Professor Noguera’s research group works on environmental biotechnology with a focus on bioenergy and sustainability. The work with biological wastewater treatment is primarily related to minimizing energy needs in activated sludge processes by harnessing the ability of microorganisms to perform nitrogen and phosphorus removal under low dissolved oxygen conditions. Noguera's lab also works in biofuel and biochemical production by modifying aerobic and anaerobic aromatic degradation pathways.
Our research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Water Research Foundation, the Office for Naval Research, The Water Environment Research Foundation, and by industrial collaborators.
Current research projects in Noguera's lab include:
- Minimization of energy requirements in biological nutrient removal
- Lignin valorization
- Production of medium chain fatty acids from residues of lignocellulosic biorefineries
- Regulatory networks in microorganisms involved in biological nutrient removal