Department of Chemistry
 Marta Coma

Whorrod Research Fellow

5W 3.18a


Tel: 01225 385703


Dr Marta Coma


Marta Coma is a Whorrod Research Fellow from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT), researching on renewable feedstocks (i.e. waste and side-streams) for the bioproduction and/or recovery of chemicals.

Marta is a chemist and obtained her PhD in Lequia (Spain) in 2011 on new technologies for wastewater treatment. She also collaborated in industrial focused research on bioelectrochemical systems and sludge management. In 2012 Marta moved to Labmet (actual CMET, Belgium) to work on bioeconomy related topics, specifically in anaerobic treatments from side-streams.

Marta came to Bath in 2015 to establish her own group based on environmental biotechnology. She focuses on reducing and treating waste streams while generating and/or recovering chemical precursors or other valuable compounds as substrates for current industries. Her research interacts with the fields of Chemistry, Biology and Chemical Engineering by developing new biotechnologies based on mixed culture communities to produce chemicals and fuels that will replace the petrochemical production.

Research interests

  • Anaerobic processes for bioproduction
  • Mixed microbial communities: shaping the microbiome to get target products
  • Feedstock characterization linked to product specificity
  • Environmental biotech development: production pipeline integration


Cagnetta, C., D'Haese, A., Coma, M., Props, R., Buysschaert, B., Verliefde, A. and Rabaey, K., 2017. Increased carboxylate production in high-rate activated A-sludge by forward osmosis thickening. Chemical Engineering Journal, 312, pp. 68-78.

Coma, M., Martinez-Hernandez, E., Abeln, F., Raikova, S., Donnelly, J., Arnot, T., Allen, M., Hong, D. D. and Chuck, C. J., 2017. Organic waste as a sustainable feedstock for platform chemicals. Faraday Discussions

Scoma, A., Coma, M., Kerckhof, F. M., Boon, N. and Rabaey, K., 2017. Efficient molasses fermentation under high salinity by inocula of marine and terrestrial origin. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 10 (1), 23.

Cagnetta, C., Coma, M., Vlaeminck, S. E. and Rabaey, K., 2016. Production of carboxylates from high rate activated sludge through fermentation. Bioresource Technology, 217, pp. 165-172.

De Vrieze, J., Coma, M., Debeuckelaere, M., Van der Meeren, P. and Rabaey, K., 2016. High salinity in molasses wastewaters shifts anaerobic digestion to carboxylate production. Water Research, 98, pp. 293-301.

Coma, M., Vilchez-Vargas, R., Roume, H., Jauregui, R., Pieper, D. H. and Rabaey, K., 2016. Product diversity linked to substrate usage in chain elongation by mixed-culture fermentation. Environmental Science & Technology, 50 (12), pp. 6467-6476.

Khor, W. C., Roume, H., Coma, M., Vervaeren, H. and Rabaey, K., 2016. Acetate accumulation enhances mixed culture fermentation of biomass to lactic acid. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Abeln, F., Arnot, T. and Coma, M., 2016. Chemicals Recovery from Food Waste. In: ChemEngDayUK 2016, 2016-03-31 - 2016-04-01, University of Bath.

Coma, M., De Vrieze, J., Debeuckelaere, M., De Groof, V., Andersen, S. J. and Rabaey, K., 2016. Self-generated ethanol in stillage fermentation for carboxylate upgrade. In: ECO-BIO2016, 2016-03-06 - 2016-03-09, Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam.

Vilajeliu-Pons, A., Puig, S., A, C.-M., Nicola, B., Coma, M., Federico, A., Colprim, J. and Balaguer, M. D., 2016. Bioelectrogenic biofilms in water and air pollution treatment. In: Aquatic Biofilms: Ecology, Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment. Caister Academic Press.

Scoma, A., Bertin, L., Reis, M. A. M., Kornaros, M. and Coma, M., 2016. Multipurpose, integrated 2nd generation biorefineries. BioMed Research International, 2016, 4327575.

Andersen, S. J., Candry, P., Basadre, T., Khor, W. C., Roume, H., Hernandez-Sanabria, E., Coma, M. and Rabaey, K., 2015. Electrolytic extraction drives volatile fatty acid chain elongation through lactic acid and replaces chemical pH control in thin stillage fermentation. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 8 (1), 221.

Coma, M., Rovira, S., Canals, J. and Colprim, J., 2015. Integrated side-stream reactor for biological nutrient removal and minimization of sludge production. Water Science and Technology, 71 (7), pp. 1056-1064.

