Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group

  • Sustainable Reactor Engineering for Applications on the Water-Energy Nexus (REWATERGY) Photo-irradiation and Adsorption based Novel Innovations for Water-treatment

    Funding : European Commission, Horizon 2020 (GA 812574)
    Start / End Years : 2019 - 2023
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    Principal Investigator : Marugán Aguado, Javier
    Research Team : - Adán Delgado, Cristina - Marugán Aguado, Javier - Pablos Carro, Cristina - Perveen , Shabila - Pizzichetti , Angela Raffaella Pia 
    Summary : REWATERGY is a consortium of six partners composed by 3 universities and 3 companies with a balanced participation of beneficiaries and partner organizations, academic and non-academic. All the participants are mutually involved in scientific and educational tasks, formed in several fields (chemical analysis, environmental fate, photocatalysis, material science, membrane technology and water management), sharing the interest towards environmental studies and determined to achieve the primary objective of guaranteeing access to safe water to the entire society through the formation of young scientists specialist in water treatment.

  • Proyectos de I+D para jóvenes investigadores de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos: Desarrollo de procesos CI/UV-C para desinfección y eliminación de compuestos emergentes en aguas

    Funding : Comunidad de Madrid, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (FOTOCLORO)
    Start / End Years : 2020 - 2021
    Principal Investigator : Pablos Carro, Cristina
    Research Team : - Pablos Carro, Cristina 

  • Water Sustainable Point of Use Treatment Technologies (WATERSPOUTT)

    Funding : European Commission, Horizon 2020 (GA 688928)
    Start / End Years : 2016 - 2020
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    Principal Investigator : Marugán Aguado, Javier
    Research Team : - García Muñoz, Rafael A. - García Gil, Ángela - Marugán Aguado, Javier - Pablos Carro, Cristina 
    Summary : WATERSPOUTT aims at providing safe drinking water to communities who rely on unsafe sources. The consortium is carrying out a technological development programme to advance three applications based on Solar Disinfection (SODIS), which can make water safe to drink after it has been collected. In parallel, a social science programme has been structured to make sure that the technologies are adopted by the target communities in rural Africa, with the support of the local authorities and in an economically sustainable way.

  • Integrated processes for monitoring and treatment of emerging contaminants for water reuse (MOTREM, Water JPI Pilot Call)

    Funding : WATER JPI - Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad - Acciones de Programación Conjunta Internacional - (Water JPI JPIW2013-121)
    Start / End Years : 2014 - 2017
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    Principal Investigator : Marugán Aguado, Javier
    Research Team : - Casado Merino, Cintia - López Muñoz, Mª José - Martín Sómer, Miguel - Martínez Castillejo, Fernando - Marugán Aguado, Javier - Molina Gil, Raúl - Pablos Carro, Cristina - Pariente Castilla, Isabel - Segura Urraca, Yolanda 
    Summary : The MOTREM project is a Water JPI project that focuses on the development of integrated processes for monitoring and treatment of emerging contaminants (ECs), improving the efficiency of the removal of these pollutants in urban wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), especially for water reuse. The project aims to provide new technologies for water treatment and/or improving the existing ones through the development of integrated processes for monitoring and treatment of ECs in the current waterline of municipal wastewater treatment plants, especially focusing on the aspect of water reuse. For this goal, the project combines cross- and multi-disciplinary expertise on water treatment processes design and engineering, analytical chemistry and ecotoxicology applied to ECs that guarantee the generation not only on new scientific knowledge but also of innovative commercial solutions to the market.

Material selection and prediction of solar irradiance in plastic devices for application of solar water disinfection (SODIS) to inactivate viruses, bacteria and protozoa

García-Gi, A.; Pablos, C.; García-Muñoz, R. A.; McGuigan, K. G.; Marugán, J.

Modelling the combined effect of chlorine, benzyl isothiocyanate, exposure time and cut size on the reduction of Salmonella in fresh-cut lettuce during washing process

Cuggino, S. G.; Bascón-Villegas, I.; Rincón, F.; Péreza, M. A.; Posada-Izquierdo, G.; Marugán, J.; Pablos, C.; Pérez-Rodríguez, F.

