Ignasi Rodriguez Roda, Full Research Professor

Research Professor (UdG Associated), Technologies and evaluation Area

Contact Details
Catalan Institute for Water Research, ICRA
email: irodriguezroda@icra.cat
email: ignasi.rodriguezroda@udg.edu
Ph: +34 972 183 380
F: +34 972 183 248

Head of the Technologies and Evaluation Area (ICRA)
Full Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department (UdG), where I am member of LEQUiA research group.

Short Biography
Bachelor in Chemistry (UAB, 1992), MSc in Biotechnology (UAB, 1994) and a PhD in Industrial Engineering (UdG, 1998). I have published almost 100 papers in SCI journals (Hirsch Index 20), supervised 12 PhDs, and I have been involved (as IP and/or partner) in more than 50 public/private R+D+i projects (both at national and European level), and in several cooperation projects related to water treatment and sanitation in developing countries. I was entrepreneur of a spin off (SISLtech) in 2003 and have a patent in energy optimization of MBR. Among other management positions, I was the project manager of the Euro-Mediterranean Campus of Excellence in water and tourism (UdG-UIB-ICRA-CSIC), and I am the scientific coordinator of the Campus UdG_water, an innovative ecosystem that includes companies, administration and research institutions related to water issues;.

Research interests
My main research expertise is in the field of the activated sludge system, membrane bioreactors and other technologies for wastewater treatment and reuse, the investigation of degradation mechanisms of pharmaceuticals and micropollutants in water and wastewater treatment systems, and the application of artificial intelligence tools (e.g. decision support systems) for the design, modelling, control and supervision of environmental domains. My current research interested is related to closing the water cycle in cities and high water demand industries/activities, the development of decision support systems for water planning in watersheds, linking water resources and demands to economic/environmental/social outputs, exploring the concept of risiliance for the entire urban water cycle, the development of accurate models for membrane fouling, the integrated operation of multiple barriers for direct potable reuse, and any aspect that let me understand the real occurrence, fate and impact of emerging pollutants.

Current projects
ENV-2013.WATER INNO&DEMO-1 Water innovation demonstration projects. demEAUmed. Demonstrating integrated innovative technologies for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Mediterranean tourist facilities. 42 months (2014-2017) 5.9 M€ (ICRA 652.640 €)., In negotiation phase. Management coordinator LEITAT; Scientific coordinator. Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda.

ENV-2013.WATER INNO&DEMO-1 Water innovation demonstration projects. R3 Water. Demonstration of innovative solutions for Reuse of water, Recovery of valuable substances and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment. 42 months (2014-2017). 7.77 M€ (448.640€ ICRA). Coordinator: IVL Svenska Miljoeinstitutet AB (IVL). P.I. Lluís Corominas (ICRA).

540441-LLP-1-2013-1-ES-ERASMUS-EKA. AQUADEMIA: Competence based training and internship model for Innovationin Water related HEI educational offer. 24 months (oct 13 - nov 15), 460.372 €. P.I. Magüi Perez (UdG).

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014. TREATREC: Interdisciplinary concepts for municipal wastewater treatment and resource recovery. Tackling future challenges. 48 months (Jan 15 - Dec 18), 1.267.467 (495.746 ICRA), P.I. Mira Petrovic (ICRA).

CTM2012-38314-C02-01 Water-fate. The fate of micropollutants and disinfection by-products in integrated membrane systems followed by disinfection. The potential of indirect and direct potable reuse. 3 years (2013-2015), 130.000 €, P.I. Dr. Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda (UdG).

• Evaluation of micropollutants removal in reversible electyrodialisis facility for water treatment. Aigües Ter - Llobregat, 2014-2015, 24.000 € (P.I. Dr. Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda)

• Review of the Strategic Plan in water issues of Girona Town Hall. 2014, 12.000 € (P.I. Dr. Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda).

Key publications
Gabarrón S., Dalmau M., Porro J., Rodriguez-Roda I, Comas J. Optimization of full-scale membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment through a model-based approach. Chemical Engineering Journal. Accepted

Monclus H., Dalmau M., Gabarrón S., Ferrero G., Rodriguez-Roda I., Comas J. Full-scale validation of an air scour control system for energy savings in membrane bioreactors. Water Research, 79, 1-15 (2015). DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2015.03.032

Rubirola A., Llorca M., Rodriguez-Mozaz S., Rodriguez-Roda I., Barceló D., Buttiglieri G. Characterization of metoprolol biodegradation and its transformation products generated in activated sludge batch experiments and in full scale WWTPs. Water Research, 63, 21-32 (2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.05.031

Garcia N., Moreno J., Cartmell E., Rodriguez-Roda I., Judd S. The cost and performance of an MF-RO/NF plant for trace metals removal. Desalination, 309, 181 – 186 (2013). DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.10.017.