Andersen, S. J., Hennebel, T., Gildemyn, S., Coma, M., Desloover, J., Berton, J., Tsukamoto, J., Stevens, C. and Rabaey, K., 2014. Electrolytic membrane extraction enables production of fine chemicals from biorefinery sidestreams. Environmental Science and Technology, 48 (12), pp. 7135-7142.

Berjaga, X., Coma, M., Meléndez, J., Puig, S., Colprim, J. and Colomer, J., 2014. Granularity determination of activated sludge through on-line profiles by means of case-based reasoning. Water Science and Technology, 69 (4), pp. 760-767.

Lanham, A. B., Ricardo, A. R., Albuquerque, M. G. E., Pardelha, F., Carvalheira, M., Coma, M., Fradinho, J., Carvalho, G., Oehmen, A. and Reis, M. A. M., 2013. Determination of the extraction kinetics for the quantification of polyhydroxyalkanoate monomers in mixed microbial systems. Process Biochemistry, 48 (11), pp. 1626-1634.

Pous, N., Puig, S., Coma, M., Balaguer, M. D. and Colprim, J., 2013. Bioremediation of nitrate-polluted groundwater in a microbial fuel cell. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 88 (9), pp. 1690-1696.

Colomer, J., Wong, A., Coma, M., Puig, S. and Colprim, J., 2013. Qualitative estimation of SBR biological nutrient removal performance for wastewater treatment. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 88 (7), pp. 1305-1313.

Coma, M., Puig, S., Pous, N., Balaguer, M. D. and Colprim, J., 2013. Biocatalysed sulphate removal in a BES cathode. Bioresource Technology, 130, pp. 218-223.

Coma, M., Rovira, S., Canals, J. and Colprim, J., 2013. Minimization of sludge production by a side-stream reactor under anoxic conditions in a pilot plant. Bioresource Technology, 129, pp. 229-235.

Lanham, A. B., Ricardo, A. R., Coma, M., Fradinho, J., Carvalheira, M., Oehmen, A., Carvalho, G. and Reis, M. A. M., 2012. Optimisation of glycogen quantification in mixed microbial cultures. Bioresource Technology, 118, pp. 518-525.

Puig, S., Coma, M., Desloover, J., Boon, N., Colprim, J. and Balaguer, M. D., 2012. Autotrophic denitrification in microbial fuel cells treating low ionic strength waters. Environmental Science and Technology, 46 (4), pp. 2309-2315.

Coma, M., Verawaty, M., Pijuan, M., Yuan, Z. and Bond, P. L., 2012. Enhancing aerobic granulation for biological nutrient removal from domestic wastewater. Bioresource Technology, 103 (1), pp. 101-108.

Coma, M., 2011. Biological nutrient removal in SBR technology: from floccular to granular sludge. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)).

Puig, S., Serra, M., Coma, M., Cabré, M., Balaguer, M.D. and Colprim, J., 2011. Microbial fuel cell application in landfill leachate treatment. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 185 (2-3), pp. 763-767.

Puig, S., Serra, M., Coma, M., Balaguer, M. D. and Colprim, J., 2011. Simultaneous domestic wastewater treatment and renewable energy production using microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Water Science and Technology, 64 (4), pp. 904-909.

Puig, S., Serra, M., Coma, M., Cabré, M., Balaguer, M. D. and Colprim, J., 2010. Effect of pH on nutrient dynamics and electricity production using microbial fuel cells. Bioresource Technology, 101 (24), pp. 9594-9599.

Coma, M., Puig, S., Balaguer, M. D. and Colprim, J., 2010. The role of nitrate and nitrite in a granular sludge process treating low-strength wastewater. Chemical Engineering Journal, 164 (1), pp. 208-213.

Coma, M., Puig, S., Monclús, H., Balaguer, M. D. and Colprim, J., 2010. Effect of cycle changes on simultaneous biological nutrient removal in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR). Environmental Science & Technology, 31 (3), pp. 285-294.

Monclús, H., Puig, S., Coma, M., Bosch, A., Balaguer, M. D. and Colprim, J., 2009. Nitrogen removal from landfill leachate using the SBR technology. Environmental Science & Technology, 30 (3), pp. 283-290.

Puig, S., Coma, M., Monclús, H., van Loosdrecht, M. C. M., Colprim, J. and Balaguer, M. D., 2008. Selection between alcohols and volatile fatty acids as external carbon sources for EBPR. Water Research, 42 (3), pp. 557-566.

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