Saturday, April 01, 2017

Alessandro A. Carmona-Martínez

Researcher at:  

IMDEA-Water & Bioelectrogenesis Group
Member of Global Network of Qualified Mexicans Abroad
Avenida Punto Com, No. 2
Parque Científico Tecnológico de la Universidad de Alcalá
28805, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Tel: (+34) 91 830 59 62 
Fax: (+34) 91 830 59 61      
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3015-6802 
ResearcherID: J-1352-2014
Born August 19th, 1982 in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Member of the National System of Researchers Level 1
E-mail: x@y with x = "alessandro.carmona" & y = ""

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Career Objective
To seek a position in an academic or research institution that encourages innovative research and promotes intellectual growth by utilizing my expertise and skills.


Currently working in these projects:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Public engagement activities

2010: “Doors Open Day” at the TU Braunschweig: I conducted experiments and explanations related to bioenergy production for a non-scientific audience→Further Info: here & here.

2011: Participation of experimental materials for a video clip explaining the activities of the research group at the TU Brausnchweig→Movie.

2009: Counselling a Mexican artist in the project “Plantas Nómadas” (i.e.: “nomadic plants”) about the concept of METs and fabrication of a self-sustainable robot able to feed from polluted rivers→ here & Movie.




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Linguistic skills: Reading, Writing and Speaking

-Spanish: Mother tongue
-English: Proficient (english as a second language at Harmon Hall Mexico)
-German: Good [Goethe-Institut Mexiko (Stufe A1-A3); TestDaF/ Intensivkurs at DID Deutsch-Institut
-French: both speaking and writing basic (Maison de jeunes et de la culture de Narbonne)
-Dutch: visited basic course at VU Amsterdam

Professional memberships

-International Society for Microbial Electrochemical Technologies
-Mexican Talent Network e.V., Germany, France and Spain
-Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, A.C.
-Mexican Society of Hydrogen, A.C.

Participation in commissions of trust as referee for Scientific journals/ conferences, Funding agencies, Universites and Research Centers

1) Scientific journals. Feel free to visit my Reviewer profile in:

2) Funding agencies:

-Cámara certifica:

-Convocatoria CONACYT Secretaría de Energía – Sustentabilidad Energética 2016, Sexto Período

3) Scientific conferences:

-The 4th International Symposium on Environmental Biotechnology and Engineering

-Innovation Match:

4) Commissions of trust

2004-2005 and 2002-2003: School Board Student Counsellor while conducting B.Sc. studies:

5) Universities and Research Centers:

Awards and Honours

2016-2018: Member of the National System of Researchers Level 1
2012: Foundation Caesar grant for academic research visit at the VU Amsterdam.
2008-2011: Ph. D. scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
2008-2011: Ph. D. complementary scholarship program by the Secretariat of Public Education of Mexico (SEP).
2008: Winner in the student paper competition at the Sixth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds (Monterey, California, USA)
2006: Winner of the poster competition in the renewable energies area at the Second International Meeting on Environmental Biotechnology and Engineering (Mexico City, Mexico).
2005-2007: M. Sc. scholarship by National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT).

Oral/poster presentations in international conferences

14.  A.A. Carmona-Martínez, E. Trably, N. Bernet. 2015. Direct microbial electrosynthesis or H2 mediated microbial synthesis of acetate? Presented at the  Fifth international meeting on microbial electrochemistry and technologies, Arizona (USA), October 1st – 4th, 2015.

13.  A.A. Carmona-Martínez, E. Trably, K. Milferstedt and N. Bernet. 2014. Caractérisation de la communauté microbienne du biofilm anodique d'une cellule d'électrolyse microbienne (MEC) en conditions salines. Presented at the Journées Recherche-Industrie, Narbonne, (France), October 7th – 9th, 2014.

12.  A.A. Carmona-Martínez, R. Lacroix, S. Da Silva, E. Trably, N. Bernet. 2014. On the modeling of the surface area that actually contributes to the current density produced in microbial electrochemical systems. Presented at the 2th European meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, Alcalá, Madrid, (Spain), September 3rd – 5th, 2014.

