Ignasi Rodriguez Roda, Full Research Professor

Contact Details

Catalan Institute for Water Research, ICRA

email: irodriguezroda@icra.cat (ignasi.rodriguezroda@udg.edu)

Ph: +34 972 183 380

Mobile: +34 618619946


WoS Researcher ID D-4817-2015

SCOPUS Author ID 6602289317

ORCID 0000-0002-8989-9061

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ignasi-rodriguez-roda-05906a20/

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Dr. Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda, senior researcher at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), and full professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Girona. He has published more than 150 papers in SCI journals (Hirsch Index 35 in January 2021), supervised 18 PhDs, and has been involved (as PI and/or partner) in more than 50 public/private R+D+I and transfer of technology projects (both at national and European level), and in several capacitation projects related to water treatment and sanitation in developing countries,

Dr Rodriguez-Roda, head of the Technologies and Evaluation area for the last 10 years (until 2020), is currently the PI of the consolidated research group ICRA-TECH, accredited by AGAUR (2017 SGR 1318). He made several international pre and postdoctoral research stays (University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Joanneum Research Institute, Austria; University of California, Berkeley, USA; and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA). He created a spin off (SISLtech) in 2003 and has two patents, one in energy optimization of MBR and another one in osmotic membrane bioreactors.

Among other management positions, he was the project manager of the Campus of Excellence in water and tourism (UdG-UIB-ICRA-CSIC), the scientific coordinator of the UdG Water Campus, an innovative ecosystem that includes companies, administration and research institutions related to water issues. He is the coordinator of the new Water Resources Science & technology MSc, the first master world-wide in the field of water applying problem-based learning (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12376302/).



1992 Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, engieering intensification (UAB)

1992 Post graduate physico-chemical treatment of industrial waste and wastewater (UAB)

1994 MSc Biotechnology (UAB) “Definition of a Knowledge-Based System for the control of urban nutrient removal wastewater treatment plants”. Supervisors: Professor Manel Poch (UdG) and Professor Javier Lafuente (UAB).

1998 PhD Industrial Engineering (UdG) “Development of a protocol for the application of knowledge-based systems in the management of urban WWTP”. Supervisors: Professor Manel Poch (UdG) and Professor Javier Lafuente (UAB).

2015 Introduction to WASH for development. International Water Center, University of Queensland (Australia).


Research Interests:

  • water and wastewater treatment and reuse
  • membrane bioreactors
  • forward osmosis
  • contaminants of emerging concern
  • artificial intelligence applied to the water domain
  • decision support systems
  • sewer mining
  • nature-based solutions
  • resource recovery and circular economy


Current and recent R-D projects:

  • WATINTECH. Smart Decentralized Water Management through a dynamic integration of technologies. Duration: 2015-2018. Call: ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks2014. Grant: 1.200.000 € (220.000 € ICRA).  PI Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda (ICRA).
  • INOW-ASIA: Development of Innovative multilevel formation programs for the new water leading professionals in South East Asia. Funding entity: European Commission. Call and programme: Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education. Duration: 2021-2024. UdG role: coordinator. PI: Dr Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda. Project grant: 946.752€.
  • EDICITNET. Edible Cities Network Integrating Edible City Solutions for social resilient and sustainably productive cities. Duration: 2018-2023. Call: H2020, Grant Agreement – 776665. Grant: 11.830.374,75€. (389.780€ ICRA). Coordinator: Humboldt University of Berlin (PI ICRA Dr. Joaquim Comas).
  • HYDROUSA. Demonstration of water loops with innovative regenerative business models for the Mediterranean region. Duration: 2018-2023. Call: H2020. Grant Agreement – 776643. Total Budget 9.958.706,88 €. ICRA Budget 474,300€. Coordinator: National Technical University of Athens (PI ICRA Dr. G. Buttiglieri).
  • Circular City Re.solution. Implementing nature based solutions for creating a resourceful circular city. Call: H2020, COST Action CA17133. Coordinator Guenter Langergraber, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien 2018-2022.
  • TREATREC: Interdisciplinary concepts for municipal wastewater treatment and resource recovery. Tackling future challenges. Duration: Jan 15 - Dec 18. Call: H2020, reference H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014. Grant: 1.267.467 (495.746 ICRA). PI Mira Petrovic (ICRA).
  • RegiReu. Recerca en tecnologies de regeneració d’aigües i gestió del risc per la reutilització. Call: RIS3CAT 2016, COMRDI16-1-0062. Duration: 2018-2020. Grant: 2.161.586,34€ (UdG 294.952,84). Coordinator: CTM.
  • INVEST Gestión integrada y adaptativa de cuencas fluviales desarrollando estrategias para la inversión óptima en infraestructuras urbans de agua. Duration: 2019-2021. Project: MINECO RTI2018-097471-B-C21.Grant: 133.100 €. PI:Wolfgang Gernjak ICRA.
  • Suggereix - Desenvolupament d’eines per al suport en la implementació i gestió de la Reutilització. Call: ACA. Duration: 2020-2022. Grant: 234.076 €. Coordinator: EURECAT.


