Dr. Wolfgang Gernjak

ICREA Research Professor

Contact Details

Catalan Institute for Water Research, ICRA
email: wgernjak@icra.cat
Ph: +34 972 183 380
F:    +34 972 183 248

Short Biography

2002 MSc Chemistry Vienna University of Technology, Austria
2006 PhD Land and Water Management, Vienna University of Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria

2000 – 2006: External researcher, Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain
2006- 2008: Post-doc, Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain
2008 – 2014: Senior Research fellow, Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland, Program Leader: Drinking and Recycled Water

10/2014 to date: Senior Researcher, Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Research Leader: Water Supply and Advanced Treatment
11/2015 to date: ICREA research professor at ICRA, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies

Research Interests

- Treatment and water quality of potable, reclaimed, desalinated, and run-off water; 
- Membrane filtration, (advanced) oxidation, and adsorption processes. 
- Natural organic matter, trace organic contaminants, and disinfection byproducts. 
- Process monitoring and integration. 
- Sustainability, integrated urban water management, sustainable urban drainage systems, and smart cities.

I am interested in supervising PhD students working on the above mentioned topics.

Key Publications

Doederer, K., Farré, M.J., Pidou, M., Weinberg, H.S., Gernjak, W. (2014). Rejection of disinfection by-products by RO and NF membranes: Influence of solute properties and operational parameters. J. Memb. Sci. 467, 195-205.
Pikaar, I., Sharma, K.R., Hu, S., Gernjak, W., Keller, J., Yuan, Z. (2014). Reducing sewer corrosion through integrated urban water management. Science, 345(6198), 812-814. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1251418
M. Rattier, J. Reungoat, J. Keller, W. Gernjak (2014). Removal of micropollutants during tertiary wastewater treatment by biofiltration: Role of nitrifiers and removal mechanisms. Water Res 54, 89-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2014.01.030
Ayache C., Pidou M., Croué J.P., Labanowski J., Poussade Y., Tazi-Pain A., Keller J., and Gernjak W. (2013). Impact of effluent organic matter on low-pressure membrane fouling in tertiary treatment. Water Res., 47(8), 2633-2642.
Pype M.L., Patureau D., Wery N., Poussade Y., Gernjak W. (2013). Monitoring Reverse Osmosis Performance: Conductivity versus Fluorescence Excitation-Emission Matrix (EEM). J. Memb. Sci., 428, 205-211. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2012.10.027
Farré M.J., Radjenovic J., Gernjak W. (2012). Assessment of degradation by-products and NDMA formation potential during UV and UV/H2O2 treatment of doxylamine in the presence of monochloramine. Env. Sci. Technol., 46(23), 12904-12913.
Reungoat, J., Escher, B.I., Macova, M., Argaud, F.X., Gernjak, W., Keller J. (2012). Ozonation and biological activated carbon filtration of wastewater treatment plant effluents. Water Res., 46(3), 863-872. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2011.11.064
Malato S., Fernández-Ibáñez P., Maldonado M.I., Blanco J., Gernjak W. Decontamination and disinfection of water by solar photocatalysis. Recent overview and trends. Catal. Today, 143 (2009) 1-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2009.06.018
Gernjak, W., M. Fuerhacker, P. Fernández-Ibañez, J. Blanco, and S. Malato. (2006). Solar Photo-Fenton treatment – Process Parameters and Process Control. Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 64, 121-130. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2005.12.002
Gernjak W., Krutzler T., Glaser A., Malato S., Cáceres J., Bauer R., Fernández-Alba A.R. (2003). Photo-Fenton treatment of water containing natural phenolic pollutants. Chemosphere, 50, 71-78. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0045-6535(02)00403-4

PhDs supervised to completion

 Doederer, Katrin (2014). Disinfection by-products in high quality recycled water production with high pressure membranes. PhD Thesis, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland.

Rattier, Maxime (2013). Understanding of micropollutant removal during biological activated carbon filtration. PhD Thesis, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland.

Pype, Marie-Laure (2013). Monitoring reverse osmosis membrane integrity and virus rejection in water reuse. PhD Thesis, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland.

Ayache, Chrystelle (2012). Impact of biological pre-treatment on membrane fouling and micropollutant rejection in water recycling. PhD Thesis, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland

Ongoing PhDs

Mr Marc Sauchelli (ICRA) – completion expected in 2018
Mr Glen de Vera (University of Queensland) – completion expected in 2016
Mr Peng Liu (University of Queensland) – completion expected in 2016
Ms Elisabet Andrés García (University of Queensland) – completion expected in 2017


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