11. A.A. Carmona-Martínez, M. Pierra, E. Trably, N. Bernet. 2013. Electrochemical and microscopic characterization of the novel anode-respiring bacterium Geoalkalibacter subterraneus. Presented at the 4th International Microbial Fuel Cell Conference, Cairns, Queensland, (Australia), September 1st – 4th, 2013.

10. A.A. Carmona-MartínezE. Trably, N. Bernet. 2013. Innovative Continuous High Yield Hydrogen Gas Production System: Coupling a Microbial Electrolysis Cell Fed with Resultant Dead-end Metabolites of a Saline Dark Fermentation Reactor. Presented at the BioH2 2013, Montréal (Canada), August 5th – 7th, 2013.

9. A.A. Carmona-MartínezF. Harnisch, U. Kuhlicke, T.R. Neu, U. Schröder. 2012. Electron Transfer and Biofilm Formation of Shewanella putrefaciens as Function of Anode Potential. Presented at the EU-ISMET meeting: From extracellular electron transfer to innovative process development, Ghent (Belgium), September 27th – 28th, 2012.

8. A. Carmona-Martínez, S. Patil, F. Harnisch, U. Schröder, S. Chen, C. Greiner, A. Agarwal, H. Hou, Y. Zhang, S. Sinha-Ray, A. Yarin. 2011. High Surface Area Electrospun and Solution-blown Carbonized Nonwovens to Enhance the Current Density in Bioelectrochemical Systems (BES). Abstract ELE 026. Presented at Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2011, Bremen (Germany), September 4th – 7th, 2011.

7. A. Carmona-Martínez, F. Harnisch, U. Schröder. 2010. Analysis of the electron transfer and current production of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 wild-type and derived mutants. Abstract P058. Presented at Electrochemistry 2010: From microscopic understanding to global impact, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany), September 13th – 15th, 2010.

6. A. Carmona-Martínez, F. Harnisch, U. Schröder. 2009. Cyclic voltammetry as a useful technique to characterize electrochemically active microorganisms: Shewanella putrefaciens. Abstract AE15. Presented at Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2009, Frankfurt am Main (Germany), August 30th – September 2nd, 2009. ISBN: 978-3-936028-59-1.

5. A.A. Carmona-Martínez, 2009. Microbial fuel cells: an alternative for the production of clean electricity. Abstract F128. Presented at German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship Holders Meeting. Hanover (Germany). June 19th – 21th, 2009. Fotos!

4. A. Carmona-Martinez, O. Solorza-Feria, H. M. Poggi-Varaldo. 2008. Batch tests of a microbial fuel cell for electricity generation from spent organic extracts from hydrogenogenic fermentation of organic solid wastes. Abstract 2894. Presented at Third International Meeting on Environmental Biotechnology and Engineering. Palma de Mallorca (Spain). September 21st - 25th 2008. ISBN: 978-84-692-4948-2.

3. A. A. Carmona-Martínez, O. Solorza-Feria, H. M. Poggi-Varaldo. 2008. Design and characterization of a microbial fuel cell for electricity production from leachates. Paper S001. Presented at Sixth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds. Monterey, California (USA). May 19th – 22th 2008. ISBN: 1-57477-163-9.

2. A. A. Carmona-Martínez, F. Esparza-García, J. García-Mena, O. Solorza-Feria, H. M. Poggi-Varaldo. 2006. Actualidad y perspectivas en celdas de combustible microbianas para la obtención de energía eléctrica a partir de residuales. Paper 109. Presented at Second International Meeting on Environmental Biotechnology and Engineering. Mexico City (Mexico). September 26th – 29th 2006. ISBN: 970-95106-0-6.

1. A.A. Carmona-Martínez, K. Muñoz-Páez, I. Valdez-Vázquez, and H.M. Poggi-Varaldo. 2004. Hydrogen production by inhibited methanogenic consortia: Effect of the temperature shift. Presented at The First International Meeting on Environmental Biotechnology and Engineering Mexico City (Mexico). September 6th – 8th 2004. ISBN: 970-95106-0-6.

