Research Group:  Bioprocess Engineering and Applied Biocatalysis

Chemical Engineering Department.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain


Focus of research group: Enzyme Technology and Biocatalysis

1.     Ph. D. Thesis on Oxidative Enzymatic Processes (PIF contract)

European Project (Horizon 2020) entitled: Expanding the industrial use of Robust Oxidative Bioctalysts for the conversion and production of alcohols (ROBOX).

ROBOX Project Objective: In order to achieve the widening of industrial application of enzymatic biooxidation processes, ROBOX will demonstrate the techno-economic viability of biotransformations of four types of oxidative enzymes:

Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450s)

Baeyer-Villiger MonoOxygenase (BVMOs)

Alcohol DeHydrogenases (ADHs)

Alcohol OXidases (AOXs)

The ROBOX consortium aims to make biocatalytic alternatives, based on probably the three most important types of enzymatic oxidations (alcohol oxidation, C-H activation and lactonization by monooxygenases) with reduced environmental footprint accessible to large scale chemical synthesis and other industrial conversions. This will be done by the development and demonstration of 11 industrially relevant reactions catalyzed by representatives of four different types of oxidative enzymes, while concomitantly consolidating the corresponding experimental and computational methods into a generic platform of technologies for fast and accurate enzyme activity determination required for enzyme optimization, production and application in a biocatalytic process. This approach will enable the design of highly efficient biocatalysts with an adapted range of substrates of immediate relevance for industrially important conversions.

Scheduled starting date:September 2016

Duration:3 years

Applicants’ requirements:Master in Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering , Biochemistry, or related areas.  Background in Applied Biocatalysis and Biotransformations will be considered as an additional merit.

Approximate Annual Salary (Before Taxes):14.400 €

Applying for: send a brief Curriculum Vitae (4 pages)

Contact person: Dr. Gregorio Álvaro. gregorio.alvaro@uab.cat   Tel. +34935812791

Gregorio Álvaro Campos

Bioprocess Engineering and Applied Biocatalysis Group
Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Bellaterra, 08193-Cerdanyola del Vallès



e-mail: gregorio.alvaro@uab.cat

Phone: +34-93 581 27 91

Fax: +34-93 581 20 13

ORCID ID 0000-0002-2924-8902

ResearcherID D-1854-2009

Scopus Author ID 6701616108