Carlos Contreras-Davila

Thema coordinator Natural Flocculants


My research is focused on recovering valuable products from waste(water) using open-culture biotechnology and product separation techniques. For example, biopolymers such as extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) or carboxylic acids.


PhD, Environmental Technology, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 2021
MSc, Environmental Sciences, IPICYT, Mexico, 2015

Research interests

bioprocess design, extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), flocculation, carboxylate platform

Selected publications

(Full list: Google Scholar)

  • Contreras-Dávila C.A., Carrión V.J., Vonk V.R., Buisman C.J.N., Strik D.P.B.T.B., Consecutive lactate formation and chain elongation to reduce exogenous chemicals input in repeated-batch food waste fermentation, Water Res., 169, (2020)
  • Contreras-Dávila C.A., Zuidema N., Buisman C.J.N., Strik D.P.B.T.B., Reactor microbiome enriches vegetable oil with n-caproate and n-caprylate for potential functionalized feed additive production via extractive lactate-based chain elongation, Biotechnol Biofuels, 14, 232 (2021)
  • Contreras-Dávila C.A., Méndez-Acosta H.O., Arellano-García L., Alatriste-Mondragón F., Razo-Flores E., Continuous hydrogen production from enzymatic hydrolysate of Agave tequilana bagasse: Effect of the organic loading rate and reactor configuration, Chem. Eng. J., 313 (2017)