Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group

Dr. Javier Marugán is Full Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Water Analytical Laboratory (LAGUA) at URJC. He has been visiting researcher at the Institut für Technische Chemie (Hanover University, Germany), Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnológico para la Industria Química (Santa Fe, Argentina), Plataforma Solar de Almería (Spain), School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials (Newcastle University, UK), School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Harvard University, USA) and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA).

He has been working in photochemical processes for more than 20 years, especially in the synthesis of catalytic materials, their application to the photocatalytic oxidation of pollutants and the inactivation of microorganisms, and the modelling and scaling-up of photocatalytic processes. His significant experience on the mechanistic modelling of disinfection processes and radiation transport inside photoactive systems has been the focus of participation as leader investigator of URJC in the European Projects PCATDES, WATERSPOUTT (http://waterspoutt.eu) and PANI-WATER (http://paniwater.eu), and as coordinator of the Water JPI European Project MOTREM Water JPI (http://motrem.eu) and the REWATERGY project (http://rewatergy.eu), an MSCA-ITN European Industrial Doctorate network where three academic and three industrial partners will train 8 PhD students developing industrial prototypes for different applications in the water-energy nexus.

His scientific outcome has been published in 10 book chapters, 90 articles in peer-reviewed international JCR journals and more than 200 contributions to scientific congresses.


  • 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
    URL : http://rewatergy.eu/
    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.




  • Water Sustainable Point of Use Treatment Technologies (WATERSPOUTT)

    Funding : European Commission, Horizon 2020 (GA 688928)
    Start / End Years : 2016 - 2020
    URL : http://www.waterspoutt.eu/
    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
    URL : http://motrem.eu/
    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.















Mechanistic modelling of wastewater disinfection by the photo-Fenton process at circumneutral pH

Casado, C.; Moreno-SanSegundo, J.; De la Obra, I.; Esteban García, B.; Sánchez Pérez, J. A.; 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.


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.


Multitarget evaluation of the photocatalytic activity of P25-SiO2 prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition of P25-SiO2 Prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition

Martín-Sómer, M. A.; Benz, D.; van Ommen, R.; Marugán, J.


Synergistic and antagonistic effects in the photoelectrocatalytic disinfection of water with TiO2 supported on activated carbon as a bipolar electrode in a novel 3D photoelectrochemical reactor

Mesones, S.; Mena, E.; López Muñoz, M. J.; Adán, C.; Marugán, J.


Enhanced numerical simulation of photocatalytic reactors with an improved solver for the radiative transfer equation

Moreno-SanSegundo, J.; Casado, C.; Marugán, J.


Hydrogen production by water splitting with Mn3-xCoxO4 mixed oxides thermochemical cycles: A thermodynamic analysis

Orfila, M.; Linares, M.; Molina, R.; Marugán, J.; Botas, J. A.; Sanz, R.


Solar water disinfection in high-volume containers: Are naturally occurring substances attenuating factors of radiation?

García-Gil, A.; Valverde, R.; García-Muñoz, R. A.; McGuigan; K. G.; Marugán, J.


Intestinal parasitosis, anaemia and risk factors among pre-school children in Tigray region, northern Ethiopia

Wasihun, A. G.; Teferi, M.; Negash, L.; Marugán, J.; Yemane, D.; McGuigan, K. G.; Conroy, R. M.; Abebe; H. T.; Dejene, T. A.


Kinetic modeling of the synergistic thermal and spectral actions on the inactivation of Cryptosporidium parvum in water by sunlight

García-Gil, A.; Abeledo-Lameiro, M. J.; Gómez-Couso, H.; Marugán, J.


Photocatalytic degradation of atrazine in aqueous solution using hyperbranched polyethyleneimine templated morphologies of BiVO4 fused with Bi2O3

Charles Mahlalela, L; Casado, C.; Marugán, J.; Septien, S.; Thabile Ndlovu, Th.; Nsikayezwe Dlamini, L.


Kinetic modeling of the synergistic thermal and spectral actions on the inactivation of viruses in water by sunlight

García-Gi, A.; Martínez, A.; Polo-López,M. I.; Marugán, J.


Critical role of the light spectrum on the simulation of solar photocatalytic reactors

Casado, C.; García-Gil, A.; van Grieken, R.; Marugán, J.


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.


Experimental assessment of the cyclability of the Mn2O3/MnO thermochemical cycle for solar hydrogen production

Herradón, C.; Molina, R.; Marugán, J.; Botas, J. A.


Photocatalytic NOx removal: Rigorous kinetic modelling and ISO standard reactor simulation

Muñoz, V.; Casado, C.; Suárez, S.; Sánchez, B.; Marugán, J.


Evaluation of transformation products from chemical oxidation of micropullutants in wastewater by photoassisted generation of sulfate radicals

Rodríguez-Chueca, J.; Garcia-Cañibano, C.; Sarro, M.; Encinas, A.; Medana, C.; Fabbri, D.; Calza, P.; Marugán, J.


Comparing potentiostatic and galvanostatic anodization of titanium membranes for hybrid photocatalytic/microfiltration processes

Casado, C.; Mesones, S.; Adán, C.; Marugán, J.


Intensification of UV-C tertiary treatment: Disinfection and removal of micropullutants by sulfate radical based Advanced Oxidation Processes

Rodríguez-Chueca, J.; García-Cañibano, C.; Lepistö, R. -J.; Encinas, Á.; Pellinen, J.; Marugán, J.


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