Last papers published:

  • Katsou E., Nika C.E., Buehler D., Maric? B., Megyesi B., Mino E., Almenar J.B., Bas B., Becirovic D., Bokal S., Ðolic M., Elginöz N., Kalnis G., Garcia Mateo M.C., Milousi M., Mousavi A., Rincic I:, Rizzo A, Rodriguez-Roda I., Rugani B., Šalaševiciene A., Sari R., Stanchev P., Topuz E., Atanasova N. Transformation tools enabling the implementation of nature-based solutions for creating a resourceful circular city, Blue-Green Systems, 2(1), (2020) https://doi.org/10.2166/bgs.2020.929
  • Sbardella, L., Gala, I.V., Comas, J., Carbonell, S.M., Rodríguez-Roda, I., Gernjak, W. Integrated assessment of sulfate-based AOPs for pharmaceutical active compound removal from wastewater. Journal of Cleaner Production, 260, 121014 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.121014
  • Sauchelli Toran, M., D'Haese, A., Rodríguez-Roda, I., Gernjak, W. Fouling propensity of novel TFC membranes with different osmotic and hydraulic pressure driving forces. Water Research, Volume 175, 115657 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2020.115657
  • Brepols, C., Comas, J., Harmand, J., Heran, M., Robles, A., Rodríguez-Roda, I, Ruano, M.V., Smets, I., Mannina, G. (2020). Position paper - progress towards standards in integrated (aerobic) MBR modelling. Water Science and Technology, 81(1), 1-9. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2020.069.
  • Ferrari F., Pijuan M., Rodriguez-Roda I., Blandin G. Exploring Submerged Forward Osmosis for Water Recovery and Pre-Concentration of Wastewater Before Anaerobic Digestion: A Pilot Scale Study. Membranes 9, 97 (2019); doi:10.3390/membranes9080097. Open Access.
  • Sbardella L, Velo-Gala I, Comas J, Rodríguez-Roda Layret I, Fenu A, Gernjak W. The impact of wastewater matrix on the degradation of pharmaceutically active compounds by oxidation processes including ultraviolet radiation and sulfate radicals. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 380, (2019), Article number 120869, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.120869.
  • Acuña V., Bregoli F., Font C., Barceló D. Corominas Ll., Ginebreda A., Petrovic M., Rodríguez-Roda I., Sabater S., Marcé R. (2020) Management actions to mitigate the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in river networks in a global change context. Environment International, 143, 105993. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105993
  • Zraunig A., Estelrich M., Gattringer H., Kisser J., Langergraber G., Radtke M., Rodriguez-Roda I., Buttiglieri G. Long term decentralized greywater treatment for water reuse purposes in a tourist facility by Vertical Ecosystem. Ecological Engineering, Ecological Engineering 138, 138-147 (2019).



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