Technologies and evaluation

This research area develops and evaluates methodologies and technologies for optimizing resources, energy efficiency, and cost minimization of processes related to the urban water system.

These objectives are achieved through the application of emerging, resource-optimization technologies of water supply, wastewater treatment, reclamation, and reuse. This area has an integral perspective of the integrated processes involved, from the river to human consumption and back to the system. The development of technologies is related to those best available but not entailing an excessive cost, while striving to achieve resource consumption reduction and optimization, related to water scarcity and improvement of the final product.

Lines of research

The lines of research of the Technologies and Evaluation Area are:
AIII1 Water supply and advanced treatment
AIII2 Wastewater treatment, reuse and resource recovery
AIII3 Modelling and management systems
AIII4 Unit operations



Group leader

Ignasi Rodríguez-Roda
Research Professor (UdG Associated)

Full professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Girona (UdG), has a MSc in Biotechnology (UAB, 1994) and a PhD in Industrial Engineering (UdG,1998). His current main field of research concerns the application of artificial intelligence tools (e.g. decision support systems) for the design, modelling, control and supervision of environmental domains, the activated sludge system, membrane bioreactors and other technologies for wastewater treatment, and the investigation of degradation mechanisms of pharmaceuticals and micropollutants.