Oral/poster presentations during B.Sc. and M.Sc.studies
  1. A.A. Carmona-MartínezJaime García-Mena, Omar Solorza-Feria, Héctor M. Poggi-Varaldo. 2007. Operación de una Celda de Combustible Microbiana para la Generación de Energía Eléctrica Directa a partir de Extractos Provenientes de la fermentación Hidrogenogénica de Residuos Solidos. Presentación oral en el 1er Congreso Nacional de Energías Alternativas. Ciudad de Querétaro, Qro. 2-4 de Julio de 2007.
  2. A.A. Carmona-MartínezJuan C. Fernández-Ortiz, Jaime García-Mena, Omar Solorza-Feria, Héctor M. Poggi-Varaldo. 2007. Caracterización de una Celda de Combustible Microbiana para el Tratamiento de efluentes contaminados. Presentación de un cartel en el 1er Congreso Nacional de Energías Alternativas. Ciudad de Querétaro, Qro. 2-4 de Julio de 2007.
  3. A.A. Carmona-MartínezSolorza-Feria O., García-Mena J., Fernández-Ortiz J.C., Poggi-Varaldo H. P. 2007. Obtención de energía eléctrica mediante una celda de combustible microbiana utilizando como inóculo un digestor metanogénico. Presentación de un cartel en el XII Congreso Nacional de Biotecnología y Bioingeniería. Ciudad de Morelia, Michoacán. 25-29 de junio de 2007.
  4. A.A. Carmona-Martínez2007. Discusión y análisis sobre las experiencias del Ingeniero Ambiental en el campo laboral. Mesa Redonda: “La experiencia en el campo laboral del Ingeniero Ambiental”. Ponencia Oral. Unidad Profesional Interdisciplinaria de Biotecnología. México Distrito Federal. 8 de junio de 2007.
  5. A.A. Carmona-MartínezK. Muñoz-Páez; Idania Valdez-Vázquez; Héctor M. Poggi-Varaldo. 2004. Producción biológica de hidrogeno mediante consorcios metanogénicos inhibidos: efecto del cruce de temperaturas. Presentación oral en el IV Encuentro Nacional de Biotecnología del IPN. Santa Cruz, Tlaxcala. 10-12 de noviembre de 2004.
  6. Valdez V. I.Carmona M. A., Muñoz P. K., PoggiV. H.M. 2004. Producción de hidrogeno mediante consorcios metanogénicos inhibidos: efecto del cruce de temperaturas.Presentación Oral en el IX Congreso Nacional y III congreso Internacional de Ciencias Ambientales. Huatulco, Oaxaca, México. 12-14 de mayo de 2004. 

Peer-reviewed publications

Note: as a non native english speaker I always have a look at:
My Citations
If you want a pdf copy and have no access to the journal or require further information, feel free to mail me, visit my Researchgate profile (here) or download them from (updated link below Bio profile):

16. A.A. Carmona-Martinez, K.H. Ly, P. Hildebrandt, U. Schröder, F. Harnisch*, D. Millo*, Spectroelectrochemical analysis of intact microbial biofilms of Shewanella species for sustainable energy production, In preparation...

15. A. Marone*, O. Ayala, E. Trably, A.A. Carmona-Martinez, R. Moscoviz, E. Latrille, J.P. Steyer, V. Alcaraz and N. Coupling dark fermentation and microbial electrolysis to enhance bio-hydrogen production from agro-industrial wastewaters and by-products in a bio-refinery framework, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.09.166 (2016)

14. A. Marone, A.A. Carmona-Martinez, Y. Sire, E. Meudec, J.P. Steyer, N. Bernet* and E. Trably, Bioelectrochemical treatment of table olive brine processing wastewater for biogas production and phenolic compounds removal, Water Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.05.008 (2016).
13. N. Pous, A.A. Carmona-Martínez, A.Vilajeliu-Pons, E. Fiset, L. Bañeras, E. Trably, M.D. Balaguer, J. Colprim, N. Bernet, S. Puig, Bidirectional microbial electron transfer: switching an acetate oxidizing biofilm to nitrate reducing conditions, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, doi:10.1016/j.bios.2015.08.035, (2015).

