Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group

Mª Isabel Pariente Castilla studied Chemical Engineering in Rey Juan Carlos University at Móstoles (1998-2003) and received her Ph.D. in 2008 at the same university working on the development of supported catalysts for the treatment of industrial wastewaters. She has occupied several teaching positions in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Technologies since 2007. She has been visiting researcher at the Technical University of Crete (Greece) in 2007 (group of Prof. Dionissios Mantzavinos); and at Istituto di Ricerca Sulle Acque, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, in Bari (Italy) in 2009 (group of Dr. Giuseppe Mascolo). Her main research interests are focused on the synthesis, characterization and catalytic application of heterogeneous catalysts based materials for its application in advanced oxidation processes. Moreover, in the last years she has worked in the integration of advanced oxidation processes with biological treatments. She has co-authored over 21 peer-reviewed scientific articles (H-index: 12, source Google Schoolar database, july 2018) and has participated in 9 research projects supported by public and private institutions. She has supervised 28 undergraduate students, 1 graduate students, and is currently supervising 1 PhD Thesis. Dra. Pariente is also Technically Responsible of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and the Water Analysis Laboratory (LAGUA) of URJC. The WWTP is located in the Technological Support Center at Móstoles Campus, providing an outstanding platform for the evaluation of new equipment and processes for water treatment.




  • 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.












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.


Low-cost Fe/SiO2 catalysts for continuous Fenton processes

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


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.


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.


Treatment of a wastewater from a pesticide manufacture by combined coagulation and Fenton oxidation

Pliego, G.; Zazo, J. A.; Pariente, M. I.; Rodríguez, I., Petre, A. L.; Leton, P.; García, J.


Treatment of an agrochemical wastewater by combined coagulation and Fenton oxidation

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


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.


Treatment of an agrochemical wastewater by integration of heterogeneous catalytic wet hydrogen peroxyde oxidation and rotating biological contactors

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


Influence of preoxidizing treatments on the preparation of iron-containing activated carbons for catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of phenol

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


Catalytic wet hydrogen peroxide oxidation of a petrochemical wastewater

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


Assesment of Fe2O3/SiO2 catalysts for the continuous treatment of phenol aqueous solutions in a fixed bed reactor

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


Heterogeneous catalytic wet peroxide oxidation systems for the treatment of an industrial pharmaceutical wastewater

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


Catalytic wet peroxide oxidation process for the continuous treatment of pulluted effluents on a pilot plant scale

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

  • Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technology, 11(1), 65-74 (2008)

Heterogeneous photo-Fenton oxidation of benzoic acid in water: Effect of operatin conditions, reaction by-products and coupling with biological treatment biological treatment

Pariente, M. I.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J. A.; Botas, J. A.; Velegraki, Th.; Xekoukoulotakis, N. P.; Mantzavinos, D.


Catalytic wet peroxidation of phenol in a fixed bed reactor

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

  • Water Science and Technology, 55(12), 75-81 (2007)

Nanocomposite Fe2O3/SBA-15: An efficient and stable catalyst for the catalytic wet peroxidation of phenolic aqueous solutions

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


Treatment of phenolic solutions by catalytic wet hydrogen peroxide oxidation over Fe2O3/SBA-15 extruded catalyst in a fixed bed reactor

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

  • Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 46, 4396-4405 (2007)

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