Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group

Fernando Martinez Castillejo studied Chemistry in Complutense University of Madrid for 1992-1997. He spent 4 years working on his doctoral thesis based on the treatment of wastewaters by means of the application of catalytic advanced oxidation processes. He joined to the Chemical Technology and Environmental Department of ESCET in Rey Juan Carlos University as Assistant Professor in 2001. Two years later (2003), he got his Ph.D degree in Complutense University. He became Associate Professor in Rey Juan Carlos University in 2009. He has made several stays to national and international institutions such as Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona), University of Manchester (UMIST, United Kingdom) and University of Santa Barbara (UCSB, USA) under the supervision of Frank St:über, Ian Metcalfe and Galen Stucky. His research is focused on the preparation and characterization catalyst supported over zeolitic and mesoporous materials for catalytic application in advanced oxidation processes for wastewater treatment. He is also working on the design of supported acid sulfonic catalysts with hydrophobic properties for application in acid catalyzed reactions for fine chemical processes. Moreover, he is also investigating on the synthesis and funtionalization of metallic organic frameworks (MOFs) as selective adsorbents for CO2 capture. He is participating as researcher in several projects supported by public and private funds which are focused on the development of integrated advanced oxidation processes for wastewater treatment coming from industry and sewage treatment plants. He is also responsible of the Laboratory of spectroscopic Techniques (LABTE) of Chemical Technology and Environmental Department, which is accredited by ENAC.

  • 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.

Biodiesel and biogas production from Isochrysis galbana using dry and wet lipid extraction: A biorefinery approach

Sánchez-Bayo, A.; López-Chicarro, D.; Morales, V.; Espada, J. J. Puyol, D.; Martínez, F.; Astals, S.; Vicente, G.; Bautista, L. F.; Rodríguez, R.

Trametes versicolor immobilized on rotating biological contactors as alternative biological treatment for the removal of emerging concern micropollutants

Cruz del Álamo. A.; Pariente, M. I.; Martínez, F.; Molina, R.

Novel and versatile cobalt Azobenzene-Based Metal-Organic Framework as hydrogen adsorbent

Montes-Andrés, H.; Leo, P.; Orcajo, G.; Rodríguez-Diéguez, A.; Choquesillo-Lazarte, D.; Martos, C.; Botas, J. A.; Martínez, F., Calleja, G.

Understanding the role of mediators in the efficiency of advanced oxidation processes using white-rot fungi

Vasiliadou, I. A.; Molina, R.; Pariente, M. I.; Christoforidis, K. C.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J. A.

Hydrogen production from steam reforming of acetic acid as a model compound of the aqueous fraction of microalgae HTL using Co-M/SBA-15 (M: Cu, Ag, Ce, Cr) catalysts

Megía, P. J.; Carrero, A.; Calles, J. A.; Vizcaíno, A. J.

Alkaline-earth metal based MOFs with second scale long-lasting phosphor behavior

Briones, D.; Leo, P.; Cepeda, J.; Orcajo, G.; Calleja, G.; Sanz, R.; Rodríguez-Diéguez, A.; Martínez, F.

Sustainable Fe-BTC catalyst for efficient removal of mehylene blue by advanced fenton oxidation

Martínez, F.; Leo, P.; Orcajo, G.; Díaz-García, M.; Sanchez-Sanchez, M.; Calleja, G.

Low-cost Fe/SiO2 catalysts for continuous Fenton processes

Martínez, F.; Molina, R.; Pariente, M. I.; Siles, J. A.; Melero, J. A.

Modeling the integrated heterogeneous catalytic fixed-bed reactor and rotating biological contactor system for the treatment of poorly biodegradable industrial agrochemical wastewater

Vasiliadou, I. A. ; Pariente, M. I.; Martinez, F.; Melero, J. A.; Molina, R.

Comparative life cycle assessment (LCA) study of heterogeneous and homogenous Fenton processes for the treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater

Rodríguez, R.; Espada, J. J.; Pariente, M. I.; Melero, J. A.; Martínez, J. A.; Molina, R.

Biological removal of pharmaceutical compounds using white-rot fungi with concomitant FAME production of the residual biomass

Vasiliadou, I. A.; Sánchez-Vázquez, R.; Molina, R.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J. A.; Bautista, L. F.; Iglesias, J.; Morales, G.

Simple and efficient treatment of high-strength industrial waste water using commercial zero-valent iron

Segura, Y.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J. A.

Wastewater sludges pretreated by different oxidation systems at mild conditions to promote the biogas formation in anaerobic processes.

Segura, Y.; Puyol, D.; Ballesteros, L.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J.A.

New URJC-1 Material with remarkable stability and acid-base catalytic properties

Leo, P.; Martínez, F.; Calleja, G.; Briones, D.; Wojtas, L.; Orcajo, G.

Zero valent iron (ZVI) mediated Fenton degradation of industrial wastewater: Treatment performance and characterization of final composites

Segura, Y.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J. A.; Fierro, J. L. G.

Intensified-Fenton process for the treatment of phenol aqueous solutions

Pariente, M. I.; Molina, R.; Melero, J. A.; Botas, J. A.; Martínez, F.

Extrusion of Fe2O3/SBA-15 mesoporous material for application as heterogeneous Fenton-like catalyst

Pariente, M. I.; Martínez, F.; Botas, J. A.; Melero, J. A.

Municipal sewage sludge to biodiesel by simultaneous extraction and conversion of lipids

Melero, J. A.; Sánchez-Vázquez, R.; Vasiliadou, I. A.; Martínez Castillejo, F.; Bautista, L. F.; Iglesias, J.; Morales, G.; Molina, R.

Treatment of an agrochemical wastewater by combined coagulation and Fenton oxidation

Molina, R.; Pariente, M. I.; Rodríguez, I.; Martinez, F.; Melero, J. A.

Experimental and modeling study on removal of pharmaceutically active compounds in rotating biological contactors

Vasiliadou, I. A.; Molina, R.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J. A.