12. M. Pierra, A.A. Carmona-Martínez, E. Trably, J.-J. Godon, N. Bernet, Microbial characterization of anode-respiring bacteria within biofilms developed from cultures previously enriched in dissimilatory metal-reducing bacteria, Bioresource Technology, doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.07.010, (2015).

11. A.A. Carmona-Martínez, E. Trably, K. Milferstedt, R. Lacroix, L. Etcheverry and N. Bernet*, Long-term continuous production of H2 in a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) treating saline wastewater, Water Research,  81: 149–156, (2915)

10. M. Pierra, A.A. Carmona-Martínez, E. Trably, J.-J. Godon, N. Bernet, Specific and efficient electrochemical selection of Geoalkalibacter subterraneus and Desulfuromonas acetoxidans in high current-producing biofilms, Bioelectrochemistry, DOI:10.1016/j.bioelechem.2015.02.003, (2015).

9. A.A. Carmona-Martinez*, M. Pierra, E. Trably, Bernet N., High current density via direct electron transfer by the halophilic anode respiring bacterium Geoalkalibacter subterraneus, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., DOI:10.1039/C3CP54045F, (2013).

8. A.A. Carmona-Martinez, F. Harnisch, U. Kuhlicke, T.R. Neu, U. Schröder, Electron transfer and biofilm formation of Shewanella putrefaciens as function of anode potential, Bioelectrochemistry, (2012) Online.

7. S.A. Patil, F. Harnisch, C. Koch, T. Hübschmann, I. Fetzer, A.A. Carmona-Martínez, S. Müller, U. Schröder, Electroactive mixed culture derived biofilms in microbial bioelectrochemical systems: The role of pH on biofilm formation, performance and composition, Bioresource Technology, 102 (2011) 9683-9690.

6. S. Chen, H. Hou, F. Harnisch, S.A. Patil, A.A. Carmona-Martinez, S. Agarwal, Y. Zhang, S. Sinha-Ray, A.L. Yarin, A. Greiner, U. Schröder, Electrospun and solution blown three-dimensional carbon fiber nonwovens for application as electrodes in microbial fuel cells, Energy and Environmental Science, 4 (2011) 1417-1421.

5. S. Chen, G. He, A.A. Carmona-Martinez, S. Agarwal, A. Greiner, H. Hou, U. Schröder, Electrospun carbon fiber mat with layered architecture for anode in microbial fuel cells, Electrochemistry Communications, 13 (2011) 1026-1029.

4. A.A. Carmona-Martinez, F. Harnisch, L.A. Fitzgerald, J.C. Biffinger, B.R. Ringeisen, U. Schröder, Cyclic voltammetric analysis of the electron transfer of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 and nanofilament and cytochrome knock-out mutants, Bioelectrochemistry, 81 (2011) 74-80.

Paper featured in a Review by Dr. Sunil. A. Patil

3. H.M. Poggi-Varaldo, A. Carmona-Martínez, A.L. Vázquez-Larios, O. Solorza-Feria, Effect of inoculum type on the performance of a microbial fuel cell fed with spent organic extracts from hydrogenogenic fermentation of organic solid wastes, Journal of New Materials for Electrochemical Systems, 12 (2009) 49-54.

2. I. Valdez-Vazquez, E. Ríos-Leal, K.M. Muñoz-Páez, A. Carmona-Martínez, H.M. Poggi-Varaldo, Effect of inhibition treatment, type of inocula, and incubation temperature on batch H2 production from organic solid waste, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 95 (2006) 342-349.

1. I. Valdez-Vazquez, E. Ríos-Leal, A. Carmona-Martínez, K.M. Muñoz-Páez, H.M. Poggi-Varaldo, Improvement of biohydrogen production from solid wastes by intermittent venting and gas flushing of batch reactors headspace, Environmental Science and Technology, 40 (2006) 3409-3415.

Book chapter:
Anna Vilajeliu-Pons, Sebastià Puig, Alessandro A. Carmona-Martínez, Nicolas Bernet, Marta Coma, Federico Aulenta, Jesús Colprim and Maria Dolors Balaguer. 2016. Aquatic Biofilms: Ecology, Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment. ISBN: 978-1-910190-17-3.