Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group

Raúl Molina (Madrid, 1976) studied Chemical Engineering in Complutense University of Madrid (1995-2000) and received his Ph. D in 2006 (Rey Juan Carlos University) working on synthesis and application of heterogeneous Fenton-like catalysts for the treatment of phenolic aqueous solutions and industrial wastewater streams. Raúl Molina has occupied several teaching positions in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Technologies,from 2001, being an associate professor since 2009. His main research lines are focused on the application of Fenton-like advanced oxidation processes for the treatment of industrial wastewaters streams and emerging pollutants and more recently hydrogen production.





  • 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.
















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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


Life cycle assessment and techno-economic evaluation of alternatives for the treatment of wastewater in a chrome-plating industry

Rodríguez, R.; Espada, J. J.; Gallardo, M.; Molina, R.; López-Muñoz, M. J.


Thermochemical hydrogen production using manganese cobalt spinels as redox materials

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


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.


Perovskite materials for hydrogen production by thermochemical water splitting

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


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.


Intensified-Fenton process for the treatment of phenol aqueous solutions

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


Chemical surface modified-activated carbon cloth for catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of phenol

Martínez, F.; Pariente, I.; Brebou, C.; Molina, R.; Melero, J. A.; Bremner, D.; Mantzavinos, D.


Study of the hydrogen production step of the Mn2O3/MnO thermochemical cycle

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


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

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


Treatment of an agrochemical wastewater by combined coagulation and Fenton oxidation

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


Biological removal of pharmaceutical and personal care products by a mixed microbial culture: Sorption, desorption and biodegradation

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


Coupling membrane separation and photocatalytic oxidation processes for the degradation of pharmaceutical pollutants

Martínez, F.; López-Muñoz, M. J.; Aguado, J.; Melero, J. A.; Arsuaga, J.; Sotto, A.; Molina, R.; Segura, Y.; Pariente, M. I.; Revilla, A.; Cerro, L.; Carenas, G.


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