Collado N., Rodriguez-Mozaz S., Gros M., Rubirola A., Barceló D., Comas J., Rodriguez-Roda I., Buttiglieri G. Pharmaceuticals occurrence in a WWTP with significant industrial contribution and its input into the river system. Environmental pollution, 185, 202-212 (2014). DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.10.040

Dolar D., Gros M., Rodriguez-Mozaz S., Moreno J., Comas J., Rodriguez-Roda I., Barceló D. Removal of emerging contaminants from municipal wastewater with integrated membrane system, MBR-RO. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 239– 240 (2012) 64– 69 (2012). DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2012.03.029

Ferrero G., Rodriguez-Roda I., Comas J. Automatic control systems for submerged membrane bioreactors: a state-of-the-art review. Water Research, 46 (11), 3421–3433 (2012). DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2012.03.055

Collado N., Buttiglieri G., Ferrando-Climent L., Rodriguez-Mozaz S., Barceló D., Comas J., Rodriguez-Roda I. Removal of Ibuprofen and its Transformation Products: Experimental and Simulation Studies, Science of the Total Environment, 433, 296-301 (2012). DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.06.060

Marti, E., Monclús, H., Jofre, J., Rodriguez-Roda, I., Comas, J., Balcázar, J.L. Removal of microbial indicators from municipal wastewater by a membrane bioreactor (MBR). Bioresource Technology, 102(8), 5004-5009 (2011). DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2011.01.068

B.S. McIntosh, J.C. Ascough, M. Twery, J. Chew, A. Elmahdi, D. Haase, J. Harou, D. Hepting, S. Cuddy, A.J. Jakeman, S. Chen, A. Kassahun, S. Lautenbach, K. Matthews, W. Merritt, N.W.T. Quinn, I. Rodriguez-Roda, S. Sieber, M. Stavenga, A. Sulis, J. Ticehurst, M. Volk, M. Wrobel, H. van Delden, S. El-Sawah, A. Rizzoli, A. Voinov. Environmental decision support systems (EDSS) development – Challenges and best practices. Environmental Modelling & Software, 26(12), 1389-1402 (2011). DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2011.09.009

Dalmau, J., Comas, J., Rodriguez-Roda I., Pagilla, K., Steyer JP Model development and simulation for predicting risk of foaming in anaerobic digestion Systems. Bioresource Technology, 101 (12), 4306-4314 (2010). DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.01.056

Monclus, H., Sipma J., Ferrero, G., Rodriguez-Roda, I., Comas J. Biological nutrient removal in an MBR treating municipal wastewater with special focus on biological phosphorus renoval. Bioresource Technology, 101 (11), 3984-3991 (2010). DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.01.038

Sipma, J., Osuna, B., Collado, N., Monclús, H., Ferrero, G., Comas, J., Rodriguez-Roda, I. Comparison of removal of pharmaceuticals in MBR and activated sludge Systems. Desalination, 250 (2), 653-659 (2010). DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2009.06.073

Flores-Alsina, X., Comas, J., Rodriguez-Roda, I., Gernaey, K.V., Rosen, C. Including the effects of filamentous bulking sludge during the simulation of wastewater treatment plants using a risk assessment model. Water Research, 43 (18), 4527-4538 (2009). DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2009.07.033

Thesis Completed
• Development, Implementation and Evaluation of an Activated Sludge Supervisory System for the Granollers WWTP. Dr. Joaquim Comas Matas (UdG). Co-supervised with Professor Manel Poch (UdG), December 2000.

• Identificació dels paràmetres cinètics i estequiomètrics del procés de depuració de fangs actius mitjançant tècniques respiromètriques. Dr. Oriol Gutierrez Garcia-Moreno. Co-supervised with Dr. Jesús Colprim (UdG), October 2003.

• Metodologia de disseny conceptual d’estacions depuradores d’aigües residuals que combina el procés de decisió jeràrquic amb l’anàlisi de decisions multicriteri. Dr. Nuria Vidal Roberto. Co-supervised with Professor René Bañares Alcántara (U Oxford), February 2004. • A dynamic Knowledg-Based Decision Support System to handle solids separation problems in activated sludge systems: Development and Validation. Dr. Montserrat Martinez Puentes. Co-supervised with Dr. Joaquim Comas, February 2006.

• Control basat en Lògica Difusa per sistemas de fangs activats. Disseny, implementació i validació en EDAR reals . Dr. Mireia Fiter. Co-supervised with Dr. Jesús Colprim (UdG), March 2006. • Conceptual design of wastewater treatment plants using multiple objectives. Dr. Xavier Flores Alsina. Co-supervised with Dr. René Banares-Alcantara (U Oxford), March 2008. • Knowledge-based modelling and simulation of operational problems of microbial origin in WWTP. Dr. Jordi Dalmau. Co-supervised with Dr. Joaquim Comas, November 2009.

• Development of an air-scour control system for membrane bioreactors. Dra. Giuliana Ferrero. Co-supervised with Dr. Joaquim Comas, July 2011.

• Development of a decision support system for the integrated control of membrane bioreactors. Dr. Hector Monclús. Co-supervised with Dr. Joaquim Comas (UdG), November 2011. • Estudio de procesos BRM y desarrollo de una herramienta de monitorización del ensuciamiento. Dr. Elena Meabe Pinedo. Co-supervised with Dr. Luis Sancho (CEIT), Febrero 2014.

• Diagnosis, assessment and optimisation of the design and operation of municipal MBRs. Sara Gabarrón Fernández. Co-supervised with Dr. Joaquim Comas (UdG), May 2014.

• Integrated operation of membrane bioreactors: simulation and experimental studies. Montse Dalmau Figueras. Co-supervised with Dr. Joaquim Comas (UdG) and Dr. Eduardo Ayesa (CEIT), October 2014.