Biological conversion of energy-rich gases to biomethane and its integration into biogas plants and wastewater treatment plants
In this PhD topic, we will study biological methods for upgrading biogas to biomethane as an alternative to the already established physico-chemical processes that are energy and economically challenging. The study will focus on the operation of laboratory scale models of anaerobic digestion, operated in mesophilic and thermophilic conditions. A suitable gas (e.g. syngas or hydrogen) with reducing equivalents will be fed into these bioreactors to convert carbon dioxide to methane. The aim is to adapt the mixed anaerobic culture to dosed gases and optimize the technological parameters for full-scale conditions.
- 2019 - present: ICT Prague, FTOP, Department of Water technology and environmental engineering, PhD. Student
- 2017 – 2019 ICT Prague, FTOP, Department of Water technology and environmental engineering, diploma thesis: „Biomethanization of carbon dioxide to biomethane using hydrogen“
- 2014 – 2017 ICT Prague, FTOP, bachelor thesis: “Biological conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen to biomethane“.
Other area of interest
- Veolia Summer School in France (Jouy-le-Moutier) – Creating Solution for Sustainable Community
Participation in teaching
- Laboratory Course in Water Technology (UCT Prague)
- Laboratory Course in Water Analysis (UCT Prague)
- Pokorna, D.; Varga, Z.; Andreides, D.; Zabranska, J., Adaptation of anaerobic culture to bioconversion of carbon dioxide with hydrogen to biomethane. Renewable Energy 2019, 142, 167-172.
- Varga Z., Andreides D., Pokorna D., Zábranská J. Biomethane from biogas or waste carbon dioxide: Adaptation of the hydrogenotrophic methanogens; BioTech 2017 and 7th Czech-Swiss Symposium with Exhibition, 13. - 17.6. 2017