Novel macroporous 3D photocatalytic foams for simultaneous wastewater disinfection and removal of contaminants of emerging concern

Martín-Somer, M.; Pablos, C.; de Diego, A.; van Grieken, R.; Encinas, A.; Monsalvo, V. M.; Marugán, J.

Assessment of full-scale tertiary wastewater treatment by UV-C based-AOPs: Removal or persistence of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes?

Rodríguez-Chueca, J.; della Giustina, S. V.; Rocha, J.; Fernandes, T.; Pablos, C.; Encinas, A.; Barceló, D.; Rodríguez-Moraz, S.; Manaia, C. M.; Marugán, J.

Novel procedure for the numerical simulation of solar water disinfection processes in flow reactors

García-Gil, A.; Casado, C.; Pablos, C.; Marugán, J.

Wavelength dependence of the efficiency of photocatalytic processes for water treatment

Martín-Sómer, M.; Vega, B.; Pablos, C.; van Grieken, R.; Marugán, J.

Novel antimicrobial agents as alternative to chlorine with potential applications in the fruit and vegetable processing industry

Pablos, C.; Romero, A.; de Diego, A.; Vargas, C.; Bascón, I.; Pérez-Rodríguez, F.; Marugán, J.

Concomitant inactivation of Acanthamoeba spp. and Escherichia coli using suspended and immobilized TiO2

Adán, A.; Magnet, Á.; Fenoy, S.; Pablos, C.; Del Águila, C.; Marugán, J.

Implications of Electrical Impedance-Based Microbiological Technology in Pork Meat Processing Industry for the Rapid Detection and Quantification of Salmonella Spp.

Pablos, C.; Marugán, J.; Cristóbal, S.; van Grieken, R.

Mechanism of photocatalytic disinfection using titania-graphene composites under UV and visible irradiation

Cruz-Ortiz, B. R.; Hamilton, J. W. J.; Pablos, C.; Díaz-Jiménez, L.; Cortés-Hernández, D. A.; Sharma, P. K.; Castro-Alférez, M.; Fernández-Ibañez, P.; Dunlop, P. S. M.; Byrne, J. A.

Electrochemical enhancement of photocatalytic disinfection on aligned TiO2 and nitrogen doped TiO2 nanotubes

Pablos, C.; Marugán, J.; van Grieken, R.; Dunlop, P.S.M.; Hamilton, J.W.J.; Dionysiou, D.D.; Byrne, J.A.

Influence of light distribution on the performance of photocatalytic reactors: LED vs mercury lamps

Martín-Sómer, M.; Pablos, C.; van Grieken, R.; Marugán, J.

Performance of TiO2 photoanodes toward oxidation of methanol and E. coli inactivation in water in a scaled-up photoelectrocatalytic reactor

Pablos, C.; Marugán, J.; Adán, C.; Osuna, M.; van Grieken, R.

Effects of natural antimicrobials on prevention and reduction of bacterial cross-contamination during the washing of ready-to-eat fresh-cut lettuce

Pablos, C.; Fernández, A.; Thackeray, A.; Marugán, J.

Understanding the effect of morphology on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanotube array electrodes

Adán, C.; Marugán, J.; Sánchez, E.; Pablos, C.; van Grieken, R.

Photocatalytic inactivation of Escherichia coli aqueous suspensions in a fixed-bed reactor

Marugán, J.; van Grieken, R.; Pablos, C.; Satuf, M. L.; Cassano, A. E.; Alfano, O. M.

Kinetic modelling of Escherichia coli inactivation in a photocatalytic wall reactor

Marugán, J.; van Grieken, R.; Pablos, C.; Satuf, M. L.; Cassano, A. E.; Alfano, O. M.

Correlation between photoelectrochemical behaviour and photoelectrocatalytic activity and scaling-up of P25-TiO2 electrodes

Pablos, C.; Marugán, J.; van Grieken, R.; Adán, C.; Riquelme, A.; Palma, J.

Determination of photochemical, electrochemical and photoelectrochemical efficiencies in a photoelectrocatalytic reactor

Marugán, J.; van Grieken, R.; Pablos, C.; Adán, C.; Timmers, R.

Photoelectrocatalytic study and scaling up of titanium dioxide electrodes for wastewater treatment

Pablos, C.; van Grieken, R.; Marugán, J.; Adán, C.; Osuna, M.; Palma, J.