CyanoFactory Consortium paper appeared on-line

I have been collaborating in the CyanoFactory project R&D project developed in response to the European Commission FP7-ENERGY-2012-1 call “Future Emerging Technologies” and the need for significant advances in both new science and technologies to convert solar energy into a fuel. The project has been coordinated by P. Linbald from Uppsala. The UPV node has been integrated by J.F. Urchueguía, D. Fuente, M. Siurana, L. Lemus, and myself.

Prototype of a cyanobacteria based fuel factory.

CyanoFactory, Design, construction and demonstration of solar biofuel production using novel (photo)synthetic cell factories, was an example of “purpose-driven” research and development with identified scientific goals and creation of new technologies. The present paper overview highlights significant outcomes of the project. It has appeared in Algal Research.

Valencia UPV team succeeds in iGEM competition

Since 2014, I have been participating as instructor of the Valencia UPV iGEM team jointly with Diego Orzaez and Jesús Picó. After five years and some special prizes, the team has achieved the best one, the Grand Prize, that recognizes as the best project in the competition. Valencia UPV undergraduate team has achieved a great success in the iGEM competition. The project was named  Printeria, and it consisted of a fully-equipped bioengineering device able to automate the process of printing genetic circuits in bacteria but made as simple and easy to operate as a domestic desktop printer.

The project was also recognized with the best project in the track «New Application Project» and the special prizes of «Best Hardware», «Best Software Tool», «Best Wiki», «Best Model», and nominated for «Best Parts Collection, Best Poster, and Best Education and Public Engagement».

You can find the documentation of the project here: http://2018.igem.org/Team:Valencia_UPV