboration in the Chemical Engineering Department.
    University of Barcelona |Barcelona, Spain
    September 2011 – December 2011
  • Scholarship to attend the course “Erasmus Intensive Programme: Energy Production from Biomass in the EU (EPROBIO)”
    European Union | Foggia, Italia
    June 2011

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