Prof. Susana Rodriguez-Couto

Ikerbasque Research Professor

Health and Water Division, Spain

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1999 Ph.D. on Chemistry,Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Vigo, Spain

1999 Degree in English, Official Language School, Vigo, Spain

1998 Degree in German, Official Language School, Vigo, Spain

1994 Diploma on Marine Chemistry, Naval Technical College, University of Cadiz, Spain

1992 B.Sc. and M.Sc on Chemistry (Industrial Chemistry), University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Research Fields

Environmental Biotechnology

Biochemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Publications (selected)

  1. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., DOMÍNGUEZ, A. AND SANROMÁN, A., 2002.Photocatalytic degradation of dyes in aqueous solution operating in a fluidised bed reactorChemosphere, vol. 46, pp. 83-86.
  2. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., BARREIRO, M., RIVELA, I., LONGO, M.A. AND SANROMÁN, A., 2002.Performance of a semi-solid-state immersion bioreactor for ligninolytic enzyme production: Evaluation of different operational variablesProcess Biochemistry, vol. 38, pp. 219-227.
  3. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., SANROMÁN, MªÁ., HOFER, D. AND GÜBITZ, G.M., 2004.Stainless steel sponge: a novel carrier for the immobilisation of the white-rot fungusTrametes hirsutafor decolourisation of textile dyes.Bioresource Technology, vol. 95, pp. 67-72.
  4. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., SANROMÁN, Mª Á. AND GÜBITZ, G.M., 2005.Influence of redox mediators and metal ions on synthetic acid dye decolourization by crude laccase fromTrametes hirsuta.Chemosphere, vol. 58, pp. 417-422.
  5. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S. AND TOCA-HERRERA, J.L., 2006.Industrial applications of laccases: A review.Biotechnology Advances,vol.24, pp. 500-513.
  6. OSMA, J.F., SARAVIA, MªV., TOCA-HERRERA, J.L. AND RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2007.Mandarin peelings: the best carbon source to produce laccase by static cultures ofTrametes pubescens.Chemosphere,vol. 67, pp. 1677-1680.
  7. OSMA, J.F., TOCA HERRERA, J.L. AND RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S. 2007.Banana skin: a novel waste for laccase production byTrametes pubescensunder solid-state conditions. Application to synthetic dye decolouration.Dyes & Pigments,vol. 75, pp. 32-37.
  8. OSMA, J.F., SARAVIA, MªV., TOCA HERRERA, J.L. AND RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2007.Sunflower seed shells: a novel and effective low-cost adsorbent for the removal of the diazo dye Reactive Black 5 from aqueous solutions.Journal of Hazardous Materials,vol. 147, pp. 900-905.
  9. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2007. Decolouration of industrial azo dyes by crude laccase fromTrametes hirsuta.Journal of Hazardous Materials,vol. 148, pp. 768-770.
  10. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., OSMA, J.F., SARAVIA, MªV., GÜBITZ, G.M. AND TOCA-HERRERA, J.L., 2007.Coating of immobilised laccase for stability enhancement: a novel approach.Applied Catalysis A: General,vol. 329, pp. 156-160.
  11. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S. AND TOCA-HERRERA, J.L., 2007.Laccase production at reactor scale by filamentous fungi.Biotechnology Advances,vol. 25, pp. 558-569.
  12. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2008. Exploitation of biological wastes for the production of value-added products under solid-state fermentation conditions.Biotechnology Journal,vol. 3, pp. 859-870.
  13. ENAYATZAMIR, K., ALIKHANI, H.A. AND RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2009.Simultaneous production of laccase and decolouration of the diazo dye Reactive Black 5 in a fixed-bed bioreactor.Journal of Hazardous Materials,vol. 164, pp. 296-300.
  14. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2009. Removal of dyes by immobilised fungi.Biotechnology Advances, vol. 27, pp. 227-235.
  15. RORIZ, M.S., OSMA, J.F., TEIXEIRA, J.A. AND RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2009. Application of response surface methodological approach to optimise Reactive Black 5 decolouration by laccase fromTrametes pubescens.Journal of Hazardous Materials,vol. 169, pp. 691-696.
  16. ENAYATZAMIR, K., YAKHCHALI, B., TABANDEH F. AND RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2010.Decolouration of azo dyes byPhanerochaete chrysosporiumimmobilised into alginate beads.Environmental Science and Pollution Research,vol. 17, 145-153.
  17. OSMA, J.F., TOCA-HERRERA, J.L. AND RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2010.Biodegradation of a simulated textile effluent by immobilised-coated laccase in laboratory-scale reactors.Applied Catalysis A: General, vol. 373, pp. 147-153.
  18. OSMA, J.F., TOCA-HERRERA, J.L. AND RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO S., 2010.Transformation pathway of Remazol Brilliant Blue R by immobilised laccase.Bioresource Technology, vol. 101, pp. 8509-8514.
  19. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2011. Production of laccase and decolouration of the textile dye Remazol Brilliant Blue R in temporary immersion bioreactors.Journal of Hazardous Materials,vol. 194, pp. 297-302.
  20. RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2012. A promising inert support for laccase production and decolouration of textile wastewater by the white-rot fungusTrametes pubescens.Journal of Hazardous Materials,vol. 233-234, pp. 158-162.
  21. MACHADO, I., TEIXEIRA, J.A. AND RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2013.“Semi-solid-state fermentation: a promising alternative for neomycin production by the actinomyceteStreptomyces fradiae”.Journal of Biotechnology, vol. 165, pp. 195-200.
  22. DAASSI, D., MECHICHI, T., NASRI, M. AND RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2013.“Decolorization of the metal textile dye Lanaset Grey G”.Journal of Environmental Management, vol.129, pp. 324-332.
  23. GIOIA, L., MANTA, C., OVSEJEVI, K., BURGUEÑO, J., MENÉNDEZ, P. AND RODRIGUEZ-COUTO, S., 2014.Enhancing laccase production by a newly-isolated strain ofPycnoporus sanguineuswith high potential for dye decolouration.RSC Advances, vol.4, pp. 34096-34103.
  24. ORMATEGUI, N., VELOSO, A., LEAL, G.P., RODRÍGUEZ-COUTO, S. AND TOMOVSKA, R., 2015.Design of Stable and Powerful Nanobiocatalysts, Based on Enzyme Laccase Immobilized on Self- assembled 3D/Polymer Composite Hydrogels.ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces,vol. 7, pp.14104-14112. Available from:

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