Dr Denys Villa Gomez

Advance Queensland Industry Researc

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Senior 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 Senior 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

  • Critical metals recovery
  • Bioprocesses enhancing circular economy
  • Pollution prevention and control

Research Impacts

Denys has contributed to expanding the knowledge of engineering approaches and biobased processes for the treatment and management of waste and resource recovery from urban and industrial waste and wastewater. Her research leans on applying biological processes such as biological sulphate reduction for making the treatment of waste more sustainable and economically viable by maximising the efficiency and decreasing the environmental footprint of the operations. This has influenced the field nationally and internationally, as shown in her research metrics, conference invitations as a keynote speaker and as a member of international scientific committees. She is ranked No. 1 in Australia, and No. 11 worldwide in the SciVal topic “acid mine drainage; sulfate-reducing bacteria; sulphate”.

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This project will deliver engineered microbiomes that seed innovative technologies unlocking the recovery of critical metals. This will place the mining industry in the position to implement circular economy practises during mine closure by creating value from its resources.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Weijma, Jan, Klok, Johannes B.M., Dijkman, Henk, Jansen, Gijs, Sànchez-Andrea, Irene, Buisman, Cees J.N., van Hullebusch, Eric D., Hennebel, Tom, du Laing, Gijs, Cruz, Heidy, Pikaar, Ilje and Villa Gomez, Denys K. (2022). Established technologies for metal recovery from industrial wastewater streams. Resource recovery from water: principles and application. (pp. 295-317) edited by Ilje Pikaar, Jeremy Guest, Ramon Ganigué, Paul Jensen, Korneel Rabaey, Thomas Seviour, John Trimmer, Olaf van der Kolk, Céline Vaneeckhaute and Willy Verstraete. London, United Kingdom: IWA Publishing. doi: 10.2166/9781780409566_0295

  • Walling, Eric, Moerman, Wim, Verstraete, Willy, Villa Gomez, Denys K. and Vaneeckhaute, Céline (2022). Resource recovery from industrial wastewater: what and how much is there?. Resource recovery from water: principles and application. (pp. 21-48) edited by Ilje Pikaar, Jeremy Guest, Ramon Ganigué, Paul Jensen, Korneel Rabaey, Thomas Seviour, John Trimmer, Olaf van der Kolk, Céline Vaneeckhaute and Willy Verstraete. London, United Kingdom: IWA Publishing. doi: 10.2166/9781780409566_0021

  • 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

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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.

  • This project will deliver engineered microbiomes that seed innovative technologies unlocking the recovery of critical metals. This will place the mining industry in the position to implement circular economy practises during mine closure by creating value from its resources.