Maximino Manzanera

University of Granada Spain

Maximino Manzanera was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1972. He received a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Granada in 1994. After his degree he began his doctoral studies at the Agricultural Sciences Institute (Estación Experimental del Zaidín) as part of the Spanish High Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) where he received his Ph.D. in 2000. He then joined the University of Cambridge as Research Associate working in different centres of the University, including the Institute of Biotechnology and Departments of Genetics, Chemistry and CIMR. In mid-2006 he was awarded with the Ramón y Cajal Fellowship with which he joined the Institute for Water Research at the University of Granada as a Lead Researcher. Maximino is participating actively in three main lines of research: Anhydrobiotic Engineering, Rhizoremediation and Biofuels of microbial origin.

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Renewable energy sources such as biodiesel, bioethanol, biomethane, biomass from wastes or hydrogen are subject of great interest in the current energy scene. These fuels contribute to the reduction of prices and dependence on fossil fuels. In addition, energy sources such as these could partially replace the use of what is considered as the major factor responsible for global warming and the main source of local environmental pollution. For these reasons they are known as alternative fuels. There is an urgent need to find and optimise the use of alternative fuels to provide a net energy gain, to be economically competitive and to be producible in large quantities without compromising food resources.

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